Stomach-churning footage has emerged showing a helicopter pilot’s incredible bravery as he manages to land a chopper on a moving ship battling gale-force winds and huge waves.
From Daily Mail
Shot during the Ship Helicopter Operating Limits trials for the Danish Navy and Air Force with their new MH-60R helicopter on HDMS Vædderen in October this year.
Skilled pilot Craig Matthews pulls up alongside the moving ship before lining up behind it and sticking the amazing landing off the coast of the Faroe Islands.
As the wind and waves throw the vessel around Mr Matthews, who is an experimental test pilot and director of Prism Defence, has to judge the angles to perfection.
Having waited for the perfect moment, the chopper eases onto the landing platform in the awful weather conditions.
The exhibition was commissioned by Prism Defence, which was formed in 2004, and consists of a team of highly-skilled test pilots, flight test engineers, and other ship and aviation engineering specialists.
A statement on its website said: ‘Our niche is rotary wing flight test, particularly ship aircraft interface testing, with Prism members having been responsible for more than a dozen such trials for the navies of Australia, New Zealand, Denmark and Sweden.’
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