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KarlADrage
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Afternoon all,

Last Wednesday Gareth Stringer and myself were invited down to RAF Benson to talk to various high-ranking staff on the Merlin Force, and the first part of the subsequent report has just gone live at Global Aviation Resource.

Merlin Force Exclusive - From TELIC to HERRICK
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They've been in the spotlight of late with their forthcoming deployment to Afghanistan hitting the headlines, as the UK's helicopter force comes under the media microscope. Gareth Stringer and Karl Drage travelled to RAF Benson for GAR to take a close look at the Merlin Force.

A small smattering of images can be found below, with many more in the report itself.

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Part two will follow in next Tuesday's update.

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Hello Karl

Nice Pictures and a good Report!

Thx

Hans :wink: :wink:
HJ Breuer

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great report and pictures. looking forward to the next report as it's more engineering based. hopefully the SENGO will name drop us unsung Culdrose 2nd line lads who have been supporting the Merlin in theatre aswell!

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rig_pig_78 wrote:great report and pictures. looking forward to the next report as it's more engineering based. hopefully the SENGO will name drop us unsung Culdrose 2nd line lads who have been supporting the Merlin in theatre aswell!


Funnily enough Rig Pig - he does exactly that!

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Fantastic set of pics and good coverage of one of my favourite helis. Nice to se the pic of the 'pit all lit up. :clap:

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garethbrum wrote:
rig_pig_78 wrote:great report and pictures. looking forward to the next report as it's more engineering based. hopefully the SENGO will name drop us unsung Culdrose 2nd line lads who have been supporting the Merlin in theatre aswell!


Funnily enough Rig Pig - he does exactly that!


cool, make sure you get a link up!

garethbrum

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rig_pig_78 wrote:
garethbrum wrote:
rig_pig_78 wrote:great report and pictures. looking forward to the next report as it's more engineering based. hopefully the SENGO will name drop us unsung Culdrose 2nd line lads who have been supporting the Merlin in theatre aswell!


Funnily enough Rig Pig - he does exactly that!


cool, make sure you get a link up!


Only a week to wait mate!!

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Great stuff lads.

BTW, if Gareth ever needs a brilliant and often underrated photog to accompany him on future projects rather than having to put up with the likes of Skippy and you, I'm available for bookings! No weddings though... :wink: :grin:

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KevinJ wrote:Great stuff lads.

BTW, if Gareth ever needs a brilliant and often underrated photog to accompany him on future projects rather than having to put up with the likes of Skippy and you, I'm available for bookings! No weddings though... :wink: :grin:


You're on the list Kev, just like me :grin: (behind me but on the list all the same)

Only kidding mate, the boys have been getting some great gigs with all the work they have been putting in. Good things come to those who wait and work hard at it.

Nice work Karleen and Gareth. :biggrin:

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I know Geoff, only joking and I hate helicopters anyway...

Wait a minute, you say there's a list?!!!!

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Nice Job Karl! :biggrin: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Cheers Phil

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Not bad pictures those,could be sharper though :smile:

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well if Kev was ever invited the big "Kev" rain could would follow you around :lol:

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A well timed article, very well presented indeed. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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