In pictures: Lynx helicopters begin farewell tour

The Army Air Corps has flown four of the last remaining Lynx helicopters from RAF Odiham in Hampshire on a commemorative tour as the aircraft bows out after nearly 40 years of service.

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Dawn breaks at RAF Odiham in Hampshire (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Air Trooper Toby Tibbitts from 657 Squadron begins pre-flight checks (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Maintenance crew make final preparations for the farewell flight (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Final checks are made on one of the Army Air Corps' last remaining Lynx Mk9 helicopters
The Lynx entered service in 1978 (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Commemorative art on one of the Mk9s (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Major James Peycke, commanding officer of Army Air Corps 657 Squadron (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Air Trooper Toby Tibbitts said it is a "sad day" but a proud one (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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Four of the last remaining Lynx Mk9s take off from RAF Odiham (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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The aircraft has a distinguished career spanning nearly 40 years (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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The commemorative tour marks the helicopter's decommissioning (Andrew Matthews/PA)
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