UNIC Cranes at Bastion

Cast your mind back a a year, I covered UNIC Spider Cranes in a post about cranes and aircraft shelters.

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How about an update from the GGR Group

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And a great picture from Kerry at GGR

Unic crane at Bastion used for access to Chinook helicopters
Unic crane at Bastion used for access to Chinook helicopters





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Ace Rimmer
July 30, 2013 10:49 am

Tell me what’s wrong with a Bedford 4-Tonne with an Atlas crane on the back? Half the price and twice the utility, with a truck you can also put the engine straight into the transportation box on the flatbed on the back and drive it away, all with one vehicle. With the crane you have to have two vehicles.

July 30, 2013 12:22 pm

Aren’t the Bedford’s going soon? Might well because the crane is easier to move, you can easily put into an ISO with your PEP, might not want to tie up a Bedford just for ECU change on a chinny, possibly no real need for a Bedford on a chinney Sqn probably a bit too big.

Ace Rimmer
July 30, 2013 12:45 pm

Topman: re Bedford, any generic truck will do:) REME had them for transporting around Ground Service Equipment (GSE), I’m sure the RAF have something similar for the same job.

TD, hang it underneath!

July 30, 2013 1:13 pm

Not really very few on any unit (or similar), for GSE either on a civvy flat bed type van or towed.

Ace Rimmer
July 30, 2013 1:41 pm

Topman: Civvy flatbed?! Whatever happened to mobility?! Times have changed…


July 30, 2013 1:50 pm

Most of that stuff is long gone. Most MT is leased or bought overseas, if it’s staying on base. Bits and bobs still about plus 2MT.

Ace Rimmer
July 30, 2013 2:31 pm

TD & Topman, I’m still stuck in the halcyon days of Bedford MK’s and Landrover Lightweights, I’ll think I’ll sit in the corner and sulk for a little while…

paul g
July 30, 2013 6:16 pm

what happens when your Bedford with your only crane goes VOR? Had a 4t off the road for 8 months at middle wallop, screwed up aircraft recovery for ages, plus the fact you need a HGV driver to move it. The crane I pointed out could actually fit through a standard door!! I’m saying nothing about the lazy bastards going for the bigger version so they get a seat!!!!

edited to add on a documentary about Afghanistan, they followed a Chinook from the UK to the sandpit and they waited 24 hours for an available crane and in the end the REME tipped up with a foden recovery, lost 2 days of a Chinook in total.

Ace Rimmer
July 31, 2013 10:16 am

Paul g, pros and cons I guess…

Re: the Chinook, don’t they have an airframe mounted jib and winch that can be used? The Lynx did, used it now and again for an engine change when the crane went U/S.

Not the most interesting of subjects GSE, but useful none the less…

Ace Rimmer
July 31, 2013 10:27 am

Found a pic of the winch and jib for the Lynx, no engines, no electrickery, just a big wind handle!


July 31, 2013 12:01 pm

Looks similar to the ones used on FJ (bar harrier) in use, looks like two big fishing rods