Last Wednesday (the 1st of May) we visited Carlisle Airport to grab the Solway Aviation Museum aircraft. To our big surprise an exercise was taking place, we saw:
ZJ205 Apache AH1 unknown Apache AH1 unknown Apache AH1 ZA297/W Sea King HC4+ unknown/D Sea King HC4+ XZ678 Lynx AH7 Army ZD274 Lynx AH7 Army XZ177 Lynx AH7 Marines
The two unknown Apaches left before we arrived at the right spot. The Seak King coded D came in, but due to a lack of time we could't read it properly. Anyone for the serials of these choppers ?
BTW, one day later, Thursday the 2nd at 0730 AM (!!) the three Apaches flew incredibly lowlevel (and noisy) form North to South above the tranquil 10 mile long Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Incredible breakfast sight !
To answer my previous posted questions: The two unknown Apaches might very well be ZJ188 and ZJ299, serials taken from a 25-04 report. Code D, being a Sea King, belongs to the ZA299.
Just for the record: the helicopters (including French and Dutch ones the week earlier) were present to support the Ground Assault Attack part of Joint Warrior, in which huge paratroop landings at RAE West Freugh airfield were followed by attacking Castle Kennedy airfield, both situated a few miles South East of Stranraer, South-West Scotland.