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Yeovil sailors mark 70 years since end of WW2

The Mayor of Yeovil inspects the sailors on parade. Credit: ITV News

Sailors from Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton have commemorated 70 years since the end of the Second World War, with a parade through the town this morning.

The Mayor of Yeovil inspected them as they exercised their freedom of the town, which also marks 75 years since the Naval Air Station was commissioned.

Yeovilton honour for world-beating aviator aged 95

Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown with sculptor Jenna Gearing (left) and TV presenter Kirsty Young Credit: ITV News West Country

A bronze bust has been unveiled at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton in Somerset in honour of 95 year-old Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown, one of the world's greatest naval aviators.

Cpt Brown holds the record for flying the greatest number of different types of aircraft - 487. It's a record that's unlikely ever to be beaten, as today's test pilots average fewer than 100 flights.

His full title is Captain Eric Melrose Brown CBE, DSC, AFC,KCVSA, PhD Hon FRAeS, RN. He is one of the only pilots who - on top of all his campaign medals - has the Distinguished Service Cross as well as the Air Force Cross.

Crimewatch presenter Kirsty Young unveiled the bust. She met Cpt Brown when he was her guest for the 3,000th edition of Desert Island Discs in November 2014.

The bust is the second bronze bust to be housed in the Fleet Air Arm Museum, the first one of WWI veteran, the lateHenry Allingham RN.

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Helicopters' last parade at RNAS Yeovilton

Lynx helicopter taking to the skies above the West Country Credit: PA

Today is the last day Lynx and Sea King helicopters will take part in a parade at RNAS Yeovilton.

The Wings parade is a tradition for newly qualified pilots, but soon the helicopters be replaced by Wildcat and Merlin models. The Lynx has been in operation since 1978.

Yeovilton helicopters' last parade

Lynx helicopter taking to the skies above the West Country Credit: PA

Today is the last day Lynx and Sea King helicopters will take part in a parade at RNAS Yeovilton.

The Wings parade is a tradition for newly qualified pilots, but soon the helicopters be replaced by Wildcat and Merlin models. The Lynx has been in operation since 1978.

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