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PHOTOS: Stunning aerial photos of helicopters' final flypast

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:09pm 20th September 2018. (Updated at 4:13pm 20th September 2018)

Stunning aerial photos have been released of the Sea Kings' final farewell flypast 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', have retired after almost 50 years' service.

After the final flypast on Wednesday, brilliant photos of the occasion have been released:

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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".

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All eyes to skies as the Sea King MK7s pass crowds.
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The Sea King MK7s pass St Michael's Mount on their final farewell flypast.
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A beautiful day for the pilots of the Sea King MK7s to enjoy the Cornish Coast.
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The choppers, known as 'Old Girl', will retired after almost 50 years' service.
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Across the county people gathered to bid the helicopters goodbye.
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The aircraft flew from Helston to Saltash as well as over neighbouring counties.
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The Sea King Mk7s search for aerial threats to the fleet or suspicious movements on the ground in support of land forces.

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