Text & Pictures: Lambert J. Derenette (PhotoGraphicArt)  © sbap 2013

“All good things come to an end”… Last Thursday; August 29, 14:21 Hr Local Time, the Sea King RS03 flew its last flight before retiring after 37 years of service within the 40 SAR SQN.
The airframe will be used for
spare parts to keep the remaining Sea King operational.

 

Some figures of RS03:

First flight was on April 9th, 1976.

11.851:47 Flight Hours.

618 Scrambles…

 

Last Flight Crew:
- Pilot: Cdt Vl Patrice Vanfleteren
- Co-Pilot: Cpn Vl Steven Leeuws
- Flight Engineer: Adjt Vl Tommy Lannoye
- SARSO 1: Cpn Vl Danhieux Philip
- SARSO2: Adjt Vl Philippe Dobbelaere
- Medic: Adjt Vl Peter Boyen
- Diver: Adjt Vl Dominique Devos


Good Bye RS03 and thanks for all you did for Belgian Air Force and the people you saved!

 

By the way, on September 2nd, the Seaking did his 3.000 scramble mission. This was an urgent organ transport mission to UZ Gent.

Preparing for the last flight... (Lambert J. Derenette) ...and take off (Lambert J. Derenette)
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Back at homebase for the last time (Lambert J. Derenette) (Lambert J. Derenette)
Nonored by the firebrigade for his carreer (Lambert J. Derenette) (Lambert J. Derenette)
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(Lambert J. Derenette) Souvenir, Souvenir... (Lambert J. Derenette)
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Towed in the hangar... (Lambert J. Derenette) ...Bye, Bye RS03 (Lambert J. Derenette)

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