Friday, March 12, 2010

PICTURE of the day: RAF Chinook flight in Helmand

The first leg of the journey and the aircraft is coming in to land to pick us up

They don't hang around so getting on as quick as possible is important. Being quick with a full bergen, weapon and other kit is easier said than done

Back on the ground again and the aircraft is hidden in the dust thrown up when it landed

The nearer it gets the more dust is thrown up

Flying low level over the desert passing nomadic settlements

Looking down the side of the Chinook as we head north up the Helmand valley

As we bank hard flying low level the rear door gunner look out for signs of trouble

Pictures: Maj Paul Smyth

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