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RAF Chinook Creates Dust Cloud Landing in Afghanistan

RAF Chinook Creates Dust Cloud Landing in Afghanistan


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RAF Chinook Creates Dust Cloud Landing in Afghanistan

A Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter comes into land at Camp Bastion, Helmand, Afghanistan follwoing a mission.
The Chinook is a very capable and versatile support helicopter that can be operated in many diverse environments ranging from cold weather arctic conditions to desert warfare operations.
The RAF operates the largest fleet of Chinook Support Helicopters after the US Army, with a total of 34 HC2s, 6 HC2As and 8 HC3s (the HC3 has yet to enter operational service). The Chinook Wing, which forms the heavy-lift element of the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC), is based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire. Odiham supports three operational squadrons, No 7 Squadron, No 18 Squadron and No 27 Squadron, and the Operational Conversion Flight

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The print captures a powerful moment as an RAF Chinook helicopter creates a massive dust cloud while landing at Camp Bastion in Helmand, Afghanistan. This versatile support helicopter is known for its exceptional capabilities and can operate in various environments, from freezing arctic conditions to desert warfare operations. With a fleet of 34 HC2s, 6 HC2As, and 8 HC3s (which are yet to enter operational service), the RAF operates the second-largest number of Chinook Support Helicopters after the US Army. The heavy-lift element of the Joint Helicopter Command (JHC), known as the Chinook Wing, is based at RAF Odiham in Hampshire. RAF Odiham supports three operational squadrons - No 7 Squadron, No 18 Squadron, and No 27 Squadron - along with the Operational Conversion Flight. These helicopters play a crucial role in supporting missions and campaigns like Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. As this majestic aircraft descends onto Afghan soil amidst swirling brownout conditions caused by its rotor wash hitting dusty terrain, it symbolizes both strength and resilience. The brave men and women of the Royal Air Force risk their lives every day to ensure safety and security on foreign lands. This image serves as a reminder of their unwavering dedication to duty while highlighting the incredible machinery that aids them in their noble mission.

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