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Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Merlin Helicopter's Journey to Afghanistan

BBC News

It is two years since the UK sent the first Merlin helicopters nearly 4,000 miles (6,400km) to Afghanistan. It is too far to fly the RAF helicopter. So, how do they get there? At double the weight of a double-decker bus and standing at roughly the height of a bungalow, Merlin helicopters are not easy to shift half way around the world. They cannot simply be flown over, says pilot Flt Lt Patrick Hearne. They need too many fuel stops and there are issues with flying over certain countries. Full Story

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