RAF Pumas arrive in Ilford for Olympics role

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Ministry of Defence said:
RAF Puma helicopters have arrived at Ilford Territorial Army Centre as they prepare for a key role providing air security for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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#2
Well, I for one am very reassured to know that ancient old helicopters are forming the cutting edge of the Olypic Junket Protection Force.
 
#3
Can anyone tell me why they have snipers carrying shotguns in helicopters? I am genuinely intrigued. (Or indeed, is it something other than a shotgun?) It just struck me that shotguns are most efficient at close range... unlike helicopters.

As for the RAF posers...



Nails.
 
#4
Can anyone tell me why they have snipers carrying shotguns in helicopters? I am genuinely intrigued. (Or indeed, is it something other than a shotgun?) It just struck me that shotguns are most efficient at close range... unlike helicopters.

As for the RAF posers...



Nails.
That does look like a Benelli shotgun....
 

the_boy_syrup

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#5
Anyone who goes to all the trouble of stiching his RAF Reg mudguards and crossed rifles to his flying suit deserves to be allowd to carry what he wants.
He's even stuck a pretty badge on his deck hat.

The mail describe them as " a fearsome LCpl from a high ranking regiment"
Is that the new way of trying to say big three?
 
#6
Anyone who goes to all the trouble of stiching his RAF Reg mudguards and crossed rifles to his flying suit deserves to be allowd to carry what he wants.
He's even stuck a pretty badge on his deck hat.

The mail describe them as " a fearsome LCpl from a high ranking regiment"
Is that the new way of trying to say big three?
What does that crossed rifles symbol mean anyways?
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#8
Crossed rifles = marksman.
Crossed rifles with S as worn by our young sewing enthusiast = Sniper
The force is strong in you I detect a Wah
 
#9
A shotgun might make some sense. Terrorists are unlikely to have access to fighters and bombers. They might be able to get an ultralight and lay down an agent from an improvised dispersion device. Even if the laydown was not a live agent but something like baby powder, if an ultralight laid down a powder on a stadium packed with 80,000 people people could be killed in the panic that could occur. (Thinking Ibrox 1971, 66 dead, Hillsborough 1989, 96 dead, plus hundred injured). A shotgun could disable an ultralight pilot but the pellets are short range enough to reduce or eliminate collateral damage.
 
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Whats the device underslung on the shotgun, is it a laser or range finder? No wah intended !
It's an RAF ******** tool. Have to be trained to use one, most people just use a straw.
 
#16
Whats the device underslung on the shotgun, is it a laser or range finder? No wah intended !
According to a lad I know who took part in the lead up for this, the shotgun is modded for firing flares and the underling device is a laser.

All in all a horrendously gay set of phots. With the fetish for badges, I'm guessing 2 Sqn.
 
#19
A shotgun might make some sense. Terrorists are unlikely to have access to fighters and bombers. They might be able to get an ultralight and lay down an agent from an improvised dispersion device. Even if the laydown was not a live agent but something like baby powder, if an ultralight laid down a powder on a stadium packed with 80,000 people people could be killed in the panic that could occur. (Thinking Ibrox 1971, 66 dead, Hillsborough 1989, 96 dead, plus hundred injured). A shotgun could disable an ultralight pilot but the pellets are short range enough to reduce or eliminate collateral damage.
Max effective range of shotgun pellets against yumans is about 25yds. If you need to get that close, why not use tge rotor downwash to knock down said microlight.

Shotguns = good for breaching rounds and looking ally, not for shooting people.
 
#20
Max effective range of shotgun pellets against yumans is about 25yds. If you need to get that close, why not use tge rotor downwash to knock down said microlight.

Shotguns = good for breaching rounds and looking ally, not for shooting people.
Never mind the rotor downwash, the ground below is likely to be littered with casualties caused by doors dropping off the choppers.
 
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