The last flight of The British Army's Army Air Corps Lynx Helicopter.

January 16, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Didn't realise that this was such a big thing.

I was along for the ride in the back of a Chinook to cover the last part of the day as the Lynx flew over London. I also did a little rough video before they took off. It was a cold long day but a good one! 

So many people turned up to see them all over the country.

I guess people had a genuine connection to these aircraft. From being flown around in them to keeping them in the sky.

I also managed to drop a Psy-Trance tune into this video...

Here are the photos I took.

ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-004ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-004Pictured: Army Lynx Helicopter waits on the airfield at RAF ODIHAM before its final flight

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones Crown Copyright 2018

The Army is to pay special tribute as one of its most ubiquitous aviation assets bows out of service.

The Lynx helicopter has had a long and distinguished career with the British Army stretching back nearly 40 years. Described as a primary battlefield utility helicopter, the venerable Lynx entered service back in 1978 and since then has been used to: destroy tanks, evacuate the wounded, gather intelligence, provide humanitarian support, rescue those in peril, wow the crowds at airshows and much more besides. It’s seen service across the globe from the freezing plains of Northern Canada to the dust bowls of the Middle East and has supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Today, To mark the Lynx’s decommissioning from British Army service, the Army Air Corps flew five of the last remaining airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where they are based, on a commemorative tour around England taking in some of the sites and locations to which the aircraft is most fondlt associated: Middle Wallop, Upavon, Yeovil, Wattisham to name a few. The flight culminated in an impressive V5 ‘air procession’ along the length of the River Thames over Central London.

ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-041ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-041Pictured: Lynx aircraft travels along the Thames for it's last ever flight.


The Army is to pay special tribute as one of its most ubiquitous aviation assets bows out of service.

The Lynx helicopter has had a long and distinguished career with the British Army stretching back nearly 40 years. Described as a primary battlefield utility helicopter, the venerable Lynx entered service back in 1978 and since then has been used to: destroy tanks, evacuate the wounded, gather intelligence, provide humanitarian support, rescue those in peril, wow the crowds at airshows and much more besides. It’s seen service across the globe from the freezing plains of Northern Canada to the dust bowls of the Middle East and has supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Today, To mark the Lynx’s decommissioning from British Army service, the Army Air Corps flew five of the last remaining airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where they are based, on a commemorative tour around England taking in some of the sites and locations to which the aircraft is most fondlt associated: Middle Wallop, Upavon, Yeovil, Wattisham to name a few.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones Crown Copyright 2018
ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-037ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-037Pictured: Four Lynx aircraft travel along the Thames for their last ever flight.


The Army is to pay special tribute as one of its most ubiquitous aviation assets bows out of service.

The Lynx helicopter has had a long and distinguished career with the British Army stretching back nearly 40 years. Described as a primary battlefield utility helicopter, the venerable Lynx entered service back in 1978 and since then has been used to: destroy tanks, evacuate the wounded, gather intelligence, provide humanitarian support, rescue those in peril, wow the crowds at airshows and much more besides. It’s seen service across the globe from the freezing plains of Northern Canada to the dust bowls of the Middle East and has supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Today, To mark the Lynx’s decommissioning from British Army service, the Army Air Corps flew five of the last remaining airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where they are based, on a commemorative tour around England taking in some of the sites and locations to which the aircraft is most fondlt associated: Middle Wallop, Upavon, Yeovil, Wattisham to name a few.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones Crown Copyright 2018
ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-019ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-019Pictured: Ground crew check the rotors of the aircraft prior to take off.


The Army is to pay special tribute as one of its most ubiquitous aviation assets bows out of service.

The Lynx helicopter has had a long and distinguished career with the British Army stretching back nearly 40 years. Described as a primary battlefield utility helicopter, the venerable Lynx entered service back in 1978 and since then has been used to: destroy tanks, evacuate the wounded, gather intelligence, provide humanitarian support, rescue those in peril, wow the crowds at airshows and much more besides. It’s seen service across the globe from the freezing plains of Northern Canada to the dust bowls of the Middle East and has supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Today, To mark the Lynx’s decommissioning from British Army service, the Army Air Corps flew five of the last remaining airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where they are based, on a commemorative tour around England taking in some of the sites and locations to which the aircraft is most fondly associated: Middle Wallop, Upavon, Yeovil, Wattisham to name a few. The flight culminated in an impressive V5 ‘air procession’ along the length of the River Thames over Central London.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones Crown Copyright 2018
ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-021ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-021Pictured: Four Lynx aircraft take off from RAF ODIHAM to commence their last flight.


The Army is to pay special tribute as one of its most ubiquitous aviation assets bows out of service.

The Lynx helicopter has had a long and distinguished career with the British Army stretching back nearly 40 years. Described as a primary battlefield utility helicopter, the venerable Lynx entered service back in 1978 and since then has been used to: destroy tanks, evacuate the wounded, gather intelligence, provide humanitarian support, rescue those in peril, wow the crowds at airshows and much more besides. It’s seen service across the globe from the freezing plains of Northern Canada to the dust bowls of the Middle East and has supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Today, To mark the Lynx’s decommissioning from British Army service, the Army Air Corps flew five of the last remaining airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where they are based, on a commemorative tour around England taking in some of the sites and locations to which the aircraft is most fondlt associated: Middle Wallop, Upavon, Yeovil, Wattisham to name a few. The flight culminated in an impressive V5 ‘air procession’ along the length of the River Thames over Central London.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones Crown Copyright 2018
ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-049ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-049Pictured: Lynx aircraft travels along the Thames for it's last ever flight.


The Army is to pay special tribute as one of its most ubiquitous aviation assets bows out of service.

The Lynx helicopter has had a long and distinguished career with the British Army stretching back nearly 40 years. Described as a primary battlefield utility helicopter, the venerable Lynx entered service back in 1978 and since then has been used to: destroy tanks, evacuate the wounded, gather intelligence, provide humanitarian support, rescue those in peril, wow the crowds at airshows and much more besides. It’s seen service across the globe from the freezing plains of Northern Canada to the dust bowls of the Middle East and has supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Today, To mark the Lynx’s decommissioning from British Army service, the Army Air Corps flew five of the last remaining airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where they are based, on a commemorative tour around England taking in some of the sites and locations to which the aircraft is most fondlt associated: Middle Wallop, Upavon, Yeovil, Wattisham to name a few.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones Crown Copyright 2018
ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-027ARMYHQ-2018-003-Last flight of the Lynx-027Pictured: Personel from Army Air Corps look on as The Lynx aircraft take off.


The Army is to pay special tribute as one of its most ubiquitous aviation assets bows out of service.

The Lynx helicopter has had a long and distinguished career with the British Army stretching back nearly 40 years. Described as a primary battlefield utility helicopter, the venerable Lynx entered service back in 1978 and since then has been used to: destroy tanks, evacuate the wounded, gather intelligence, provide humanitarian support, rescue those in peril, wow the crowds at airshows and much more besides. It’s seen service across the globe from the freezing plains of Northern Canada to the dust bowls of the Middle East and has supported British troops on active service in Bosnia, Kuwait and Afghanistan.

Today, To mark the Lynx’s decommissioning from British Army service, the Army Air Corps flew five of the last remaining airframes from RAF Odiham in Hampshire, where they are based, on a commemorative tour around England taking in some of the sites and locations to which the aircraft is most fondlt associated: Middle Wallop, Upavon, Yeovil, Wattisham to name a few. The flight culminated in an impressive V5 ‘air procession’ along the length of the River Thames over Central London.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones Crown Copyright 2018

Me just before takeoff. 

 


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