Many will know by now that the RAF Sea Kings at Lossiemouth will end a long and incredible SAR history with the Highlands on the 1 st of April . We will all miss them and the crews, there was going to be a wee part but it is now cancelled. This is from the Facebook Page.
“It is with the utmost regret that we have to inform you all that D Flt has been ordered to cancel the event at the Drouthy Cobbler on 2 Apr 2015. Please be aware that we are still eternally grateful for all the support we have received from you all over the decades and we wish you all the best for the future!”
To me this is a very sad day and I find it woeful that the great Yellow bird can leave without any acknowledgement! The men and women who worked and flew in them are incredible people . This is what I wrote
” A sad day – politics and the “Lions lead by Donkeys mentality”is still going on in 2015 – many will never forget the work of the Sea Kings I hope that the powers are be are happy – fat pensions and no clue – Those that matter will be thinking of all those involved with SAR and the Seakings!”
From Ian Rideout
“What the heck? Is this the way to treat people who have put the interests of others before their own. I too heard today that not only has any ‘informal’ party been stopped but there is to be no final flypast or tribute to the incredible men & women of D Flt 202 Sqn RAF Lossiemouth past & present. The bravery and the difference that this flight has made, the lives that they have saved and the often horrendous circumstances they have operated in must not go forgotten. We all owe them an immeasurable debt of gratitude. Having been involved in many searches, rescues and major incidents over the last 30 years I cannot praise these crews highly enough. Their humility, compassion and professionalism know no bounds. We cannot let them and the Sea Kings just fly off into the sunset without saying a big and heartfelt thank you !!”
“Disgraceful what a bunch of plonkers! The people who know will miss 202 more thank can express in words. I hope their is some recognition of the wonderful work done by the crews of the above, above and beyond the call of duty”
“Ditto Donald Watt and Heavy. They’re probably saving the occasion for a nice get together with young William at the big house. Cameron can then have a photo shoot alongside people with gonads.”
“Doesn’t take the brains of an arch bishop to suss this, there’s a general election on the horizon; unpopular decisions have to be swept under the carpet, no fanfare and no long goodbyes, stealth is the key. Its a 21st century world, changing times, out with the old in the new.
No room for sentiment; stand aside and keep your memories of passed deeds to yourself, after all you have served your purpose, please retire and let the raging bull of the new millennium trash the 20th century china. Wraiths and shadows should not have an opinion, at least not one that upsets the zeitgeist.
I’m off to ride my motorbike and dream of Route 66. :-)”