VIDEO: Formation farewell for Apache AH1

The career of the Army Air Corps Apache AH1 came to an end at Wattisham Airfield, Suffolk on March 25.

After touching down at 18:32 at the home of the Apache front-line units, the engines of four Apaches (two AH1s, ZJ213 and ZJ221 and two new AH2s, ZM702 and ZM714) were shut down to the sounds of excited family members.

For the crew of the AH1 models, it was a culmination of a long journey back from northern Norway. Exercise Clockwork is the Commando Helicopter Forces annual cold weather training, stationed at Bardufoss Air Station in the Arctic Circle. This artic tundra was to be the AH1s swansong for its last four weeks in service.

Originally, four AH1s were to depart Gilze-Rijen Air Base in the Netherlands on Thursday March 21, but due to unserviceability, one airframe was still at Bardufoss and another in Sweden so the return and flypast was pushed back to March 25. The two remaining AH1s were delayed further due to inclement weather in the Netherlands, but eventually ‘Yeti 1’ and ‘Yeti 2’ departed for home.

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