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Puma helicopter 50th anniversary paint scheme unveiled

Old 6th Jul 2021, 16:17
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Puma helicopter 50th anniversary paint scheme unveiled

https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/puma...heme-unveiled/

I was thinking, well that's another slap a bit of paint on the tail and call it done, then I realised the aircraft has been put back into the 70's scheme and it looks grand for it... deceptive but a joy to see, a full scheme. Niice one.






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Old 6th Jul 2021, 16:22
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I won't even mention they have the flag on the stb side upside down.... Ohh I just did, oh well.
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The Union Flag is always deemed to be seen flying with the flagstaff on the left. If seen from the other side, it will seem to be upside down.

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wait ... the stbd side is correct, so I assume the port side is wrong


well on reflection (no pun intended) the Americans do show the back of the flag on the starboard side so maybe you're right
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If it wobbles as it starts like the 230 Sqn Pumas I rode in did, at least it will be waving the flag,
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1. The stbd UJ is indeed correct, assuming the notional flagpole is aft of the airframe.

2. A tasteful scheme overall though. ✔️

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Originally Posted by Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh! View Post
wait ... the stbd side is correct, so I assume the port side is wrong


well on reflection (no pun intended) the Americans do show the back of the flag on the starboard side so maybe you're right
Yes, itís supposed to be as flying from a flagpole at the front of the aircraft, so it would be the back of the flag as you put it. It amazes me in this day and age and the fact that no doubt the design would have been back and forward up and down the food chain before being approved, you think one of them would have the spotted it.
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Mpn on aircraft as on a ship the “flagpole” goes to the front, so it is wrong, however that does not detract from a super scheme.



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You are of course correct, and it would look Ďnicerí and more natural if viewed from the port side. 👍
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XW224 - I last flew her in September 1983. She and all her stable mates have been given a fair bit more power since those days...the engines they always needed!

But where did those 38 years go?
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
XW224 - I last flew her in September 1983. She and all her stable mates have been given a fair bit more power since those days...the engines they always needed!

But where did those 38 years go?
PCSF and 230 also 38 years ago.
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Yes, itís supposed to be as flying from a flagpole at the front of the aircraft, so it would be the back of the flag as you put it. It amazes me in this day and age and the fact that no doubt the design would have been back and forward up and down the food chain before being approved, you think one of them would have the spotted it.
It wasn't spotted on the Typhoon where the flag was painted underneath, but the port and starboard wings were mirror images of each other, so one was always wrong regardless of where the pole was

In any event am I allowed to ask what'll happen once Scotland leaves?
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Interesting routing....

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Interesting routing....
Whoever drew that up has failed in their application to join Gapan.
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I started flying XW224 around NI in April 1973.
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Whoever drew that up has failed in their application to join Gapan.
Perhaps there's still a lot of faith in the map-reading skills of the bloke in the back?
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Well, the Puma 10 ship appeared just about on time and on track over Nottinghamshire so they obviously used a better map than that one.
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Well, the Puma 10 ship appeared just about on time and on track over Nottinghamshire so they obviously used a better map than that one.
Give it time. Anyone warned Monaghan?
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Puma 50th Tour @ Scampton

There was a good turnout at Scampton, with all ten helicopters arriving. (XW214 had a delayed lift, catching up with the rest en route).
Here are some of my photos. There was a very moody sky providing the background to approaching photos, clearing to a blue sky shooting them once passed.

The second five flew back to Waddington to refuel, subsequently rejoining the others around Newark on the second leg










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Superb, I was hoping they would have transited close to EGNX as they were passing Nottingham Derby area but sadly not.
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