Cadets Salute to the Lynx Helicopter

  • Author: Nichola Winstanley
  • Date: Tuesday 28th March 2017
Cadets Salute to the Lynx Helicopter Cadets Salute to the Lynx Helicopter

Officer Cadets from Britannia Royal naval college stood proudly on the parade ground, forming the word LYNX, as the helicopter with the same name made its farewell flypast. Four Lynx Mark 8's flew across Southern England in mid March marking the air-frame's final withdrawl from service on 31 March. Staff and cadets at the College were among thousands of people who turned out to wave goodbye to the helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron, based at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton.

The helicopter has been mainstay of the Royal Navy destroyer and frigate operations around the globe is retiring after 41 year's service. In different models and variants (and paint schemes) a combined total of 490,000 miles have been flown.

A formal decommissioning ceremony for the Lynx took place on 23 March and 815 Squadron converted to the Wildcat Helicopte. The Wildcat takes the very best features of the old Lynx and gives it extra punch. The engines are more powerful, there is a state-of-the -art cockpit, hi-tech commuications and cutting edge targeting systems, similar to the Apache gunship.

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