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The Combat Shadow's Last Flight
Jan 22nd, 2014 at 4:03pm
 
The MC-130 Combat Shadow is due to retire after 49 years of distinguished service. To mark the retirement of this faithful old war horse, the last aircraft will be flown around her former UK bases in order: Sculthorpe, Prestwick, Woodbridge, Alconbury and Mildenhall.

The final flight will also take in two locations which have played a significant part in the history of the Squadron:

Hunstanton – to honour the Squadron’s heroic rescue during the East Coast Floods of 1953 and to salute a founder member of the Squadron; Airman Second Class Reis L Leming who was awarded the George Medal after single-handedly rescuing 27 people from the flood waters despite being unable to swim.

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum – to salute the very close working relationship which the Museum has maintained with the Squadron since 1980. The Aviation Museum houses a special display dedicated to the extensive history of the Squadron.

No trip around the UK would be complete without a visit to the “Mach Loop”! This will allow photographers a final opportunity to catch a Combat Shadow at low level.

Friday 24 January 2014

Takeoff
Sculthorpe
Hunstanton - 1015
Prestwick - 1230
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum - 1245
Mach Loop - 1315-1345
Woodbridge
Alconbury
Mildenhall

Please note – the flight could be cancelled or the timings amended at very short notice due to aircraft serviceability, weather or SAR callout. Get your cameras ready and let’s see this old girl off in style!
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