RAF marks 50 years of Puma ops with national flypast

The Royal Air Force (RAF) has marked the 50th anniversary of its Westland Puma medium-lift tactical transport helicopter fleet by conducting a nationwide flypast, involving ten examples of the type, on July 7.

The formation departed RAF Benson, Oxfordshire – the type’s home base – at approximately 1030hrs (local time) before transiting north on the first leg of its national flypast. The flight flew over the British Midlands, visiting the RAF Museum in Hendon, London, and a variety of other RAF stations before it landed at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, at roughly 1155hrs (local time).

RAF Puma HC2 50th Anniversary Formation Flight at RAF Scampton 07-07-21 [Khalem Chapman]
The ten-ship helicopter formation that is conducting the national flypast in celebration of the Westland Puma's 50th anniversary in RAF service arrives at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, on July 7, 2021. Khalem Chapman


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