A guardian angel unfolded its wings for the last time !

 

 

Text & pictures : Marc Arys & Serge Van Heertum - S.B.A.P.

 

 

Known as the guardian angels of the Belgian coast, the Seaking of the 40 Squadron reached more than 30 years of good and faithful services. Soon to be replaced by the NH-90, the venerable Seakings did lot of flighthours into their retirement, all deserved well, after more than 2400 scrambles.

Delivered on December 19, 1975, RS01 was put into 'retirement' this December 17, 2008 after 33 years of dedicated service.

After this last flight from Koksijde to Brussels, RS01 will now find its place near his brothers in arms of all times within the 'air-section' of the Royal Army Museum at Brussels located within the prestigious framework of the park of the 'Cinquantenaire' (half a century - fiftieth anniversary park).

Seaking RS01 added up 10585 flighthours with 523 real interventions, during it's discrete, but not less brilliant career.

Much owe him their life !

 

Many thanks to the COMOPSAIR - IPR team for granting us access to this event.

 

See also BAHA special feature with in flight pictures

 

 

 

Seaking in the drizzle

A few seconds before last landing

     

Landed

 

The people gathering to congratulate the crew

     
 
Special markings for this last flight with the name of the last crew   Posing in front of it's last home
     
 
Minister of Defence Pieter De Crem and the last crew, from left to right
Lt. Col. Avi. Rudy 'Baseco' Theys, Cdt. Avi. Karel 'Fozzy' Kinable
and Ajm. Lu. Vp. Rudy Debergh
   
 
The early years
     
 

On static dislay in 1976

 

Winching during an airshow in 1979

     
 
Along the Belgian coast   In formation in the vicinity of its home base

 

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