Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA)
Photographic Logs for 2018
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Puma HC.2 (XW212) callsign 'Vortex 331' it is pooled with 28, 33 and 230 Squadron in January 2018 touching down on a Bronze age tumulus or burial mound.

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Thursday November 22, 2018 A quiet day with just a Gazelle and Apache, if you discount the Puma I missed.
Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XW846) callsign 'Army Air 76' with 667 (Multi-Platform Support Unit) Squadron based at AAC Middle Wallop on West Everleigh.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ233) callsign 'Panther 82' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron. It has a 'bagged' (blacked out) rear seat.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ233) callsign 'Panther 82' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.

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Monday October 22, 2018 A slow day with just a Merlin and a distant Gazelle. The confined areas had three visitors but were beyond my reach from the EvDZ.
Left to right: Merlin HC.3A (ZK001 'AF') with 845 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy using callsign 'Junglie 4??' based at RNAS Yeovilton. Gazelle AH.1 (XZ3??) using callsign 'Gauntlet 65' from Boscombe Down.

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Wednesday October 3, 2018 A quiet day missing a Boscombe based Bell 212 but catching just an Apach and Wildcat on the EvDZ.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ188) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ188) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ188) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ390) using callsign 'Carbon 09' with 1 Regiment Army Air Corps based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ390) using callsign 'Carbon 09' with 1 Regiment Army Air Corps.

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Wednesday September 26, 2018 A day of following the Bell 212 around, shooting it from five locations during its three sorties.
Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') callsign 'Army Air 731' of AAC 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight based at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ232) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ232) callsign 'Panther 81'.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ232) callsign 'Panther 81'.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZA766) callsign 'Army Air 757' with 667 (Multi-Platform Support Unit) Squadron based at AAC Middle Wallop on West Everleigh.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') callsign 'Army Air 735' of AAC 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight based at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') callsign 'Army Air 735'
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') callsign 'Army Air 735'
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') callsign 'Army Air 735'

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Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691) using callsign 'Army Air 744' of Conversion Flight 7 Regiment (formally 671 Squadron) in the CCDA.
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Tuesday July 3, 2018 A quiet time was spent on this hot and sunny day on the EvDZ.
Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691) using callsign 'Army Air 744' of Conversion Flight 7 Regiment formally 671 Squadron.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691) using callsign 'Army Air 744'.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB691) using callsign 'Army Air 744'.
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Airbus Helicopters H125 Ecureuil (G-ETPH) operated by QinetiQ.
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Left to right: Airbus Helicopters H125 Ecureuil (G-ETPH) operated by QinetiQ on behalf of the ETPS based at Boscombe Down.

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Wednesday May 16, 2018 Not much came from this dull day on the EvDZ.
Left to right: Griffin HAR.2 (ZJ705) with QinetiQ/MoD basesd at MoD Boscombe Down.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ180) with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.

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Thursday May 3, 2018 A morning at the FARP (forward air refuelling point) where the light was against me, followed by an hour or so with a Merlin.
Left to right: Apache AH.1s (ZJ222) with another using callsign Viper 01 and 02.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1s (ZJ222) with another using callsign Viper 01 and 02.
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Left to right: Chinook taking on fuel at the FARP.
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ403) with AAC 659 Squadron, 1 Regiment based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3A (ZJ992 'AB') with 845 Naval Air Squadron Royal Navy using callsign 'Junglie 417' based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3A (ZJ992 'AB') with 845 Naval Air Squadron Royal Navy using callsign 'Junglie 417'.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3A (ZJ992 'AB') with 845 Naval Air Squadron Royal Navy using callsign 'Junglie 417'.

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Friday March 16, 2018 A short quiet day.
Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 735' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight (formally 671 Squadron) during winch training exercises.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XX453) with QinetiQ based at Boscombe Down.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XX453) with QinetiQ based at Boscombe Down.

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Tuesday March 6, 2018 A day of brief visits to the confined areas.
Left to right: Chinook HC.4 (ZA677) using callsign 'Vortex 251' it is with 28 Squadron based at RAF Benson.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 (ZA677) using callsign 'Vortex 251' it is with 28 Squadron based at RAF Benson.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 (ZA677) using callsign 'Vortex 251' it is with 28 Squadron based at RAF Benson.
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Left to right: A400M Atlas C.1 (ZM416) using callsign 'Comet 452' of 24 Squadron during three hours of paradrop training during which there were two drops and countless low runs in and passes.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 (ZA670) using callsign 'Vortex 259' possibly with 27 Squadron based at RAF Odiham.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 735' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight (formally 671 Squadron). during two hours long winch training exercises.

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Wednesday February 28, 2018 A bitterly cold day due to the brisk easterly which produced some good confined action with less usually approaches from the west.
Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ123 'G') using callsign 'Commando 557' with 846 Naval Air Squadron.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ123 'G') of 846 Naval Air Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) callsign 'Panther 91' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron stirring up the light snow.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.6 (ZK558) using callsign 'Vortex 507' with 7 Squadron based at RAF Odiham.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.6 (ZK558) using callsign 'Vortex 507' with 7 Squadron based at RAF Odiham.
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Left to right: Griffin HAR.2 (ZJ705) using callsign 'Gauntlet 37' with QinetiQ.
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Left to right: Griffin HAR.2 (ZJ705) using callsign 'Gauntlet 37' with QinetiQ.

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Tuesday February 6, 2018 Little to get excited about today.
Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (ZB679) with 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight Army Aviation Centre, Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 using callsign 'Vortex 458'.

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Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) of 673 (AH Training) Squadron. Note the blacked out or 'bagged' rear seat's (pilots) position.
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Thursday February 1, 2018 A slower often dull day where I was seldom at the right place a the right time.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) of 673 (AH Training) Squadron. Note the blacked out rear seat's (pilots) position.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) of 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ403) using callsign 'Valiant 61' with 1 Regiment Army Air Corps based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Wildcat AH.1 (ZZ403) using callsign 'Valiant 61' with 1 Regiment Army Air Corps.
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Gazelle AH.1 (ZB679) with 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight Army Aviation Centre, Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 using callsign 'Vortex 450'.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 using callsign 'Vortex 450'.
Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ254 '54') using callsign 'AA729' of 670 (Training) Squadron.
Apache AH.1 (ZJ195) of 673 (AH Training) Squadron.

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Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Wednesday January 31, 2018 Lot's if CA activity today, but mostly all from the same Merlin which flew three sorties to the SPTA.
Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') using callsign 'Victor 557' of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron after moving to another confined area.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 (ZA710) using callsign 'Vortex 590' with 28 Squadron the Chinook Operational Conversion Unit based at RAF Benson, they are doing underslung loads training on West Everleigh.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 (ZA710) using callsign 'Vortex 590' with 28 Squadron they are doing underslung loads training.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ?) callsign 'Panther 81' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron. It has a 'bagged' (blacked out) rear seat as it lands near to sheep who don't seem bothered.
Apache AH.1 (ZJ187) callsign 'Panther 80' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron. It called up to say making a precautionary landing due to a low fuel warning preventing it from returning to Middlae Wallop. The instructor said it could be the gauge or a fuel leak and an engineering was coming out to them. The student pilot was putting in the safety pins.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') using callsign 'Victor 513' of 846 Naval Air Squadron after moving to another confined area after three sorties during the day to the SPTA.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron emerging out of the woods.

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Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Thursday January 25, 2018 A really nice winter's day, with a helo somewhere nearby almost at every moment. Getting close to any of them was the challenge of the day, so a real fittness check for the new year.
Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3 (ZJ126 'K') of 846 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ254 '54') using callsign 'AA729' of 670 (Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Squirrel HT.1 (ZJ254 '54') using callsign 'AA729' of 670 (Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) callsign 'Papa 84' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron. Note the blacked out rear seat's (pilots) position.
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Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) callsign 'Papa 84' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron. Note the blacked out or 'bagged' rear seat's (pilots) position.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) callsign 'Papa 84' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron. Note the blacked out rear seat's (pilots) position.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) callsign 'Papa 84' of 673 (AH Training) Squadron, which came back as 'Panther 84' later in the day. Note the blacked out rear seat's (pilots) position.
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Left to right: Puma HC.2 (XW212) callsign 'Vortex 331' it is pooled with 28, 33 and 230 Squadron.
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Left to right: Puma HC.2 (XW212) callsign 'Vortex 331'.