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669 squadron Lynx Mk9 helicopters line up to taxi out of Dishforth for the last time

Pilots and crew from 9 Regiment Army Air Corps and 669 squadron bid an emotional farewell to Dishforth airfield on the 12th may 2016 after 25 years of army aviation from the base, with the departure of 669 squadron it also brought with it the end of a era for army aviation in Yorkshire and the north of England.  Commanding Officer of 9 AAC, Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Cook OBE said “This is a sad day but also a day to celebrate it truly is the end of an era. It’s a poignant moment the end of flying at Dishforth and the end of the regiment but we are proud and want to celebrate our history.”

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Commanding Officer of 9 AAC, Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Cook OBE Briefs the final flight

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Commanding Officer of 9 AAC, Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Cook OBE walks out to pilot his final Lynx flight

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Commanding Officer of 9 AAC, Lieutenant Colonel Jeremy Cook OBEclimbs aboard a Lynx for his final flight

The 4 remaining Lynx Mk9 helicopters conducted two formation sorties around North Yorkshire taking in a number of well known landmarks and historic areas of the county these included the Kilburn White Horse famous for a huge chalk horse cut into the hillside, the Yorkshire dales and the city of Ripon taking in its cathedral as they passed the flight also said farewell to the bases neighbouring village of Boroughbridge where last year the regiment where given a freedom parade, a number of military bases in the region where also said goodbye to including RAF Topcliffe, RAF Leeming, RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Catterick Garrison and the Army Foundation College in Harrogate.

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669 squadron Lynx Mk9 helicopters taxi’s out of Dishforth for the last time

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669 squadron Lynx Mk9 helicopters hovers at Dishforth for the last time

Once the flight had returned from the two earlier sorties the aircraft where refuelled for the final time at dishforth before departing south to there new home of Middle Wallop in Hampshire, but before reaching Wallop they would first take in a number of other locations on route these included RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, IWM Duxford where the they conducted a fly through before heading for Army Air Corps Wattisham where they refuelled before continuing there journey south heading over London and Farnborough Airport and then across to ex RAF Lyneham before heading towards MoD Boscombe Down and finally landing at Middle Wallop in the evening.

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The last 4 Lynx of 669 squadron 9 Regiment Army Corps depart Dishforth for the last time

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The last 4 Lynx of 669 squadron 9 Regiment Army Corps depart Dishforth for the last time

Dishforth is a former Royal Air Force base opened in 1936 the airfield remained in use with the RAF until 1943 when the Royal Canadian Air Force took control during the second world war before returning it back to the RAF in 1945 where it remained a relief landing site for RAF Leeming until the site was handed over to the British Army in 1992 and became Dishforth Airfield and the Army Air Corps 9 Regiment moved in. The camp and airfield will remain in use and be handed over to a ground unit from 6 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps later this summer, with the last remaining Army Air Corps personnel posted to various locations around the UK.

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669 squadron Lynx Mk9 helicopters hovers at Dishforth for the last time

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669 squadron Lynx Mk9 helicopters taxi’s out of Dishforth for the last time

Article by Kurt Fairhurst and assisted by Paul Atkin

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