raf sea king helicopter the newspaper report suggests thousands of raf and royal navy engineers may be affected but pilots who have included members of the royal family including prince.
From providing vital help at disasters to carrying santa claus the sea king search and rescue helicopters at raf boulmer have been a much loved part of the north east for 40 years.
Serco to maintain raf sea kings 24apr13 serco has been awarded a contract extension by agustawestland ltd to assist them in maintaining the fleet of sea king aircraft for the ministry of defence under their integrated operational support contract.
sea king helicopters will stop flying from a suffolk airfield in the summer as part of major changes to the uks search and rescue operation.
A new base has been built at caernarfon airport at dinas dinlle from where search and rescue operations will be conducted once the handover from the raf is complete.
Finally in the mid1990s the squadron received six newly built westland sea king har3a to supplement the sea king har3 aircraft which replaced the wessex aircraft the squadron hq was colocated with the sar force hq at raf valley on anglesey wales.
The sea king entered into service in 1969 and over the years has been flown by prince andrew in the falklands and in a search and rescue capacity by prince william.
A sea king from rnas culdrose image royal navy the mail on sunday reports that in 2003 there was a pledge to make the fleet of aircraft free of asbestos within two years but the work was.
The westland sea king har3 search and rescue helicopter entered raf service in 1978 the aircraft is fitted with advanced all weather search and navigation equipment as well as autopilot and onboard computer to assist positioning and hovering at night or in bad weather.