EH-101 Merlin at Hospital

by Rui Sousa December. 28, 2007 10218 views

Finally managed to get the PoAF EH-101 landing on top of the Funchal Central Hospital helipad. What a great view, seeing this big bird coming in from the sea, heading your way.
This post is dedicated specially to Capt. Pinho and all the PoAF Merlin crews in general

Almost on top of me for the first exploratory passage with retracted gears. The head of a crewmember watching through the bubbled window.

Moving away to get into the circuit, after the first passage. WOW!! It's one of the two CSAR Merlins. Still hadn't got any of them. Lots of heads looking through the windows. On the first one after the cockpit, someone is also taking photos.

Going in for the first landing.

The only area without buildings around is to the west and to the south (although there are some buildings to the south, it's mainly small houses).

Almost there. Already some people to the balconies. It's not every day you get to see this.

Taking off for the first time.

Moving away with some crew member watching through the open window.

Sorry for the not so good quality but the crew member watching for the window is a nice point of interest. Yellow helmet (is it the recovery guy? The one that goes into the "soup" to get people in distress?). Notice also the patch he's wearing, not the one from Sqd.751 (operating the Merlin) but the one from Sqd.552 (Alouette III)

Nice angle for landing no.2

Thouch down.

Moving away after landing no.2 with the crew member waving to someone down there.

The good old "neighbour" is quite interest in the maneuvers and so is the dog…hehe!

Landing no.3. Interesting to see all those columns under the helipad.

An overview of the helipad area (wich is on top of a parking and some offices or labs, from the hospital).

Moving out after landing no.3

Moving to make another circuit with a crew member in a previleged position to see the sights…(I'd rather see the sights from the inside…)

Going in for the 4th and final landing.

An overview of the hospital and helipad area.

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Rui Alves - Madeira Spotters 11 years, 9 months ago

History need MSPOT! Each time is needed we are there! Well done Rui ;) #17 with a bigger Zoom will be able to obly some to say WOW :)

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Jorge Abreu 11 years, 9 months ago

Is the first time i see pictures of the Merlin there. Very Good. I guess the windows in the hospital have a even better view.

11 years, 9 months ago Edited
Andrea 11 years, 9 months ago

Very nice...

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