Sea King Makes Final Appearance At Yeovilton Air Day

Royal Navy workhorse is being retired after more than 40 years of service.

A Sea King Mk7 helicopter with its distinctive low-hanging radar dome has made its swansong at the Royal Navy's only air show.

The aircraft was rushed from duty in the Persian Gulf to make its appearance at the RNAS Yeovilton Air Day.

The Sea King has been in Royal Navy service for more than 40 years.

Lieutenant Commander Serena Davidson of 849 Naval Air Squadron said it was very important that it made its final appearance at the event:

"Our engineers have been working around the clock to get it ready.

"It was just really great to do the display but it is tinged with sadness because it is the last time that the Sea King will fly at an air show." 

Among the highlights of the show was a rare appearance by two adversaries from the Korean War.

The 1950s conflict saw the British propeller-driven Hawker Sea Fury in combat against Chinese MiG-15 jets.

Korean War era MiG-15 at RNAS Yeovilton air show
The MiG-15 was one of the first successful fighter jets of the Cold War era.

The 2018 RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day attracted aircraft from across the world, including one of the biggest, a US Air Force Boeing C-17 Globemaster.

The aircraft is used to transport military and humanitarian supplies, and is also among the fleet that travels with the US President. 

The Red Arrows put on a display over RNAS Yeovilton as part of a series of flypasts during a day which saw the team fly across Britain from Blackpool to RAF Brize Norton.

More than 30,000 visitors turned out to see the displays and a large proportion took time out to watch the big screen that was provided for football fans to enjoy England win their World Cup quarter-final against Sweden.