united kingdom RAF Odiham

Odiham, England
united kingdom





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1936 to present

51 14 4 secs N - 0 56 57 secs W
6nm ESE of Basingstoke, Hampshire
ICAO: EGVOIATA: ODH
Elevation: 405 feet


RAF Odiham
Originally a temporary Summer Landing Ground, Odiham opened in 1936 as an Army Co-operation base. Tactical reconnaissance and fighter roles followed before the base began an affiliation with Transport duties, particularly helicopters, that continues to this day. 
After 7 months care and maintenance, RAF Odiham re-opened in Feb 1960 as part of 38 Group Transport Command, and 225 Squadron was formed with the Sycamore and Whirlwind. The Belvedere Trials Unit introduced this radical helicopter into service from July 1960 with 66, 72 and 26 Squadrons all forming with the Belvedere at Odiham in Sep 1961 (from the Trials Unit), Nov 1961 and Jun 1962 respectively. Only 72 Squadron remained; 66 Squadron departed for the Far East in 1962 and 26 Squadron left initially for the Middle East in 1963.

Belvedere operations and overseas departures overlapped with the arrival of the Wessex HC.2, beginning with the establishment of the Wessex IFTU in Jul 1961 and the formation of 18 Squadron from it in Feb 1964 and the re-equipping of 72 Squadron in Aug 1964. 18 Squadron left for Germany in 1965, before yo-yoing briefly in 1969.

RAF Odiham was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Basingstoke in Jul 1968. In May 1971, Puma training began with the formation of a joint Puma / Wessex unit, the Air Training Squadron. Its important role was recognised by establishing 240 OCU in Dec 1971 to convert crews for the Puma and Wessex squadrons. 33 Squadron took up its Pumas in Jun 1971, followed by 230 Squadron some 6 months later.

By mid 1981, the Wessex had left for RAF Benson and RAF Odiham again hosted heavy lift helicopters, when their place was taken in 1982 by the Chinook HC.1. The OCU trained first 18 Squadron, which formed in Aug 1971 (before departing to Germany in May 1983) and in late 1982, 7 Squadron. The Chinooks of 7 Squadron and Pumas of 33 Squadron together with 240 OCU continued to operate at Odiham. During 1993/1994 the Chinook HC1 fleet was updated to the initially unreliable HC.2 version and 240 OCU was re-named 27(R) Squadron.

A major rethink of the UK Support Helicopter Force was implemented in 1997 and the Pumas moved out between mid 1997 and Feb 1998, while 18 Squadron returned from Germany leaving Odiham a Chinook-only base for a time. In Jul 2000 the Lynx of 657 Squadron, AAC moved in from RAF Dishforth.

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Units Login to Edit

YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2000/now657 squadron
1997/now18 squadron414 - H-47D Chinook 1995/now
1993/now27 squadronsa330 puma 1993/98
414 - H-47D Chinook 1993/now
1982/now7 squadronCH-47F Chinook 2014/now
414 - H-47D Chinook 1993/now
CH-47C Chinook 1982/94
1982/nowJoint Helicopter Support Unit (JHSU)
1981/8318 squadronCH-47C Chinook 1981/95
1971/9733 squadronsa330 puma 1971/12
1971air training squadronWessex HC.2 1971
sa330 puma 1971
1971/80230 squadronsa330 puma 1971/12
whirlwind 1962/71
1971/93240 operational conversion unitCH-47C Chinook 1980/93
sa330 puma 1972/93
Wessex HC.2 1971/81
1967/71helicopter operational conversion flightWessex HC.2 1967/71
1966/69230 squadronwhirlwind 1962/71
1964/67short range conversion unitWessex HC.2 1964/67
1964/66belvedere conversion unitBelvedere 1964/66
19641310 (tactical support) flightwhirlwind 1964/66
1964/6518 squadronWessex HC.2 1964/80
1963/64wessex intensive flying trials unitWessex HC.2 1963/64
1962/6326 squadronBelvedere 1962/65
1961/6266 squadronBelvedere 1961/69
1961/8172 squadronWessex HC.2 1964/02
Belvedere 1961/64
1960/61belvedere trials unitBelvedere 1960/61
1960/63230 squadronwhirlwind 1962/71
1960/63225 squadronwhirlwind 1961/65
sycamore 1960/62
whirlwind 1960/62


News about this location :

RAF Chinook Mk.6 Simulators and Training System, 02-Jun-15 : The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is investing £51 million in a new synthetic training system developed by Lockheed Martin for the Royal Air Force’s Chinook Mk6 helicopter.

RAF unveil new Mark 6 Chinook, 16-Jun-14 : The first of the RAF’s fourteen new Chinook helicopters have been unveiled today by the Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, following its entry into service on time.




Events Login to Edit

By Date | By Serial

DatesOrg/TypeUnit
1964 G I airframeRoyal Air ForcesycamoreWV781
1970-nov-12 mid air collisionRoyal Air ForceWessex HC.2XR510
1970-nov-12 mid air collisionRoyal Air ForceWessex HC.2XT679
1980-apr-17 Fleet Air ArmWessex HAS.1XS871
1980-apr-17 Royal Air ForceWessex HC.2XR506
1980-apr-17 Royal Air ForceWessex HC.2XV725
1980-apr-17 Royal Air ForceWessex HC.2XV719
1980-apr-17 Royal Air ForceWessex HC.2XV720
1980-apr-17 Royal Air ForceWessex HC.2XV723
1980-apr-17 Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.4XD182
1983-jul-01 UH-1H IroquoisAE-413
1984-jul-01 CH-47C ChinookZA718 / EQ
1986-sep Royal Air ForceWhirlwind HAR.108873M
1989-jun Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW200
1991-jul-25 Royal Air ForceCH-47C ChinookZA707
1991-jul-25 Army Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1XW903
1991-jul-25 Royal Air ForceSA341D Gazelle HT.3ZB627
1992-nov-06 Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW227
1992-nov-06 Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW231
1992-nov-06 Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW225
1992-nov-06 Royal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW201
1993-sep Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA681
2005-jun-27 Lynx HAS2XZ255
2005-jun-28 S-70B-2 SeahawkN24-012 / 881
2005-jul-15 CH-47D ChinookZH775
2006-aug-03 CH-47D ChinookZA714
2007-may-29 CH-47C ChinookZA674
2007-may-29 CH-47D ChinookZA674
2007-jun-01 CH-47D ChinookZA710 / BC
2007-jul-10 CH-47D ChinookZA670
2007-jul-25 SA330E PumaXW219 / DC
2007-sep-12 SA330E PumaZA938
2007-sep-18 CH-47C ChinookZD574
2007-sep-18 CH-47D ChinookZD574
2009-jul-16 CH-47C ChinookZD983 / DG
2009-jul-16 CH-47D ChinookZA670 / AA
2009-jul-16 CH-47D ChinookZD983 / DG
2009-jul-16 CH-47D ChinookZA682 / AJ
2009-jul-16 CH-47D ChinookZH894 / HI
2009-jul-16 UK Police ForcesEC135T2G-SURY
2011-apr-08 EH101 Mk.512ZJ990 / AA
2011-apr-08 SA330E PumaXW231
2011-may-23 CH-47D ChinookZH892 / HG
2012-jun Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA707
2012-jun Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZH777
2012-jun Army Air CorpsLynx AH1XZ643
2012-jun Army Air CorpsWAH-64 ApacheZJ211
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA713
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA707
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA675
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZD984
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZH777
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA718
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZH896
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceMH-47E ChinookZH901
2012-jul homeportRoyal Air ForceMH-47E ChinookZH904
2015-jan-30 Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA681
2015-oct-13 AccidentCA Canadian Armed ForcesCH-124 Sea King12419
2016-oct-04 Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA671


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