THE Coastguard helicopter has been seen circling over landlocked Herefordshire.

The red and white Sikorsky S-92 helicopter is usually used for the Coastguard's search and rescue missions.

Based at Caernarfon in North Wales, the FlightRadar24 tracking website showed it left its base and flew southeast towards Herefordshire.

Hereford Times: The Coastguard helicopter flew several circuits over Munderfield, near Bromyard. Picture: FlightRadar24The Coastguard helicopter flew several circuits over Munderfield, near Bromyard. Picture: FlightRadar24

It then did several circuits over Munderfield, a small village near Bromyard, shortly after 1pm on Thursday (July 14) before continuing its journey.

It then landed at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire.


A spokesperson for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the spare search and rescue helicopter based at Caernarfon was heading to the RAF base for the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT).

Military aircraft have been landing at RAF Fairford on Wednesday and Thursday ahead of the Royal Air International Tattoo, with the air display returning this weekend after a three-year break.

RAF Fairford is set to welcome 170,000 visitors to witness flying from the world’s best display teams.

This year's event will mark the United States Air Force's 75th Anniversary and has the theme of Training the Next Generation Air Force.

There will be a huge range of aircraft on both flying and static displays.

Special flypasts recently announced include the Red Arrows flying with the RAF's new Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft to open the RIAT flying display on Friday.


Sunday will see a unique pairing of the RAF Red Arrows alongside the Republic of Korea Air Force Black Eagles.

The legendary South Korean aerobatics team are returning to RIAT for the first time in a decade. 

The Techno Zone will host exhibits and interactive activities designed to inspire the engineers of the future.

There will also be panel discussions and demonstrations from the likes of Aerospace engineer and Great British Bake Off star Andrew Smyth.

The Activity Zone will provide entertainment including electric go-karts and a silent disco. 

Refreshments will be available across the site and there will be dozens of traders and exhibitors in attendance.