Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA)
Photographic Logs for 2019
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Monday December 2, 2019 The only helicopter visiting the DZ today was this very welcome Gazelle.
Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XZ340) using callsign 'Army Air 744' it still retains its 25th Flight BATUS (British Army Training Unit Suffield) scheme from when it operated in Suffield, Alberta, Canada.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XZ340) using callsign 'Army Air 744' is operated by MoD / Standard Aero based at Fleetlands.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XZ340) using callsign 'Army Air 744' is operated by MoD / Standard Aero based at Fleetlands.

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Tuesday October 22, 2019 The Bell 212 made a number of sorties today, the first two dropped in to as many confined areas as they could in the shortest time.
Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 731' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight based at AAC Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 731' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 731' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 731' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 731' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 731' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 733' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.

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Wednesday October 2, 2019 Nothing seen till 3:30 when Bell 212 arrived on EvDZ, passing on to three locations in the Lindens before returning to the EvDZ and going on to the Pennings and the CCDA. Later a Merlin arrived from Deptford Down for the Pennings.
Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 733' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 733' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 733' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 733' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3i (ZJ130 'O') with 846 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy using callsign 'Junglie 560' based at RNAS Yeovilton.
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Left to right: Merlin HC.3i (ZJ130 'O') with 846 Naval Air Squadron, Royal Navy using callsign 'Junglie 560' based at RNAS Yeovilton.

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Thursday September 26, 2019 Showers and sun, but just the two helicopters to chase whilst missing an elusive Puma.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ203) with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ203) with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XX405) callsign 'Army Air 005' with 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight based at AAC Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XX405) callsign 'Army Air 005' with 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.

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Wednesday August 21, 2019 Mostly dull with a few bright periods for three visits by Middle Wallop based helicopters.
Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 001' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight based at Middle Wallop in the most confined of confined areas for long winch training.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ207) callsign 'Panther 82' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZJ969 'K') using callsign 'Army Air 001' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Gazelle AH.1 (XX405) callsign 'Army Air 74' with 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight based at AAC Middle Wallop.

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Wednesday June 5, 2019 An Apache day with three involved with student training, each sortie involving the same manouevres including landing on slopes.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) callsign 'Panther 84' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron, the morning sortie on W-Ev.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ178) callsign 'Panther 84' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ216) callsign 'Panther 84' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron, afternoon sortie. 'Panther 81' is in the background.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ216) callsign 'Panther 84' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ216) callsign 'Panther 84' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ196) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ196) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.

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18(B) Squadron Chinook HC.5 (ZH901) from RAF Odiham assisting 2 (Training) Regiment Army Air Corps with their underslung loads (USL) phase 2 training.
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Tuesday May 21, 2019 Yet another slow day on EvDZ, that is until the only movement appeared at 17:30 for USL training on West Everleigh. The ground crew were in place setting up their 'camp' and kit from early afternoon. The Chinook was hovering and circling around for two hous and in the evening light it was well worth the long wait.
Left to right: Chinook HC.5 (ZH901) callsign 'Vortex 590' with 18(B) Squadron from RAF Odiham and 2 (Training) Regiment Army Air Corps during USL training.

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Tuesday February 19, 2019 Another slow day on EvDZ, with just one sortie and as luck would have it, the same Apache as my previous slow day last week. But, this time even though the sun was hidden when it arrived it soon came out in style, enabling some stunning images over the hour it was there.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ227) callsign 'Panther 90' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron, 7 (Training) Regiment based at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ227) callsign 'Panther 90' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ227) callsign 'Panther 90' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ227) callsign 'Panther 90' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron with my car in the background.

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Thursday February 14, 2019 The slowest of days, misty in the morning and just an Apache after it lifted on the EvDZ.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ227) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron, 7 (Training) Regiment based at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ227) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ227) callsign 'Panther 81' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.

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Wednesday January 30, 2019 Two helos to shoot today on the EvDZ and in a Confined Area.
Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ216) callsign 'Army Air 079' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron, 7 (Training) Regiment.
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Left to right: Apache AH.1 (ZJ216) callsign 'Army Air 079' with 673 (AH Training) Squadron.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067 'B') using callsign 'Army Air 001' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight based at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067 'B') using callsign 'Army Air 001' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight based at Middle Wallop.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067 'B') using callsign 'Army Air 001' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067 'B') in Lindens 1 confined area using callsign 'Army Air 001' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
(DSLR full-frame sensor + Canon EF 24-105mm (55mm) f.4L IS II USM at 1/125 f4 ISO 200 with -1 exposure compensation).
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067 'B') using callsign 'Army Air 001' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.
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Left to right: Bell 212HP AH.1 (ZK067 'B') using callsign 'Army Air 001' of 7 (Training) Regiment Conversion Flight.

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Airbus Helicopters H125 Ecureuil (G-ETPF) using callsign 'Tester 07' it is with QinetiQ.
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Monday January 28, 2019 Just the two helos to shoot today on the EvDZ.
Left to right: H125 Ecureuil (G-ETPF) using callsign 'Tester 07' it is with QinetiQ.
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Left to right: H125 Ecureuil (G-ETPF) using callsign 'Tester 07' it is with QinetiQ.
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Chinook HC.6A (ZA677) using callsign 'Vortex 260' it is with 28 Squadron at RAF Benson.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.6A (ZA677) using callsign 'Vortex 260', it is with 28 Squadron the Operational Conversion Unit for Chinook and Puma HC.2 based at RAF Benson.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.6A (ZA677) using callsign 'Vortex 260', it is with 28 Squadron.
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Left to right: Chinook HC.4 (ZA677) using callsign 'Vortex 260', it is with 28 Squadron.