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Search & Rescue Sea King HAR.3 XZ599 of HarDet pictured taking off in the snow at RAF Stanley in the Falkland Islands after refuelling. Normally painted chrome yellow the SAR Sea Kings assigned to HarDet in the Falkland Islands operational theatre were over sprayed medium sea grey and quickly became christened “Grey Whales”.


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My real name is Colin but most people know me as Oscar. I took my first photos in the early 1950s and my favorite subjects are aircraft, natural history, trucks and traction engines. I use Canon EOS cameras and a mix of Canon and Sigma lenses. My website URL is

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  • John Schneider
    John Schneider5 months ago

    Nice one, Colin!

  • Thanks once more John!

    – Colin Smedley

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