Low-Flying Visitor
EHI-101 Merlin – ZK001

During recent months the area around Newark Air Museum has seen an increase in the volume of low flying aircraft and helicopters.

This increase appears to have coincided with the cessation of gliding on the airfield. It is not the normal traffic in the circuit at Waddington, which is still present; but it seems to be specifically focused on the museum and surrounding disused airfield. A regular log is now being kept on the news page of the Newark Air Museum Website to record most of these low-level over-flights.

Earlier today the museum staff, volunteers and visitors were treated to the ‘ultimate low flying’ when 78 Squadron EHI-101 Merlin – ZK001 from RAF Benson, paid a brief but spectacular mid-morning call to the museum’s Southfield Site.

It is believed that the Merlin was taking part in a day’s training exercise out of its home base in Oxfordshire, which included a visit to RAF Cranwell. After a low-level training approach from the east the Merlin touched down for a brief five minute stop over in the museum’s Southfield Site, before continuing on its way.

The crisp winter sunshine made for an excellent photo-opportunity for those people on-site to witness it impressive arrival and departure.

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All Photo Credits: Howard Heeley - Down To Earth Promotions

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