Lightning Dawn II
Deploying to Carlisle from Dishforth, Apache helicopters of the 9th Regt AAC
a number of Lynx plus all their ground crew, arrived to set up
their forward operating position in preparation for the exercise
Lightning Dawn II. The exercise would see the Apache being used as a
spearhead for a variety of attacking scenario's around the border
region and utilizing the electronics warfare range at Spadeadam.
One such attack saw helicopters deploy from Carlisle to Milfield home of the Borders Gliding Club in Northhumberland. Use
this as a forward attack rendezvous point from were the Apaches set
out and attacked the airfield at Charter Hall. There were daily
movements at Carlisle culminating with the exercise ending slightly
earlier than expected and a rapid evacuation of the site at
Carlisle. When in around one hour all ten Apaches and their ground
support were packed and gone.