You would hear stories from back in the day which the older flying instructors would tell, especially because the Bo 105 had some models which dated from the year I was born – 1984. The final flight of a piece of weaponry that we’ve flown here for almost 40 years. It’s sad. It was fascinating to fly in a big formation, as I think it made a rather impressive sight. That was the last time. . There can only be one last time and I’m proud that I could take part in the last flight of the Bo 105. Going through the checklists one last time, firing up the engines one last time, taking off one last time for the final flight of the last of the “Bo-hicans”. Almost 1.4 million flight hours. It’s the end of an era. On 13th December 2016, 18 Bo 105 pilots fly together in their helicopters for the last time. For over 40 years, the Bölkow Bo 105 was the figurehead of German Army aviation. Originally conceived as an antitank and multifunctional helicopter during the Cold War, it was intended to confront the Warsaw Pact member states. Over 300 helicopters of this sort were used by the Bundeswehr in a variety of models. Today, almost half a century later, their time is up. The Bo 105 has earned its retirement – but not before one last lap of honour. The formation sets off from the German Army air base at Celle, flying over Bückeburg, Hanover and other neighbouring bases. The pilots are in the air for barely 90 minutes before they head back one last time to Celle, home of the flying unit: a moving farewell for many. Can’t describe the way I feel today. For me, today represents 30 years of my flying career coming to an end. I feel really connected to it. So many sights, experiences and impressions. So many sights experiences and impressions. I can’t describe it and it will be the same for all the officers The 18 helicopters land at the German Army air base in closed formation. Journalists and the entire air base personnel are here to witness this historic moment. The last of the “Bo-hicans”, as the crews call themselves, now become the stuff of legend. With today’s farewell flight of the Bo 105, the helicopter pilots have concluded a chapter in Bundeswehr history. Once you had mastered it, and put in enough flight hours; once you had enough experience, then it was just like putting on a jacket or a jumper. The steering was very responsive; it was always really fun to fly this aircraft, which makes today – a sad day.