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  • united kingdom Operation Rich Man



    Coventry Cathedral had been rebuilt after the damage from WWII and was approaching its opening date. RAF 66 Squadron planned and executed a 3 phase operation to lift the sprire into place:
    • undertake a practice run with a replica of the correct dimensions and weight, at RAF Odiham
    • lift the 4000 lb flèche (lattice spire) onto a small base plate (known as Operation Needle)
    • lift the cross onto the flèche (known as Operation Camel).


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        27apr62 to may62 UK 66 Squadron Royal Air Force Type 192 Belvedere

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Bristol Type 192 Belvedere XG465    

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