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Morning all,

 

Here's a handful of images from a long awaited weekend shooting helicopters on Dartmoor. As ever, a pair of Junglie Merlins were on hand to support the Ten Tors Challenge, with a bonus visit from the Coastguard on the Saturday. Although frustrating at times, this weekend never fails to produce some fantastic photographic opportunities.

 

52059733317_19c6ae01be_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52063774295_171a24a059_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52062245217_0d04339705_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52063282236_4613efed45_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52064477337_4aac357370_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 07/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066008265_c73377e680_o.jpgLeonardo AW189 | G-MCX | HM Coastguard | Dartmoor | 07/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066452226_637e544313_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066685439_8188f8a5fe_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066686844_14866ab8da_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52067176385_f258cf24ea_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52067176350_018499713e_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066687546_aa0dd1a242_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066899896_611edb023c_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066913283_3bd0ed9f0d_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066899841_56400887ec_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52067613640_c680a93e7f_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52067358969_dd2fd916c8_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52067126661_1d499050d5_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52066668597_08f55f2a1f_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52067942329_e9c2a7bacd_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52067768286_c7e515e7c1_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4 | ZJ125/J | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

52068251100_33001d166d_o.jpgAgustaWestland Merlin HC4A | ZJ990/AA | Royal Navy | Dartmoor | 08/05/22 by Shaun Schofield, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking, hopefully they were of interest

 

Cheers,

 

Shaun

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Amazing photos as always. As an aside, I can't seem to figure why these aren't green though. They are the new-ish 'Junglies' aren't they?

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Simply magnificent Shaun, you've surpassed even your own high standards with this superb set. Some of the photos look air to air and the background is just fabulous. Well done and thanks for posting.  

 

Mark

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Terrific images as ever! Several of them look like they are air to air.  The pair of sheep in image eight have either seen it all before or they're not helicopter enthusiasts judging by their lack of interest. 

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Thanks all, much appreciated. As this is as close as I'm ever likely to get to shooting air to air, it should be no surprise this weekend is probably my favourite aviation event of the year :)

 

21 hours ago, Filler said:

Amazing photos as always. As an aside, I can't seem to figure why these aren't green though. They are the new-ish 'Junglies' aren't they?

 

I understand it's due to an expansion of the Junglie role- the aircraft will spend more time at sea and therefore grey is a more appropriate colour. Whilst I prefer the green as a colour, from a photographic perspective the grey is much easier to shoot!

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25 minutes ago, Seamus said:

Thanks all, much appreciated. As this is as close as I'm ever likely to get to shooting air to air, it should be no surprise this weekend is probably my favourite aviation event of the year :)

 

 

I understand it's due to an expansion of the Junglie role- the aircraft will spend more time at sea and therefore grey is a more appropriate colour. Whilst I prefer the green as a colour, from a photographic perspective the grey is much easier to shoot!

Hmm you've been posting on FB😉

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