Updated Google Earth satellite imagery in the screen shot below shows the Anuradapura Sri Lanka Air Force base greater detail. A variety of different aircraft and helicopters are visible on the apron around the hangers. I’ve tried to identify them as best I can on the image’s Flickr page. Those of you with more expert knowledge please do feel free to chip in. If you fly over in Wikimapia’s satellite view of Anuradapura air base you’ll see two more helicopters across the runway.
Google’s satellite imagery of Sri Lanka has increased in resolution in a few areas – particularly along the southern coast. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the northern and eastern areas of the country. The images all date back to 2006. I think this image was taken some time in 2006 – before the LTTE terrorist attack on 22nd October 2007.
The current state the LTTE terrorist cult is in underscores the futility of such attacks and the terrorists’ much hyped “inovativeness”. The Sri Lanka Air Force has a history of bouncing back and carrying on despite thread bare conditions – particularly during the grim days of the 1980s and 1990s. This vaguely Air Force related post related on the unofficial airforce day (which marks the 49th anniversary of the SLAF’S first jet aircraft ejection) is in honour of that tradition.