An RAF Puma helicopter is at Stornoway airport this morning (Friday 17 April) carrying out a familiarisation visit as part of her crew training.
The Puma is one of three that have been stationed at RAF Kinloss as part of the Covid support force working with NHS Scotland.
The helicopter landed at 10am this morning and is being opened for Coastguard teams to familiarise themselves with the interior. Later it will overfly the Western Isles checking out possible landing sites at key locations.
The Puma is the longest-serving helicopter type in operation with the RAF today. Normally stationed at RAF Benson, the three Kinloss-based craft have been kitted out with epipods suitable for transport of people with Covid-19 en route to mainland hospitals.
Pictures show the RAF Puma outside Garden Hangar at Stornoway Airport this afternoon with emergency crews on familiarisation (John Ramsay) and the interior of the helicopter (RAF)