sábado, 10 de setembro de 2011

Medevac's

As I already mentioned some times, the smaller neighbour island of Porto Santo of less than 5000 inhabitants, doesn't have an Hospital but a Health Center with ER that is enough for most of the small things that happen daily but if something more serious comes up, Medical Evacuations have to be made to Madeira.

With the summer, when island populations rises in great amount, the need for Medevacs also rise...

Yesterday, in 16 hours, 4 Medevacs had to be made to Madeira. This isn't usuall, I guess it was one of those days....

3 of the Medevacs were made by the Portuguese Air Force EH-101 (16912) detached at AM3 (military instalations on Porto Santo Airport) and another (during the night) by the C-295 also based there..

I didn't manage to get the EH on any of the 2 daylight Evacuations but, after dinner, Paulo called me saying the EH had once more just taken off to Madeira with another Medevac...
Taking some night shots on the Merlin is definitely on my spotting whishlist, so, grabbed my gear and took off (great way to pass the dish washing...lol)

Had to speed like hell to get to the airport in time.
When I got there, it had already landed and unfortunatelly, the stand it was using was way too far from the terminal balcony...

Anyway, was there so, might as well take a shot...



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