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'End of an era': North Devon waves emotional goodbye to the RAF

The RAF has operated the Search and Rescue helicopter in North Devon for 60 years. Credit: ITV West Country

There have been emotional scenes in North Devon today, as hundreds of people waved goodbye to the RAF.

A Flight 22 Squadron was due to have ended its 60-year operation at Chivenor today, but will now continue for another week, as the private company taking over the Search and Rescue service has faced a delay.

Today, however, was the last time the public could guarantee seeing the helicopter.

People told us they were determined to show their support for the team which had been "supporting us for all these years".

Hundreds turned out to wave goodbye to the RAF helicopter. Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country
The RAF has operated the Search and Rescue helicopter in North Devon for 60 years. Credit: ITV West Country

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