The Sun Sets On Lynx Operations In The UKNigel Howarth
The British Army Air Corps 657 Sqdn. flew its final mission with the Lynx helicopter from RAF Odiham in southern England on Jan. 16: Four Lynx AH9s flew in formation around various airfields and points of interest in the UK. With the Royal Navy having divested its Lynk HMAS8s a year ago, this marks the end of British military Lynx operations. After their retirement, 657 Sqdn. will be disbanded, 75 years after it was first formed.
The British Army's Lynx 9s will go to museums, be preserved as gate guards or be sold off for parts/scrap. The engines will be sent to RNAS Yeovilton, where the Lynx's successor, the Wildcat, is based. The Agusta-Westland (now Leonardo) Wildcat uses the same CTS800 engine, and the airframe is itself a greatly improved development of the Lynx.