We are underway at last on the last phase of our journey to get the "Rat Pack" (25 Team Ratters and three helicopters plus tons of bait) to South Georgia. Our three little birds had been nestling with their 'wings' ripped off in a hangar on East Falkland Island, after a long hot and salty trip in the dark hold of a big ship from the UK.
The three Bolkows had fared reasonably well but had taken some damage due corrosion and thermal effects they endured on the sea crossing.
One chopper was fine but the other two required extensive nurturing and some emergency spare parts flown from the UK.
Mark and Paul, our helicopter engineers, worked wonders in less than ideal circumstances and with just one extra day our little cabs were bladed up, polished, fuelled and flying sweetly.
…..and what did we do then to the happy little birdies? …We flew them onto the Antarctic bound RSS Ernest Shackleton, ripped their wings off again and shoved all three into an even smaller, darker hold.
Now we are deep at sea, heading towards our rendezvous with ecological time reversion.
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