STUNNING pictures show the Hercules farewell flypast as it passed over Herefordshire to mark the retirement of the iconic plane from RAF service.  

Hereford Times: The flypast makes its way over Stirling Lines, HerefordshireThe flypast makes its way over Stirling Lines, Herefordshire (Image: Thomas Devons)

Three of the iconic planes flew over all four nations of the UK, visiting locations of significance to their service and to 47 Squadron on June 15.

Hereford Times: The flypast seen from Mansel Lacy, HerefordshireThe flypast seen from Mansel Lacy, Herefordshire (Image: Lucy Rose)

Setting off from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire at 10am, the flypast took in locations including Credenhill, Herefordshire, and was spotted by many in the county.

Hereford Times: The flypast over Shobdon, HerefordshireThe flypast over Shobdon, Herefordshire (Image: John Pullen)

A stalwart of the RAF fleet, the first Hercules entered service in the 1960s.

Hereford Times: Flying over Shobdon AirfieldFlying over Shobdon Airfield (Image: Doug Tantrum)

The unmistakable aircraft have since operated across the globe to support military and humanitarian relief operations.


Hereford Times: Flying over Shobdon, HerefordshireFlying over Shobdon, Herefordshire (Image: Alan Broatch)

They are being retired after the introduction of the Atlas A400 fleet, and will leave service on June 30.

Hereford Times: The flypast makes its way over ShobdonThe flypast makes its way over Shobdon (Image: Alan Broatch)

An RAF spokesperson said: "The expertise acquired operating the Hercules and its broad range of capabilities will be transitioned across to the other flying platforms in RAF service.

"This includes ground support staff (engineers, air operations and intelligence professions) who will be relocated to similar roles around the RAF."