Did you hear the rumbling of helicopter rotors above your head this morning?
After 55 years of service, CFB Esquimalt’s CH-124 Sea King helicopters, from 12 Wing’s 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, took to the air for one last formation flight before retirement.
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The helicopters lifted off around 10:30 a.m. this morning, and flew along the Victoria coastline up to Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum.
The formation flypast marks the end of Sea King helicopter use, as the Royal Canadian Air Force transitions into CH-148 Cyclone helicopters in the new year.
“#RCAF aircraft flypasts are carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety,” said the air force in a Facebook post today.