The Merlin EH(AW) 101: From Design to Frontline

By Rich Pittman / Amberley Publishing

It is with great pleasure that we announce UKAR forum member Rich Pittman has joined the ranks of published aviation authors - his first book chronicles the EH(AW)-101 Merlin over its thirty year lifespan from initial design and testing, right through to its service with numerous military arm arms around the world and is available to buy now from Amberley Publishing. Not only that, but we have two copies to give away, so read on for details on how you can enter our prize draw.

Designed by the European Helicopter Industries (EHI) partnership during the 1980s, initially as a naval helicopter to help combat the threat of an attack from Soviet missile submarines, the Merlin has evolved into a multi-role helicopter today.

The AW101 combines the most advanced technologies, safety by design, mission systems and leading-edge manufacturing to provide a proven platform for long-range Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in certain countries. With a typical range of 750 nm (over 1,300 km) in standard configuration, the AW101 is the most capable SAR helicopter in the world today.

Other roles include transportation for Heads of State and VVIP operators; Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR); Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO); Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW); Airborne Surveillance and Control (ASaC); Airborne Mine Countermeasures (AMCM); troop transport; utility support, CASEVAC/MEDEVAC; and Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR).

'The Merlin EH(AW) 101: From Design to Frontline' Book Competition 'The Merlin EH(AW) 101: From Design to Frontline' Book Competition 'The Merlin EH(AW) 101: From Design to Frontline' Book Competition

Lavishly illustrated throughout, Rich Pittman offers a fascinating portrait of an enduring and popular aircraft and traces its journey from design to the front line.

The book is available to buy now from the Amberley Publishing website, but for your chance to win one of the two copies we have to give away, simply fill out the following form and correctly answer the question below before midnight on Sunday 5th November 2017...

How many pieces of confetti were dropped on the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games by an AW101?

A) 7 Billion

B) 8 Billion

C) 9 Billion



We have two copies of 'The Merlin EH(AW) 101: From Design to Frontline' to give away. Entrants must supply a valid e-mail address as the winners will be notified by e-mail. One entry per person - multiple entries will be discarded. The prize will be supplied direct to the winners by the author/Amberley Publishing. The winning entries will be drawn at random from all the correct entries received by the closing date (23:59 hrs on Sunday 5th November). The prize is not exchangeable and no cash alternative is offered. The judges' decision is final and no correspondance will be entered into.