Friday flare: Royal Navy Merlin lights the sky

It’s Friday, so here’s a lovely photo showing a Merlin HM1 helicopter of the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm blatting off a load of flares in stunning fashion.



The shot is one from a selection distributed by the Ministry of Defence from the RN’s annual Peregrine Trophy competition. The winner of the amateur maritime image award, it was taken by Petty Officer Weir from 829 NAS, which flies Merlin HM1s from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall. But I’ll ignore the MoD imagery website caption, which wrongly tags it as being a Lynx. Tut, they clearly didn’t have a Fleet Air Arm Observer working on that task. The shot underneath is poor quality as it’s zoomed in so much, but should show you what I mean. 


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We’re fully into display season in the UK now, with the air days at RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset and at Culdrose happening on the 13th and 24th of July, respectively. Highlights will include Merlin appearances, plus the stunning privately-owned de Havilland Sea Vixen, G-CVIX.


Between those, I’ll be reporting from the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire from next Friday, the 19th.

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