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Sikh fighter pilots over Europe and Merlins in Afghanistan

Posted in Articles by Pippa on December 28, 2009

The Times, 14 November, 2009

The British premiere of a documentary about British-trained Sikh fighter pilots of the First and Second World Wars is to be screened at the RAF Museum at Hendon, northwest London, on November 22. A seminar about the deployment of the Merlin helicopter in Afghanistan will be held at the same venue on March 10.

Diverse as they are, these two events illustrate what a small world of unexpected inter-relationships exists within the RAF. Both the first Sikh pilot, Flight Lieutenant Hardit Singh Malik, and the speaker at the seminar, Merlin pilot Squadron Leader Simon Reade from RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, are products of No 28 Squadron RAF. Reade is the squadron’s second-in-command.

Read full article: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/court_and_social/article6916305.ece

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