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aerospatiale alouette ii 4
aerospatiale alouette iii 2
aerospatiale as332 super puma 1
aerospatiale as350 ecureuil 2
aerospatiale gazelle 2
aerospatiale sa330 puma 3
agusta ab205 1
agusta ab206 2
agusta ab47 1
bell 204 1
bell 205 3
bell 206 5
bell 209 ah-1 cobra 3
bell 212 3
bell 47 1
boeing-vertol 107M H-46 Sea Knight 4
dornier UH-1D 2
hughes 500 2
kaman seasprite 1
kawasaki heavy industries 369HS 3
kawasaki heavy industries kv 107-ii 1
mbb bo105 1
mil Mi-24 Hind 1
mitsubishi S-61 1
sikorsky s-61 H-3 2
sikorsky s-62 HH-52 2
sikorsky s-70 H-60 4
sud aviation se3210 super frelon 1
westland 30 1
westland Lynx 2
westland sea king 2
westland wasp 1
westland wessex 2


YearVersionC/NHistory
1983 206a 102 CF-WPJ : Bell 206A cn102, ff:?; del Shirley Helicopters Canada as CF-WPJ, unk; w/o 25Oct83?; reg canx 30Nov93.
1983 206a 330 Bell Helicopters N4797R : reg Bell Helicopters as N4797R, unk
State of New York N4797R : xfer New York Police Dept NYPD as N4797R, unk; Collided with Cessna U206G floatplane N5328X during traffic observation flight, Brooklyn, NY, 22Jul83, 2 fatalities.
1983 206a 552 Bell Helicopters N8163J : Bell 206A cn552, ff:?; reg Bell Helicopters as N8163J, unk; del US as N8163J, unk; conv Bell 206B-3, unk; xfer Verticare, Inc as N8163J, unk; w/o when crashed in limited visibility while positioning in mountainous terrain under IFR conditions, ivo Salinas, CA, 22Mar83, 1 fatality.
1983 206a 566 D-HORI : mfg 1970; xfer Germany as D-HICY, [ntu]; xfer Germany as D-HORI, unk; conv Bell 206B-2, unk
Mountain Flyers 80 Ltd. HB-XKK : xfer Executive Heli Service / Heuberger Paul, Switzerland as HB-XKK, 30Jul79; xfer Soltermann Ueli, 09Dec80; xfer Mountain Flyers 80 Ltd, 12May81; crashed at Zermatt/VS, 18Jan83; reg canx 20May83.
1983 212 30761 Aeroleo Taxi Aereo PT-HJN : Aeroleo, Bell serial N49690; w/o 09mar83 off Macae, RJ. 11 fatalities
1983 212 31195 ERA Helicopters N3910Y : ERA Helicopters; w/o 13nov83 at Nuiqsut, AK; canc Nov96
1983 212 32140 Fuerza Aerea del Peru FAP-692 : FAP d/d 1981; w/o 17jul83
1983 wg.30 005 N5830T Airspur: w/o 1983 Off-Airport Long Beach, California
1983 47g-3 6811 Royal New Zealand Air Force NZ3709 : RNZAF. w/o 11nov83
1983 500md 0615 Heil Ha'Avir 214 : IAF, w/o oct83
1983 500md 80-0685D Heil Ha'Avir 226 : IAF 500MD Lahatoot, w/o 07nov83
1983 ab205a 4460 Elliniki Aeroporia Stratou ES676 : Hellenic Army Aviation d/d 11jun79; Last AB205 delivered to Greece; w/o 18mar83 2TEAS
1983 ab206a 8132 Österreichische Luftstreitkräfte 3C-JK : w/o 19jan83 at Allentsteig
1983 ab206b-2 8234 Rotorflug GmbH D-HAVI : Rotorflug GmbH; w/o 07feb83 at Tylaching
1983 ab47g-3b 1564 Army Air Corps XT102 : AAC 652 Sq by Aug 1977. Sold 1978.
Army Air Corps XT102 : Apr/May 1976 flew this at Middle Wallop when training under Advanced Rotary Wing
G-BGHN : M H Wills, Alchester from 15jan79; w/o 05dec83
1983 ah-1j 26077 US Marine Corps 160112 : USMC; conv AH-1T unk; w/o 25oct83 during Operation Urgent Fury (Invasion of Grenada)
1983 ah-1t 26092 US Marine Corps 160802 : USMC; HMM-165 w/o 27sep83
1983 ah-1t US Marine Corps 160812 : USMC; HMM-261 w/o 25oct83 during Operation Urgent Fury (Invasion of Grenada)
1983 as332L 2026 Bristow G-TIGD : Bristow d/d Apr82; w/o 04jul83 at Aberdeen Airport
1983 as350b 1055 McAlpine Helicopters G-BGIL : Registered to McAlpine Helicopters Feb 1979. w/o 20 Jan 1983.
UK Police Forces G-BGIL : Assigned to Devon and Cornwall Police (D&DC) at Exeter Middlemoor on 20 Jul 1979 for Police trials.
McAlpine Helicopters G-BGIL : Im sure was written off in an accident at Edinburgh Airport 13jul82, I have a picture of it and it wasnt January for sure
1983 as350d 1460 ERA Helicopters N141EH : ERA Helicopters from Jul82; w/o 11jul83 at Dutch Harbor, AK. No fatalities
1983 105c S-194 Carabineros de Chile C-12 : Carabineros d/d 1976; ex D-HDEB; w/o Jan83
1983 CH-46A 2127 US Marine Corps 152508 : BV-107M, c/n 2127; ff?, del USMC 18Feb66 as CH-46A 152508; asgd Boeing FR Morton PA; asgd Boeing Morton PA 19Feb66; asgd Boeing FR Morton PA 18Jul66; xfer NATC Flight Test NAS Patuxent River 19Jul66; redesig JCH-46A 01Aug66; redesig CH-46D 05Oct66; xfer NPRO R&T Morton PA 06Nov68; xfer NATC Flight Test NAS Patuxent River 27Jan69; xfer Navy Test Pilot School USNTPS 18Mar71; xfer NATC RDT&E 01Dec74; further unit xfers unk; xfer HC-6, Det 10, HW?? unk; w/o 28Feb83 abd CV-66 USS America.
US Marine Corps 152508 : w/o 28feb83, crashed Indian Ocean, 18 NM northwest of Diego Garcia
1983 CH-46F 2493 US Marine Corps 156423 : BV-107M, c/n 2493, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 156423 27Jan69; xfer HMM-162 06Feb69; xfer H&MS-26 09Nov72; xfer HMM-162 13Jan73; xfer HMM-261 20Sep73; further unit xfers unk; conv CH-46E unk; noted HMM-261, EM-?, unk; w/o 20Dec83.
1983 CH-46F 2518 US Marine Corps 156448 : BV-107M, c/n 2518, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 156448 03Jun69; xfer HMMT-302 18Jun69; xfer H&MS-30 COSA 23Mar70; xfer H&MS-30 24Oct70; xfer HMMT-302 14Dec70; xfer H&MS-30 13Mar72; xfer HMT-301 01Apr72; further unit xfers unk; conv CH-46E unk; unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-164, YT-50, unk; w/o 07Nov83.
US Marine Corps 156448 : Crashed in South Korea (wire strike), pilot and crewchief survived, co-pilot, gunner, 2 passengers killed
1983 CH-46F 2610 US Marine Corps 157711 : BV-107M, c/n 2610, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 157711 30Sep70; xfer HMM-365 07Oct70; xfer H&MS-26 16Feb71; xfer HMM-161 19Jan72; further unit xfers unk; conv CH-46E unk; unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-261, EM-??, unk; w/o 26Oct83.
US Marine Corps 157711 : w/o 26oct83 lost in Operation Urgent Fury, the Invasion of Grenada
US Marine Corps 157711 : Side Number was 00 at time of loss. I crewed her before that in 81/82
1983 hh-52a 62-126 US Coast Guard 1443 : Sikorsky S-62C c/n 62-126, ff?; del USCG as HH-52A Seaguard 1443 unk; xfer Airsta Houston, Texas, unk; destroyed & w/o in a crash during hoisting, Galveston Bay, TX, Jan83 (see next entry).
US Coast Guard 1443 : w/o January 1983: Destroyed in a crash during hoisting. Galveston Bay (Lt Stott, Ltcdr Huertas, AE2 Morrow) Airsta Houston Texas
1983 hss-2 61-148 US Navy 149730 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-11 w/o 18aug83
1983 HSS-2B M61-109 japanese maritime self defence force 8098 : Mitsubishi HSS-2B c/n M61-109, ff?; del JMSDF as 8098 unk; w/o 03Apr83.
1983 kv-107iia-4 4109 japanese ground self defence force 51813 : KV-107IIA-4, c/n 4109,?ff? del?JGSDF as 51813, date?; units unknown; w/o 06Jun83.
1983 has.2 083 Fleet Air Arm XZ249 : RN; Nov78 as 702Sqn /AL at Yeovilton
Fleet Air Arm XZ249 : w/o 04may83 crash in gulf of Oman after tail rotor failure, attached to HMS Avenger (F185)
Fleet Air Arm XZ249 : Crash was due to tail rotor control failure
Fleet Air Arm XZ249 : 06aug89 pictured at Predannack Airfield, Cornwall
1983 has.2 fn 078 Aéronautique Navale 277 : FN d/d 1979; 34F
Aéronautique Navale 277 : 31F; w/o 29nov83 crashed Beirut, Lebanon
1983 mi-24d M340148 Ceskoslovenske VoJenske Letectvo 0148 : Czechoslovak air force w/o May 1983
1983 OH-6D 6461 japanese ground self defence force 31160 : Kawasaki 369HM, c/n 6461, ff?; del JGSDF as OH-6D, 31160 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 30May83.
1983 OH-6J 6371 japanese ground self defence force 31067 : Kawasaki 369E, c/n 6371, ff?; del JGSDF as OH-6J, 31067 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 25Jun83.
1983 OH-6J 6384 japanese ground self defence force 31080 : Kawasaki 369E, c/n 6384, ff?; del JGSDF as OH-6J, 31080 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 22Feb83.
1983 s61n.mk2 61-770 British Airways Helicopters G-BEON : Sikorsky S-61N-69, c/n 61-770, ff:?; del British Airways Helicopters, Dublin, as G-BEON, 27May77; crashed in the southern Celtic Sea, in the Atlantic Ocean, when en route from Penzance to the St Mary's, Isles of Scilly in thick fog, 16Jul83. Only six of the 26 on board survived.
1983 s-62a 62-063 Sikorsky Helicopters N92868 : Sikorsky S-62A c/n 62-063, ff?; registered Sikorsky as N92868 unk; sold USA as N92868 unk; sold USA as N700J unk; rereg N700JJ unk; wfu USA unk.
Sikorsky Helicopters N700J : del Johnson & Johnson, Inc as N700J, Aug65; suffered tail-wheel collapse on landing at Trenton-Mercer Airport, NJ, 08Sep82; registration canx Dec83.
Sikorsky Helicopters N92868 : Oct 09, N92868 assigned to a S-51
1983 sa315b 2515 fuerza aerea de chile H-11 : fach d/d 1982; w/o 11jun83
1983 sa315b Gendarmeria Nacional Argentina GN-914 : GNA. w/o 03oct83
1983 sa316b 2250 Comando de Aviacion Naval Argentina 0699 : accepted ARA 18jun75 as 2-H-10. Then 3-H-10. crash with wires early 1978. Repaired. xfer oct78 to newly formed 1st Heli Sqd as 3-H-110. On 3apr82, pilot Lt Busson, used to land argentines marines on south georgia. On 21apr83 crash near Comandante Espora naval airbase: One fatality (TC G. Sule)
Comando de Aviacion Naval Argentina 0699 : picture unknown source (probably ARA) on an Antarctic base late 1970s
1983 sa321h 177 Al Quwwa al Jawwiya al Iraqiya 7402 : Iraqui airforce; w/o 01aug83
1983 sa330b 1108 Aviation légère de l'armée de terre 1108 : ALAT 3RHC w/o 25sep83
1983 sa330f 1338 united arab emirates air force 117 : UAEAF; w/o 1983
1983 sa330h 1336 Armée de l'Air Sénégalaise 6W-SHI : Senegal airforce; w/o 21mar83
1983 ah.1 1254 Royal Marines XX376 : Royal Marines; jan78 3CBAS./K
Royal Marines XX376 : RM 3CBAS w/o 29sep83
1983 ht.3 1244 Royal Air Force XX374 : RAF HT.3; 1979 as L in Central Flying School (CFS) RAF Shawbury; 2FTS w/o 20apr83
Royal Air Force XX374 : w/o 20apr83 crashed on Snowden. 2 fatalities
1983 se3130 1305 Aviation Légère de la Force Terrestre A03 : Belgian Army c/n 1305/C136; 29mar83 w/o
1983 se3130 1596 Army Air Corps XR380 : Delivered as XJ380 in error. 6 Flt (Netheravon) by Sep 1972. Crashed as a UNFICYP machine when caught its underslung load on its skid and it rolled down a hillside on 11 June 1983
Army Air Corps XR380 : I was flying it when it crashed in the Danish Sector of the Green line. I suffered a crush fracture of T12 (Spine), and subsequently did not fly again for 6 months. I was lifting jerry cans of water from the lower pad of the landing site when it happened. Tony Davies
Army Air Corps XR380 : Tony Remember it well.It was a saturday morning.Do you remember myself and major b coming out to you.When I saw how far the aircraft had fallen down the hill I thought you were gone.Luckily not.Points to note not a good idea to have a smoke when the fuel tank is split. Dave G
Army Air Corps XR380 : Tony, It was raining like hell and the r/t silence was deafening. You and I flew into the same site to lay the ghost about a year later. Deni D
1983 se3160 1083 Aviation légère de l'armée de terre 1083 : ALAT w/o 27Oct83
1983 has.1 wa 646 Fleet Air Arm XV658 : f/f 03/02/1970; d/d 26/02/1970; conv HAS.5, unk; w/o 03/02/1983
Fleet Air Arm XV658 : f/f 3 Feb 1970, d/d 26 Feb 1970 as HAS.1, 824Sq/054-R by Nov 1970. Conv to HAS.2A, 819Sq/304-PW by May 1979. Conv to HAS.5, ditched in sea off Portugal 3 Feb 1983 following double engine failure while with 820 Sq operating from HMS Invincible.
1983 mk42 wa 738 bharatiya nau sena IN506 : Westland Sea King Mk.42, cn WA738, ff?; del Indian Navy as IN506, unk; w/o 18Jun83.
1983 th-57a 5012 US Navy 157366 : w/o 31mar83
1983 UH-1B 293 Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya 062 : FAU d/d 1975; ex BuNo 61-0713; w/o 30oct83
1983 UH-1D 8174 Luftwaffe 71+14 : HTG 64, LTG 62, w/o 17.05.1993 Ahlhorn
1983 UH-1D 8351 Heeresflieger 72+31 : HEER
Bundespolizei 72+31 : Bpol
Bundesministerium des Innern D-HBZV : BMI; 1978 new ex 72+31
Bundesministerium des Innern D-HBZV : Mar96 Christoph 10
Bundesministerium des Innern D-HBZV : BMI LUFTRETTUNG; w/o 02.03.1983 Reiteralpe; Preserved Hermeskeil Air Museum, Germany
1983 uh-1d 9127 US Army Aviation 66-16933 : US Army cnvt. to UH-1H toward FAS 264
Fuerza Aerea Salvadoreña 264 : FAS Guardian 3rd batch del.1982 ex 66-16933 w/o 13Oct83
1983 uh-1h 11954 US Army Aviation 69-15666 : US Army toward FAS 265
Fuerza Aerea Salvadoreña 265 : FAS Guardian 3rd batch del.1982 ex 69-15666 w/o 3Oct83
1983 uh-1h Fuerza Aerea Colombiana FAC239 : FAC, BuNo unk; w/o 11apr83
1983 UH-2A 73 US Navy 149771 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 73, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149771 unk; redesig UH-2A in 1962; unit xfers unk; redesig SH-2F unk; xfer HSL-36, HY-???, unk; w/o 01May83.
US Navy 149771 : 1967-68 UH-2A type asg HC-2 Det.42 /HU-22
1983 uh-60a 70-056 US Army Aviation 78-22993 : US Army; TF 160 w/o 26aug83 Christian County, Kentucky. 3 fatalities
1983 uh-60a 70-062 US Army Aviation 78-22999 : US Army; 160th SOAR w/o 04oct83 crashed in Caribbean Sea approx 2m NE Fort Sherman, Panama Canal
1983 uh-60a 70-065 US Army Aviation 78-23002 : US Army; 160th SOAR w/o 25oct83 Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada
1983 uh-60a 70-278 US Army Aviation 81-23557 : US Army; 9 AVN w/o 18oct83 crash during NVG training flight near Mount Rainier, Washington. 4 fatalities
1983 wasp f.9733 Fleet Air Arm XV638 : ff 16 Sep 1969, d/d 3 Oct 1969. 845 Sq/O by Mar 1971, 829 Sq Mohawk Flt/474-MO by Jul 1973, 829 Sq Diomede Flt by Dec 1979.
Fleet Air Arm XV638 : 22jul79 noted at Portland 829Sqn uncoded
Fleet Air Arm XV638 : 829 Sq Achilles Flt/430 by Jan 1980 still Mar 1981, ditched in South Atlantic 27 May 1983 following engine surge, and airframe recovered by RFA Olna.
Fleet Air Arm XV638 : To AIU Lee-on-Solent Jun 1983 ?, to AETS Portland as GI by Feb 1984, to instructional airframe 8826M by 1985. Scrapped, High Wycombe 1991.
1983 has.31 wa215 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) N7-215 : Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA215, f/f:07/03/63; del RAN as N7-215, 825, 16Apr63; Served with 723 Sqn RAN.; Crashed (Fatal) 04/12/83, in Bass Strait near East Sale, VIC after major transmission failure on the return from an exercise at night from the Bass Strait Oil Rigs. Pilot, Lt Mark Henschke tried to make land, but it crashed short of the beach, killing the aircrewman, Gary Macey, and a CPL J. Campbell RAAF. Was recovered and stored at HMAS Albatross. Reduced to componants, 07/09/88.
Fleet Air Arm (RAN) N7-215 : This aircraft did not crash at night! It was around Lunch time on the Sunday! Myself POA Graffham Lt Rob Hill were due to take over this aircraft as it returned from a shuttle run to the rigs. Mark was returning in it and was due to get out and take another cab (826). It was decided at the last moment (on the flightline) that Miz would stay in 825 and refuel and Gary would join him and Rob and I would take 826 instead of 825. We launched at 1122 and were running 15 minutes behind them. On return from the rig when they put out a Pan Call we closed the distance as best we could and I navigated Rob to where I suspected Miz (Henschke)would change heading too! We closed to within only a few minutes of them when the Mayday was declared. We remained on scene searching until well below minimum land on fuel was available. The previous night Lt Bell and myself flew 825 on "Task Training" but had to pull out slightly early due to a Hydraulic failure from the Main Gearbox! We declared a Pan and made it safely back to RAAF East Sale. The Aircraft had only been flown down to East Sale the day before that (Friday 02nd December 1983)
1983 hu.5 wa281 Fleet Air Arm XT459 : Wessex HU.5 d/d 6 Jul 1965,  847 Sq/B-S by 1969, 846 Sq/VB-A by 1972, 848 Sq/VJ by Aug 1976. 845 Sq/(Y)B by Mar 1982, Delivered to Ascension Island by Heavylift Belfast as an attrition replacement. To 845 Sq D Flt/(Y)B May 1982, to 845 Sq C Flt/(Y)B Jun 1982, tail sliced off on 24 Jun 1982 following landing accident. Airlifted to mv Atlantic Causeway by Chinook 12 Jul 1982 and arrived Devonport 27 Jul 1982. To NASU-VL 29 Jul 1982. 845Sq/D by May 1984, crashed and w/o 7 Nov 1983 at Setermoen, Norway.
Royal Marines XT459 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /B
Fleet Air Arm XT459 : 07mar74 848NAS./VB-B
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