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.
Formation flight to mark the last CH-124 Sea King flightA formation flypast of Royal Canadian Air Force CH-124 #SeaKing helicopters will take place along the Victoria coastline and up to Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, and Qualicum on December 17, 2018.The aircraft will be from 12 Wing’s 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron, Patricia Bay, B.C., and will mark the last official flight of the Sea King helicopter after 55 years of service as the RCAF transitions to the CH-148 Cyclone, the RCAF’s new maritime helicopter.#RCAF aircraft flypasts are carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety.Maritime Forces Pacific / Forces maritimes du Pacifique Times Colonist CFB Esquimalt CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum CTV Vancouver Island News Victoria Police CBC Victoria#RCAFHistory #12Wing
Posted by Royal Canadian Air Force on Monday, December 17, 2018