China keeps on buy­ing

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Or­ders for Rus­sian He­li­copters’ An­sats and Mi-171a2s and Leonardo’s AW139S make China an ex­cel­lent cus­tomer

Bab­cock In­ter­na­tional marked the cen­te­nary of the Armistice by paint­ing one of its Air­bus EC145 mede­vac he­li­copters with this gar­land of pop­pies. The dra­matic art­work stretches all around the he­li­copter, over­lay­ing its Wales Air Am­bu­lance Char­ity liv­ery, and also fea­tures the words ‘100 Years’ in English and Welsh on the nose.

The idea came from Bab­cock’s Grant El­gar, a for­mer mil­i­tary pi­lot who has been fly­ing for the char­ity for the past ten years. He ex­plains: “Mark­ing the Armistice is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to me. I spent 23 years in the armed forces and I’m proud to al­ways wear a poppy on my flight suit at this time of year. Sev­eral of our air­craft fea­ture one too, but for the Cen­te­nary I wanted to do some­thing more. There are ex­actly 100 pop­pies on the air­craft, all in­di­vid­ual spe­cial­ist stick­ers, so it took a while to fix them into place, but the fi­nal de­sign looks great. There isn’t an­other he­li­copter like it any­where in the world and I hope it helps spread an im­por­tant mes­sage of re­mem­brance.”

“Mark­ing the Armistice is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant to me,” says Grant El­gar, the Bab­cock pi­lot be­hind the idea

The EC145 was dec­o­rated with a gar­land of 100 pop­pies, stretch­ing all the way round the air­craft

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