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RAF ‘Tiger Puma’ in action

Photo: Ian Harding


AFM contributor Ian Harding captured Royal Air Force Puma XW224 completing a confined area landing (CAL) in the Salisbury Plain Training Area (SPTA) during August. This aircraft is the specially painted tiger-striped Puma belonging to No 230 Squadron based at RAF Benson in Oxfordshire. The helicopter received its tiger stripes in May last year in commemoration of its NATO Tiger Association heritage as well as the centenary of the RAF, which was celebrated the same year. Returning recently to the air after a significant period in maintenance, the aircraft has now lost the ‘RAF100’ logo applied last year but retains all of its eye-catching splendour.


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