Full Steam Ahead

Ian Harding reports on the start of a new era for UK military helicopter training, with the deliveries of the first H135s and H145

The first H145 Jupiter HT1 (G-CJIV) and H135 Juno HT1 (G-CJIW) arrive at RAF Shawbury.
Ian Forshaw/MoD Crown Copyright

An exciting new era beckons for the rotary wing element of the UK Military Flying Training System (UK MFTS) following the delivery of the first three new Airbus Helicopters to their main fiight training centre at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire on April 3, 2017. As AIR International discovered when it met with Airbus Helicopters at its UK headquarters at Oxford Airport, Kidlington in Oxfordshire, they are on schedule to meet the programme’s challenging deadlines.

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