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« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2015, 12:36:49 PM »

Danish Agusta Westland EH-101 Merlin Mk.512 by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2015, 08:49:27 AM »

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« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2015, 04:41:34 PM »

MONARCH OF ALL I SURVEY

845 NAS at Twentynine Palms earlier this year.  From my article on 845's recent conversion to the Merlin in the December issue of AFM. 
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« Reply #18 on: December 28, 2015, 08:14:32 PM »

THE DESERT SEA

Another one from my article on 845 NAS. 
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« Reply #19 on: January 22, 2016, 10:37:50 AM »

Westland EH-101 Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
Westland EH-101 Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
Westland EH-101 Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
Westland EH-101 Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
Westland EH-101 Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
Westland EH=101 Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
Westland EH-101 Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
Westland EH-101 Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
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« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2016, 01:18:56 PM »

LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS

Lt Pete Crease, 845 Naval Air Squadron's newest Merlin pilot.  Pete was my escort during my visit to Twentynine Palms to cover the Royal Navy/Royal Marines det there last year.  Between him, the squadron's OPSO, and the Commando Helicopter Force PAO photographer who was assigned to the det, I have never had such a warm welcome while working an article. 

This was my first time using the Pentax Asahi Super Takumar 50mm f/1.2 on a for-real shoot.  Really dig that lens, thanks to Jeff and Scott for getting me hooked on it.  It's now my go-to lens for statics and portraits. 
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« Reply #21 on: February 17, 2016, 04:38:31 PM »

When  I was shooting Pentax I had the Takumar 50mm 1.2 and it was my go to lense next to the 135mm which was an awesome Takumar lense.  This is a very nice capture Joe.  Well done.
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« Reply #22 on: February 27, 2017, 09:46:51 AM »

Visiting Brits - Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr
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« Reply #23 on: February 27, 2017, 01:54:25 PM »

Visiting Brits - RAF Merlin by wingsnstuff, on Flickr

The following information was provided by Rob Finch, one of my Flickr followers from the UK.

All the Merlins previously operated by the Royal Air Force were recently turned over to the Royal Navy as the latter retired it's Westland-built Sea King HC.4 Commando fleet.

These ex RAF Merlins are currently being 'navalised' with folding tail rotor boom and main rotors along with other upgrades and they join the original fleet of Navy ASW Merlins which have also been recently upgraded

The upshot of the changes are that:

The RAF will have the Boeing Chinook and Airbus Puma,
The Navy will have the Merlin and Wildcat and
The Army will have Wildcats and Apaches
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« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2017, 04:15:49 PM »

JUNGLIE GREEN GIANT


"All the Merlins previously operated by the Royal Air Force were recently turned over to the Royal Navy as the latter retired it's Westland-built Sea King HC.4 Commando fleet."

Yup.  This was shot in 2015 when 845 NAS was just a few months into the transition from the Commando Sea King.  Interestingly, about half the squadron was RAF at the time - pilots, aircrewmen, and engineers. Pretty sure both 845 and 846 are 100% Navy personnel now.

Unfortunately, the Royal Navy is painting its 'green' (Navy helicopters assigned to Commando Helicopter Force, which is tasked primarily with supporting 3 Commando Brigade, Royal Marines) Merlins gray.  Not a popular decision at all.
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« Reply #25 on: February 28, 2017, 08:21:38 AM »

Thanks for the additional background and new image.  The two Merlin images I posted are old shots that I never processed.  I liked the way they turned out and thought both might be good enough to be posted on the AZAP pages.  I hope all is well with you.  I did see several of you images will scanning through aviation magazines at Barnes and Noble recently.  Congrats and well done.  The images were spectacular.   I will be making a trip back to Arizona in September for my College Football Team's 50 Reunion (Yes, I actually did play college football).   Susie and I will be there most of the month, so maybe I'll be able to participate in an AZAP shoot if you have one scheduled.  All the best from the Low Country of South Carolina. 
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« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2017, 09:54:43 AM »

Oh, excellent.  As it gets closer, let me know what dates you'll be in town and I'll see if we can set something up, or at least meet for some outside-the-fence shooting somewhere.

Love the two recent Merlin shots too - very in-your-face.
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« Reply #27 on: July 18, 2017, 12:00:39 PM »

URBAN JUNGLIE

An 845 NAS Merlin over the Combined Arms Military Operations in Urban Terrain (CAMOUT) range at Twentynine Palms.  Hands-down the most impressive training facility I've ever seen. 
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« Reply #28 on: July 18, 2017, 12:37:57 PM »

Nice capture Joe. 
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