WESTLAND LYNX HMA8 BLACK CATS 702 NAS Yeovilton 2011
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Developed as an anti-submarine and search and rescue helicopter the Westland Lynx has served with the Royal Navy since 1981. This, the HMA8 version has been operational since the 1990s and featured an improved weapons and radar capability over the earlier HAS.3 variant.
One of the strengths of the Lynx is its impressive manoeuvrability. Able to do rolls and loops that other helicopters cannot, and combined with high speed, the Lynx is a perfect air show display machine, as proven by the Royal Navy's aerobatic team, the Black Cats. Formed in 2001 and originally called the Lynx Pair, the team has given outstanding displays for over a decade. Crews are drawn from 702 NAS based at Yeovilton and their aircraft are painted in this striking cat based livery.
Royal Navy - XZ722 BLACK CATS Display Team, 702 NAS, Yeovilton 2011.