US Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter
Pictured are two US Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Multi-Mission Helicopters at Kandahar Airfield in 2010.
The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft.
The primary mission of the Blackhawk helicopter is as a troop carrier and logistical support aircraft, but in addition the helicopter can be configured to carry out medical evacuation, command-and-control, search-and-rescue, armed escort, electronic warfare and executive transport missions.
Kandahar Airfield, Kandahar Provence in Afghanistan was used by the RAF for combat operations from 2001 to 2014.
Part of Kandahar Airfield was known as RAF Kandahar, It operated RAF, Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps aircraft and was one end of the "Air Bridge" that started inRAF Brize Norton in the UK.
All otherISAFairborne forces were also based there.
Kandahar International Airport as it was called originally is located some 10 miles South-East of the city of Kandahar in Afghanistan.
It is the country's second international airport and one of its biggest military bases, it has the space for over two hundred military aircraft.
Lake Ballard, an ephemeral salt lake of about 40 sq km, site of 'Inside Australia', 51 steel sculptures of enigmatic figures on the lakebed. Near Menzies, Goldfields-Esperance region, Western Australia
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Tea party at Highgrove House for children from hospice
The Duchess of Cornwall throws a snowball after attending a tea party for children from Ty Hafan hospice in Wales, at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire. The Duchess is holding a Christmas card made by 7-year-old Rhys Boggis from the hospice.
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