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VIDEO: Helicopters' farewell fly-past over Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 3:25pm 19th September 2018. (Updated at 4:14pm 19th September 2018)

People have been capturing the Sea King Mk7s farewell fly-past over Cornwall.

Some of the oldest helicopters, they are famous for protecting the Navy's fleet at sea and have served in conflicts around the world.

Now the choppers, known as 'Old Girl', will retired after almost 50 years' service.

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The Sea King Mk7s have carried out a farewell fly-past over Cornwall after almost 50 years of protecting the Navy's fleet at sea

Commanding officer of 849 Squadron, Chris Hughes, said it was always going to be an emotional day:

"The Sea King has been around for 49 years so it's going to be very sad to see her go.

"But all good things must come to an end so this is an opportunity for us to say goodbye to one aircraft but say hello to another one.

"It's certainly something that's very special for us. It'll probably be quite dusty when we land-on as people shed the occasional tear but it'll be sad to see the 'Old Girl' go; we're very fond of her".

Here are some of your photos and videos of the fly-past, from Helston to Saltash!

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