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Photographic Logs for 2011

Gazelle HT.3 (XZ936 '6') of QinetiQ / Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS), Copehill Down is in the background in November 2011.

Monday December 12, 2011 Constantly being moved around the DZ all day I was rewarded with two Lynx and three Squirrel, one of each came right up close.
Left to right: Lynx AH.7 (XZ669 'I') using callsign 'Redcat 37' of 671 Squadron based at AAC Middle Wallop.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ191 'A') using callsign 'Redcat 47' of 671 Squadron.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ251 '46' c/s 'Army Air 279' and later ZJ250 c/s 'Army Air 725') of 670 Squadron based at AAC Middle Wallop.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ191 'A') using callsign 'Redcat 47'.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ191 'A') using callsign 'Redcat 47'.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ191 'A') using callsign 'Redcat 47' of 671 Squadron.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ191 'A') using callsign 'Redcat 47'.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ252 '52' c/s 'Army Air 710') of 670 Squadron.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ252 '52' c/s 'Army Air 710') of 670 Squadron.

Lynx AH.7 (ZD274 'E') of 671 Squadron descending in to a Confined Area on December 5, 2011.
Monday December 5, 2011 Starting off in the Confined Area I moved to the DZ for an Apache only to see a Tornado F.3 doing circuits, a quick dash to Boscombe paid off finishing at the DZ having failed to catch the Raspberry Ripple Sea King which left Boscombe while I was there.
Left to right: Lynx AH.7 (ZD274 'E' ) in a Confined Area, it dropped in to this location a couple of times before moving to two other clearings.
Lynx AH.7 (ZD274 'E' ) in a Confined Area.
Lynx AH.7 (ZD274 'E' ) in another Confined Area after circling around several times.
Apache AH.1 (ZJ212) using callsign 'Panther 85'.
Apache AH.1 (ZJ197) much later in the day.

Wednesday November 30, 2011 Missed a Puma which arrived before I could get close enough at 08:30. The day was still busy with two Gazelle, three Lynx, a Squirrel twice and a Bell 212 at two locations.
Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XX453) of QinetiQ - Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron (RWTES).
Gazelle AH.1 (XX453) of QinetiQ.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ251 '51') of 670 Squadron based at AAC Middle Wallop.
Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067) of 671 Squadron.
Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067) of 671 Squadron.
Lynx AH.7s (ZD274 'E' and ZD281 'K') using callsigns 'Redcat 39' and Redcat '35' of 671 Squadron.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ251 '51') of 670 Squadron based at AAC Middle Wallop appearing for the second time in the day.
Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691) using callsign 'Army Air 841' of 671 Squadron.

Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067) using callsign 'Army Air 256' of 671 Squadron in a Confined Area dropping down in three or four woodland clearings.
Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067) in a Confined Area.

Thursday November 24, 2011 A very quiet day on Salisbury Plain with just this Lynx AH.7 (XZ283 'D') of 671 Squadron the only helicopter seen operating for an hour at the end of the day.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ283 'D') of 671 Squadron.

Lynx AH.7 (XZ283 'D') of 671 Squadron.
Thursday November 17, 2011 From dawn to dusk the light was good today. The day started wth a Lynx operating a good walk away joined by an QinetiQ - ETPS Gazelle which was not shy of the camera. The afternoon saw a pair of Apache AH.1 flying four circuits of the strip before going in to the hover just feet away, as usual not sure what they were up to. Finally just after sunset a Lynx landed an shutdown followed by an Apache and Chinook operating with the 7 Squadron - Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing (JSFAW) which arrived together and landed beside the Lynx. 20 minutes later they departed in more or less total darkness.
Gazelle HT.3 (XZ936 '6') callsign 'Tester 07' of Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS).
Gazelle HT.3 (XZ936 '6')
Apache AH.1
Pair of Apache AH.1s (callsign 'Radical').
Pair of Apache AH.1s (callsign 'Radical').
Twilight rendezvous Apache AH.1, Lynx AH.7 and Chinook HC.2 (ZA710 'AR') operating with the 7 Squadron - Joint Special Forces Aviation Wing (JSFAW).

Thursday October 6, 2011 A move to the landing zone for the afternoon paid off with two or three Squirrels, an Apache and Lynx making numerous approaches and landings.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ250 '50') of 670 Squadron based at AAC Middle Wallop.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ243 '43') of the Defence Helicopter Flying School.
Apache AH.1 (ZJ223)
Lynx AH.7 (XZ194 'V') of 671 Squadron based at AAC Middle Wallop.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ194 'V') of 671 Squadron.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ194 'V') of 671 Squadron.
Thursday October 6, 2011 A very slow morning with just this Squirrel doing a couple of approaches to the airstrip before consulting their map and giving me a wave before as they departed to the north.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ243 '43') of the Defence Helicopter Flying School.

SPTA FRP Thursday August 11, 2011 The weather was poor with heavy drizzle to start but got it brighter later in the day.
Anonymous Apache AH.1 with Puma HC.1 (XW212) of 33/230 Squadron from RAF Benson.
Merlin HC.3 (ZJ130 'O') of 28/78 Squadron from RAF Benson arrive alongside Apache AH.1
Merlin HC.3 (ZJ130 'O') and Chinook HC.2 (ZA714 'AV') of 18/27 Squadron of Odiham Wing, Joint Helicopter Command.
Apache AH.1 (ZJ188)
Apache AH.1 (ZJ188).

AAC Netheravon Thursday August 11, 2011
Chinook HC.2 (ZA714 'AV') of 18/27 Squadron of Odiham Wing, Joint Helicopter Command, it has a 'Chinook 30 years' special tail.
Merlin HC.3 (ZJ130 'O') over the SPTA.
Merlin HC.3 (ZJ130 'O') and Puma HC.1 (XW226) of 23/330 Squadron.
Cockpit shot of Chinook HC.2 (ZA714 'AV'), Apache AH.1 (ZJ197), it is equipped with a blue M34 Hellfire training round on the starboard pylon and a Collective Training Missile (CTM). The CTM has a light which indicates to the ground forces on the ground that they have been 'hit' during the training exercise. The Joint Operations Centre (JOC) at Netheravon for the duration of the exercise, its operations are designed to replicate those at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.

Chinook HC.2 (ZA707 'AO') of 18/27 Squadron of Odiham Wing, Joint Helicopter Command.
Exercise Pashtun Jaguar Friday January 28, 2011
Lynx AH.7 (XZ678).
Chinook HC.2 (ZA707 'AO') and Chinook HC.3 (ZH902) of 18/27 Squadron of Odiham Wing, Joint Helicopter Command.
Lynx AH.7 (XZ670) it has a Browning M3M 0.5 calibre machine gun mounted on the cabin door.
Friday January 28, 2011
Apache AH.1 (ZJ193) with 653/662/663 Squadron, 3 Regiment based at Wattisham.
Merlin HC.3A (ZJ990 'AA') of 28/78 Squadron of Benson Wing, Joint Helicopter Command. Gazelle AH.1 (ZB683) of 651 Squadron, Joint Helicopter Command it was simulating an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) during the exercise.
Westland Sea King HC.4 (ZA291 'N') flying low over Salisbury Plain during exercise Pashtun Jaguar.
Friday January 28, 2011 AAC Netheravon during exercise Pashtun Jaguar
Forward Operating Base on Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA
Sea King HC.4s (ZA291 'N' and ZF120 'Z') of 848 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons based at RNAS Yeovilton.
Sea King HC.4s (ZA291 'N' and ZF120 'Z') of 848 and 846 Naval Air Squadrons based at RNAS Yeovilton.
Chinook HC.3 (ZH902) operated by 18/27 Squadron of Odiham Wing on the Joint Helicopter Command on the ground at Netheravon.
Apache AH.1s (ZJ172, ZJ193 and ZJ202) of 663 Squadron AAC based at Wattisham deployed at Netheravon as part of exercise Pashtun Jaguar.

Copehill Down (FIBUA) Military Training Village (Fighting in built-up areas)
Westland WAH-64 Apache AH.1 (ZJ193) with 653/662/663 Squadron, 3 Regiment based at Wattisham, outside Copehill Down. 
Thursday January 27, 2011
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ193) with 653/662/663 Squadron, 3 Regiment based at Wattisham. 

Westland Sea King HC.4 (ZA291 'N') of 848 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton and just back from Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.
Left to right: Sea King HC.4 (ZA291 'N'), there is a Browning M3M 0.5 calibre machine gun mounted on the cabin door.
Chinook HC.3 (ZH902) operated by 18/27 Squadron of Odiham Wing on the Joint Helicopter Command.
Left to right: Chinook HC.3 (ZH902) operated by 18/27 Squadron of Odiham Wing on the Joint Helicopter Command with troops from 42 Commando Royal Marines embarking.
Left to right: Sea King ASaC.7 (XV697 '181') of 849 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose it was used in the SKASaC (Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control) role during the exercise.
Left to right: Forward Air Controllers (FAC) from 3 Commando Brigade (Cdo Bde) during a live capability demonstration at Copehill down. 3 Cdo Bde troops during a Shura with Copehill Down (FIBUA) Military Training Village (Fighting in built-up areas).