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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