Flying Dogs (Credit: Royal Navy)
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Military Dogs Dangled Out Of Wildcat Ahead Of Military Exercise

The dogs were "remarkably well behaved" during the aerial training exercise.

Flying Dogs (Credit: Royal Navy)

The two dogs were "remarkably well behaved" given the circumstances (Picture: Royal Navy). 

Two British Army dogs have flown through the skies dangling on a winch with their handlers, having taken part in an aerial training exercise.

Sniffer dog Pearl and attack dog Indie, both members of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment, have previously been taken up for rides in the Wildcat with the Royal Marines to acclimatise them to the noise of the engine.

Pearl and Indie were taken on helicopter flights beforehand to acclimatise them to the noise.
Pearl and Indie were taken on helicopter flights beforehand to acclimatise them to the noise (Image: Royal Navy).

But never before had they made the trip dangling from a winch.

“We believe this is a first for a Wildcat,” said Flight Observer Lieutenant Alex Halliday. 

“Getting both dog and handler safely out the aircraft door and down the wire added a level of complexity on top of how we normally operate, but the dogs were remarkably well behaved given how strange an environment a noisy aircraft must be to them.”

The flight was operated by 815 Naval Air Squadron in the run-up to Exercise Saif Sareea in Oman, due to take place this year.

The exercise will see 5,500 British personnel alongside over 60,000 Omanis from the Sultan’s Armed Forces.

It's the largest combined military exercise for UK forces since 2002.