RNAS Helicopter Making Farewell Visit To Scilly
The crew from RNAS Culdrose will be making a farewell visit to the islands this week.
The Sea King search and rescue helicopter, which has made countless missions to transfer sick and injured patients from Scilly to the mainland, will be landing on St Mary’s at around midday tomorrow (Tuesday).
They’ll then be visiting St Agnes in the afternoon and St Martin’s and Tresco on Wednesday, where school children will have a chance to see the aircraft.
On Thursday, the helicopter will land on the Five Islands School playing field at Carn Gwaval, which is a chance for children and members of the public to view the aircraft and talk to the crew.
And it’s likely to be followed by a farewell flypast around the islands later that afternoon.
During their time here, the crew are also hoping to take part in a RNLI and Coastguard training exercise.
The government announced that they intended to privatise search and rescue operations in 2012 and awarded the national contract to helicopter operator Bristow.
Operations in our region will move from RNAS Culdrose to a new purpose built station at Newquay Airport at the start of next year.
The older Sea King aircraft will be replaced with newer Sikorsky S-92 helicopters.
Tim Guthrie from the islands’ Rotary Club, who is helping organise the visit, says he hopes islanders will turn out in force and give the crew “a pat on the back” for their service over the years.
Tim says he would welcome any sponsorship from local businesses to cover the costs of meals while the crewmembers are on the islands.
Timings could change depending on weather conditions and if the helicopter gets called away on a shout.