East Coast says farewell to the Sea King, Canada’s Cold War workhorse

Canada’s fleet of geriatric Sea King military helicopters has finally reached its long overdue retirement on the East Coast, and the Royal Canadian Air Force is making sure the venerable, snub-nosed workhorse gets a proper send-off after 54 years of service.

The Sikorsky CH-124 Sea Kings have been a familiar sight in Halifax for half a century, but many people stopped to watch Friday as three flew in close formation above the city’s harbour to mark the final days before the aircraft officially ceases Atlantic operations next week.

“We are now downing tools on Sea King operations on the East Coast so we can put our full efforts into transitioning aircrew and technicians to the new Cyclone,” said Col. Sid Connor, wing commander at 12 Wing Shearwater. “It’s bittersweet for the technicians and aircrew here at 12 Wing.”

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