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The Puma is 40     Black Peter Mountain Flying Training
In Action
33 and 230 Squadron - (Benson Wing)
RAF Benson

(Joint Helicopter Command)
Westland Puma HC.1 operational time-line:

33 Squadron
RAF Odiham September 1971 to June 1997
RAF Benson June 1997 to current day

230 Squadron
RAF Odiham October 1971 to September 1980
RAF Gutersloh September 1980 to April 1992
RAF Aldergrove May 1992 to November 2009
RAF Benson November 2009 to current day

Role Demo
Troop insertion by fast rope.
Puma HC.1s (XW199 and ZA937) participating in a role demo at RAF Benson in September 2011.
Left to right: Troop insertion and Troop exfiltration from the battle area. Transportation of light field gun.

Off base in the Snowdonia Mountain Flying Training Area (MFTA)
Puma HC.2 (ZJ955 'P') better known as 'Black Peter' in May 2015.
Left to right: Puma HC.2 (ZJ955 'P') of 230 Squadron callsign 'Baron' in the MFTA.

On Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA)
Puma HC.2 (XW232) in February 2016.
Left to right: Puma HC.2 (XW232) now with RAF Benson Wing (33/230 Squadron). It had been part of the QinetiQ Test Fleet operating from Boscombe Down September 2012 to April 2013 as it was the first Eurocopter HC.2 conversion. It also sill shows feint 'KFOR' markings on the side in February 2016.
Puma HC.2 (XW231) in the Lindens using callsign 'Vortex 302' in January 2017.
Puma HC.2 (ZJ956) in the CCDA using callsign 'Vortex 305' in January 2017.
Left to right: Puma HC.2 (ZJ956) using callsign 'Vortex 305' in January 2017.
Puma HC.2 (XW219) using callsign 'Vortex 003' the crew identify and check out the landing zone in the Confined Area carefully and after several low passes approach and drop in with all crew advising the pilot of the proximity of the trees and the ground. September 2014.
Puma HC.2 (XW219) in September 2014.

Off Base
Puma HC.1s (XW226 and XW212) at the FRP on Salisbury Plain Training Area during exercise 'Pashtun Jaguar 2-11' in August 2011.
Puma HC.1s (XW199 and ZA937) at RAF Benson in September 2011.
Left to right: Puma HC.1 (XW199 and ZA937) at RAF Benson in September 2011.
Left to right:  Puma HC.1 (XW199) at low level through the Lake District in September 2006. Puma HC.2 (ZA936) in the Derwent Valley in September 2014.

On Base
Puma HC.1 (ZA937) heads line-up at RAF Benson in September 2011
Puma HC.1 (XW199 and ZA937) at RAF Benson in September 2011.
Left to right: Puma HC.1 (XW199 and ZA937) at RAF Benson in September 2011.
Left to right: Puma HC.1 (ZA937) at RAF Benson in September 2011.
Puma HC.1 (XW199) about to depart to RAF Benson.
Left to right: Puma HC.1 (XW199) departing from RAF Northolt in March 2009. 
Left to right: Puma HC.2 (XW213) at RAF Northolt in October 2014.