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Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« on: Feb 11, 2017, 02:36 PM »
I have in my possession, incredible raw helicopter footage of QE2 coming into Dubai at the end of the final voyage.

I thought I'd share some screenshots here.



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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #1 on: Feb 11, 2017, 02:40 PM »
Four more images, as the helicopter swoops round the bow of the ship, amazingly close to her.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #2 on: Feb 11, 2017, 02:45 PM »
Four more as the helicopter approaches from the stern, and zooms along the port side,
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #3 on: Feb 11, 2017, 03:05 PM »
After approaching the stern, the helicopter flies low over the decks, and right over the top of the funnel.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #4 on: Feb 11, 2017, 04:17 PM »
Thanks for sharing these fantastic views!

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #5 on: Feb 11, 2017, 04:58 PM »
That is some nice footage indeed, they got really close, or they did zoom in a lot.

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #6 on: Feb 11, 2017, 05:20 PM »
6 more attached.

The video looks clear when playing, but less clear when I freeze it to get a screen-grab... have asked an expert for help with this.

They get very close indeed at times.

These screenshots take me to 7 minutes into the video, which is nearly an hour long.... and includes close-ups of the yacht Dubai and the Royal Navy Salute.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #7 on: Feb 11, 2017, 05:37 PM »
Some more.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #8 on: Feb 11, 2017, 05:45 PM »
They fly very close, then zoom too.

I'm now using a deinterlace option on my video software which is helping the clarity immensely.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #9 on: Feb 11, 2017, 05:50 PM »
More.

Can you see yourself!?
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #10 on: Feb 11, 2017, 06:33 PM »
I can see myself on the port bridge wing in several of the shots Rob!

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #11 on: Feb 11, 2017, 06:40 PM »
I was on the forward look out area under the bridge, but not at this point. However, you can see the lion rampant flags I had hanging from the sun deck aft port side. Well done.
« Last Edit: Feb 12, 2017, 01:55 PM by Cunarder Man »

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #12 on: Feb 11, 2017, 06:42 PM »
I'm sure this would be the guy filming!
« Last Edit: Feb 11, 2017, 06:44 PM by Cunarder Man »

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #13 on: Feb 11, 2017, 07:16 PM »
Rob, did they also make photographs, ore just only video?

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #14 on: Feb 12, 2017, 05:41 AM »
These are amazing photographs, Rob! Thanks for sharing them! :)
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #15 on: Feb 12, 2017, 01:35 PM »
I'm sure this would be the guy filming!

Yes, that's the helicopter I see in the video, I recognise the guys shoes too!  Amazing!

6 more attached.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #16 on: Feb 12, 2017, 01:57 PM »
The Royal Navy must have them, this was a helicopter from HMS Lancaster I think. Even if not The RN must have great pics too.

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #17 on: Feb 12, 2017, 03:16 PM »
Hey Cunarder Man- You are in Capture #36 onward, and video-ing - clear as a bell!

These are Fantastic, Rob :)
Thank you so much for showing us these in such great detail.
Did they come with sound too...
(Not for the first time, there are tears - for QE2  :'( )

Now - a question for either Rob, Holy Nougat and or Flagship!
Please - in Capture #46 - the last one, and Capture 33,  immediately aft of GBTT, it looks as if there are two 'greenhouse-like' areas of glass panes either side of the base of the great Mast, enclosing something, one on portside the other starb'd - with an entry in between the two... 
Please can you say something about the enclosures etc?
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Moderator's comment : Please turn here for the answer and a continuation of the discussion on the "greenhouse-like" areas :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,7531.0.html
« Last Edit: Feb 15, 2017, 09:06 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
QE2 has been waiting alongside in Dubai for very nearly  whole years... she seriously needs to be earning her keep....

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #18 on: Feb 12, 2017, 05:50 PM »
The Royal Navy must have them, this was a helicopter from HMS Lancaster I think. Even if not The RN must have great pics too.

The helicopter is marked DU-325, which at a guess is a Dubai registration? I could not find it during an internet search.

Amazing to see the film-maker sitting in the open door, his legs dangling! And someone behind him waving to the ship :). Little did they know...

Wonderful captures, Rob -- thank you for letting us see them!

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #19 on: Feb 12, 2017, 08:35 PM »
The Royal Navy must have them, this was a helicopter from HMS Lancaster I think. Even if not The RN must have great pics too.

Not sure about that; the helicopter in that picture is registered DU-325.  That's not a UK military serial but it is a current Dubai military serial.

It's a Bell 412:

http://www.airplane-pictures.net/photo/779083/du-325-heli-dubai-bell-412/

The UAE air force has six of them and they are mainly used for search and rescue work.
« Last Edit: Feb 12, 2017, 08:38 PM by Peter Mugridge »
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #20 on: Feb 12, 2017, 11:55 PM »
Rob, all of these photos are wonderful, amazing, and now extremely poignant, since our girl has been languishing for so long.  The close up shots of the bridge are breathtaking along with QE2's call letters up on top.  How many aboard her at this time thought that QE2's triumphal arrival would be the start of her imprisonment.  :'(
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #21 on: Feb 15, 2017, 01:18 PM »
Four more images, as the helicopter swoops round the bow of the ship, amazingly close to her.

"Capture 7" is awesome - love shots of ships heading towards the camera!

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #22 on: Feb 15, 2017, 08:08 PM »
I've got a day off work on Friday, I'll post some more screen captures then!
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« Reply #23 on: Feb 15, 2017, 08:47 PM »
As Ever late to the table, but what a find , thank you so much Rob, keep em coming please, her last moments , but hell such moments eh!!

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #24 on: Feb 16, 2017, 07:07 PM »
6 more for you.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #25 on: Feb 16, 2017, 07:25 PM »
The helicopter cameraman zooms in for a look at who's on the bridge wing.

Someone we know is there...
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #26 on: Feb 16, 2017, 07:33 PM »
Thanks very much, Rob, for posting these amazing photos !  To have these is such a treasure !
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #27 on: Feb 16, 2017, 07:35 PM »
6 more, the last for tonight.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #28 on: Feb 16, 2017, 07:43 PM »
Captures 48, 49, and 50 show so many people on deck, QE2 almost looks like a troop ship again !
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #29 on: Feb 16, 2017, 09:22 PM »
I am standing to the right of the door in hello the  next to female officer and behind Captans wife....

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #30 on: Feb 16, 2017, 09:27 PM »
I am standing to the right of the door in hello the  next to female officer and behind Captans wife....

I spotted you a mile off on the video!  Can you remember what you were discussing, and how you were feeling?
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« Reply #31 on: Feb 17, 2017, 08:42 AM »
Brilliant captures Rob,

Just marvelling at the size of QE2's bridge wings!

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« Reply #32 on: Feb 17, 2017, 08:51 AM »
Frustrated and annoyed.

And you wouldn't believe the main subject being discussed!

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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #33 on: Feb 17, 2017, 08:55 AM »
And you wouldn't believe the main subject being discussed!

At a guess... nothing to do with the event or QE2 at all... being English, I would have to ask if the subject was "The weather"?
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #34 on: Feb 17, 2017, 09:38 AM »
Frustrated and annoyed.

And you wouldn't believe the main subject being discussed!

Those really were her last ever moments of moving under her own power.  Incredible to think of it, even now.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #35 on: Feb 17, 2017, 11:22 AM »
Continued.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #36 on: Feb 17, 2017, 01:59 PM »
Frustrated and annoyed.

And you wouldn't believe the main subject being discussed!

Those really were her last ever moments of moving under her own power.  Incredible to think of it, even now.

Yes, incredible to think of it.  And what wonderful photos to have of QE2 during her last voyage.  She is viewed from every possible angle, and she looks incredibly beautiful, powerful, dignified, and so very sure of herself ! 

The photos bring even more meaning to what has been said about QE2 right along, that she is absolutely beautiful from every angle - perfection !
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #37 on: Feb 17, 2017, 07:20 PM »
Some more.
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Re: Unseen Helicopter Footage of QE2 coming into Dubai
« Reply #38 on: Feb 17, 2017, 07:53 PM »
You know what Rob, as sad - really sad as these images are, the detail enclosed must be a minefield for the likes of Lachlan.
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« Reply #39 on: Feb 17, 2017, 08:37 PM »
Amazing photo clips from the video.

 The number of people out on the decks bring back many memories of what it was like to sail on QE2.  People did not sit in their cabins they were on deck and enjoying the occasion and there were many occasions, maybe not as grand as this sail in to Dubai but special just the same. 
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