westland Lynx in
united kingdom Army Air Corps

Del'd: 140 - 1977 to present

  • Army Air Corps Lynx
The Lynx began to replace the Scout AH.1 as the British Army main battlefield helicopter in 1977. When fitted with TOW missiles, it became a potent anti-tank platform. As the Apache AH.1 began to appear in 2001, Lynx TOW kits were withdrawn and the airframes were re-purposed for battlefield support.

1977: 112 AH.1, most converted to AH.7
1985: 13 AH.7 plus conversions
1990: 16 AH.9 plus conversions
2008: AH.9A
2009: AgustaWestland AW.159 Wildcat

16 new airframes AH.9 ordered from Westland in Apr 1988, with plans to modify 8 from the AH.1 / AH.7 fleet, the total number was eventually reduced to 22.

Under a £70M urgent operational requirement to improve hot and high performance and reliability in the Afghan Theatre, 12 Army Lynx AH.9 are being re-engined with the LHTEC CTS800-4N engine, to be used in the Lynx Wildcat programme. By end of Apr 2009, 4 of the 12 were on the Westland line at Yeovil and will be known as the Lynx AH.9A. All 12 airframes are due by Nov 2010. On completion, a decision will be made whether to address the other 10 Army Lynx AH.9.

The final flight of the Lynx AH.7 in AAC service took place at Middle Wallop on 31 Jul 2015.

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Final UK Lynx Helicopter Depth Overhaul, 07-Dec-15 : After 37-year support, Vector Aerospace held a ceremony to commemorate the last Depth maintenance event to be completed on a UK Armed Forces Lynx helicopter. Lynx being replaced by Wildcat

British Army Retires Last Lynx AH.7, 31-Jul-15 : British Army Air Corps retires their last Lynx AH.7 helicopter on a farewell ceremony at Middle Wallop. They will continue to use the AH.9A (until 2018) and the recently introduced Wildcat

Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    034 mk28 1978     TAD016: At DCAE Arborfield as TAD016/A by May 2010
Qatar Ministry of Interior QP32: Westland Lynx HC.28, c/n WA034, ff:?; reg UK as G-17-22+
    2/11 ah1 1972     XX153: AH.1 f/f 12apr72; Preserved Yeovil
    008 ah1 1977     XZ170: AAC d/d 01jun77; 1985 AH.1 MoD(PE); conv AH-7; conv AH-9
    011 ah1 1977     XZ171: AAC in 1990 type:AH7 /K 671Sqn.
    013 ah1 1977     XZ172: AAC; conv AH.7
655 Sq by Jun 1996
    021 ah1 1977     XZ173: AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 2007 type:AH.1 653Sqn.
    024 ah1 1977     XZ174: AAC; conv AH.7;
    030 ah1 1977     XZ175: AAC AH.1 f/f 20sep77, d/d 03oct77; conv to AH.7
1997 AH7 type 671Sqn /Z
Jul13 pictured at paintball range "Warfighters R6 Centre" ne+
AAC Lynx AH.1 noted at Westland Factory Yeovil - EGHG 12sep7+
    037 ah1 1977     XZ176: AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 AAC; 2jun98 651Sqn. visit
Royal Marines XZ176: RM 847 Sqn
    038 ah1 1977     XZ177: AAC; conv AH.7
Royal Marines XZ177: 05jan10 seen together with XZ182 make a nightstop at Am+
    044 ah1     XZ178: AAC; conv AH.7
Royal Marines XZ178: Royal Marines in 2007 type:AH7 847Sqn.
    047 ah1     XZ179: AAC; 1994 type:AH7 669Sqn.; 2011 type:AH7 1Reg.
    055 ah1 1980     XZ180: AAC; conv AH.7
AAC, noted Feb08
07sep14 pictured as /C during Air Waves at Portrush
Royal Marines XZ180: Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./R visit Valkenburg

16jan92 3CBAS./R visit Eelde

16jan92 3CBAS./R visit Sylt

1995 3CBAS; 1997 847Sqn./R; 2000 847Sqn./R
    056 ah1 1978     XZ181: AAC; 1984 652Sqn; 1992 663Sqn /H
    058 ah1 1978     XZ182: AAC for Royal Marines
Royal Marines XZ182: May86 AH1 type 3CBAS /23A pictured at RNAS Yeovilton

Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./M visit Valkenburg

16jan92 3CBAS /M visit Eelde

16jan92 3CBAS /M visit Sylt

2000 847Sqn./M

05jan10 seen together with XZ177 make a nightstop at Am+
    061 ah1 1978     XZ183: AAC; conv AH.7
    065 ah1 1978     XZ184: ah7 AAC AH1 f/f 21jun78, d/d 06jul78; conv AH.7; 2007 671 Sqn
15jul11 pictured (top) asg 9 Regt at RAF Fairford during RIA+
11jul14 pictured (bot) at RIAT 2014
part of flypast to mark 70th anniversary of 671 Sq/B and the+
Preserved as Gate guardian at the Army Aviation Centre, Midd+
    069 ah1 1978     XZ185: AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 Feb04 AH.7 type asg 672Sqn. AAC Disforth
- XZ185: May15 on display at Pima Air Museum in Tucson, AZ
    072 ah1 1978     XZ186: AAC; conv AH.7; 655 Sqn 5 Regt w/o 14nov91 at Gorton, Count+
    075 ah1 1978     XZ187: AAC; conv AH.7
    077 ah1 1978     XZ188: AAC; conv AH.7; to SEAE Arborfield
    079 ah1 1978     XZ189: AAC AH.1 d/d 14sep78; BAOR 1 Regt w/o 05jul79 at Hildesheim,+
    082 ah1     XZ190: AAC; 2007 type:AH7 672Sqn.; 2011 type:AH7 9Reg.
    085 ah1 1978     XZ191: AAC; 2003 type:AH7 671Sqn./A; 2011 type:AH7 657Sqn.
AAC Noted at AAC Hildesheim 17jun80 as Lynx AH.1
    089 ah1 1978     XZ192: ah7 655 Sq by Jun 1996
Royal Marines XZ192: Royal Marines; conv AH7
    093 ah1 1978     XZ193: AAC; conv AH.7
    096 ah1 1979     XZ194: AAC; conv AH.7
- XZ194: May13 preserved at the Imperial war museum, Duxford
    097 ah1 1978     XZ195: AAC in 2009 type:AH7 672Sqn.
    098 ah1 1979     XZ196: AAC AH.1 f/f 07feb79, d/d 14sep79
ah7 Feb04 AH.7 type asg 672Sqn. AAC Disforth
18oct12 pictured as /T at RAF Northolt
    100 ah1 1979     XZ197: AAC; conv AH.7
    104 ah1 1979     XZ198: AAC; 1998 type:AH.7 655Sqn.
AAC; conv AH.7; 2005 for sale at Fleetlands
    106 ah1 1979     XZ199: AAC. Conv to AH7. w/o 18may99
    107 ah1 1979     XZ203: AAC; 1992 type:Lynx AH7 653Sqn.; 1997 671Sqn./Z; 1998 671Sqn+
AAC 31may80 in static display at the Newbury Air Festival, G+
    107/1 ah1 1979     XZ204: AAC; 662 Sqn w/o 18mar88
    110 ah1 1979     XZ205: AAC; conv AH.7
    111 ah1     XZ206: AAC; conv AH.7
    115 ah1 1979     XZ207: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 17apr00; seen at SEAE ( School of Electr+
    116 ah1 1979     XZ208: AAC; 1984 652Sqn
AAC; conv AH.7; 2005 672Sq(9 Regt)
Royal Marines XZ208: Royal Marines in 2003 847Sqn.
    125 ah1     XZ209: AAC; conv AH.7; wfu
    126 ah1 1979     XZ210: AAC; conv AH.7; May05 672 Sq (9 Regt); w/o 01dec11 caught fi+
    127 ah1     XZ211: AAC; conv AH.7; Oct07 9 Regt
    129 ah1 1979     XZ212: AAC; conv AH.7
    131 ah1 1979     XZ213: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 20mar86; to TAD213 Fleetlands, i/a
    133 ah1 1979     XZ214: AAC; 1992 type:AH.7 654Sqn.; 2007 type:AH.7 657Sqn.
    136 ah1 1979     XZ215: AAC; conv AH7; 1992 671Sqn
655 Sq by Sep 1997
1999 655Sqn.; 2008 9Reg.
15jul11 pictured at RAF Fairford during RIAT 2011
    138 ah1 1979     XZ216: AAC in 1987 653Sqn. ; 2000 type:AH7 661Sqn.
    139 ah1 1979     XZ217: AAC; 1991 654Sqn desert c/s
AAC; conv AH.7; May05 672Sqn (9 Regt)
Westland XZ217: Noted under construction at Westland factory, Yeovil EG+
    141 ah1 1979     XZ218: AAC; conv AH.7
655 Sq by Jun 1996
    144 ah1 1979     XZ219: ah7 AAC; conv AH.7
07may96 pictured at Ilidza, Bosnia during Operation Joint En+
2007 type:AH.7 653Sqn.
Oct07 9 Regt
    146 ah1 1980     XZ220: AAC f/f 17jan80, d/d 12dec80; conv AH.7
ah7 2jun98 with 651Sqn visit Elmpt Station, Germany
29jan15 pictured what is left of XZ220 at Ream Hills Farm We+
    147 ah1 1979     XZ221: AAC in 1992 type:AH7 671Sqn.
    148 ah1 1980     XZ222: AAC; conv AH.7
    149 ah1 1979     XZ605: AAC; 2010 7 Regt AH.7 type
Royal Marines XZ605: Royal Marines; 15jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Valkenburg

16jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Eelde

16jan92 3CBAS./Y visit Sylt

1993 3CBAS./Y; 1995 847Sqn./Y; 2000 847Sqn./Y
    150 ah1 1979     XZ606: damaged in heavy landing at Bessbrook 2 jan 1986
AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 nov06 667Sqn.
    151 ah1 1980     XZ607: AAC; conv AH.7
    152 ah1     XZ608: AAC; 1984 652Sqn
ah7 2011 657Sqn
    154 ah1 1981     XZ609: AAC; conv AH.7; Sep05 655 Sqn 5 Regt
    155 ah1 1980     XZ610: AAC; conv AH.7; 669 Sqn w/o 22dec98 near Sarajevo, Bosnia
    156 ah1 1980     XZ611: AAC; conv AH.7; Sep05 671 Sqn/X 2 Regt
    160 ah1 1980     XZ613: AAC; conv AH.7
    162 ah1 1980     XZ615: AAC; conv AH.7; Oct07 9 Regt
    167 ah1     XZ616: AAC; 2011 type:AH7 657Sqn.
ah7 part of flypast to mark 70th anniversary of 671 Sq and the r+
    168 ah1 1980     XZ617: AAC; conv AH.7
    171 ah1 1980     XZ640: AAC; w/o 17sep86
    172 ah1 1980     XZ641: ah7 AAC AH1 ff 12may80, dd 29may80; 653 Sq by 1984 still 1985;+
25 Flt by 2000; served in Northern Ireland with 655 Sq by Au+
Royal Marines XZ641: Royal Marines in 2007 type:AH7 847Sqn.
    173 ah1 1980     XZ642: AAC; conv AH.7
    178 ah1 1980     XZ643: AAC; conv AH.7; 01jun12 pictured as /C at RAF Odiham Familie+
08jul12 AH.7 type pictured (bot) as 671Sqn /C at RIAT air sh+
    179 ah1 1980     XZ644: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 12/05/1992
    180 ah1 1980     XZ645: AAC AH7 type;1993 657Sqn.; 1997 9Reg.
Noted at Dishforth coded X
    182 ah1 1980     XZ646: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 21feb05 Cat5 air accident at Zenica, Bos+
    183 ah1 1980     XZ647: AAC AH7 type
Jul05 at Fairford/RIAT 05 as /Z with Tiger camo on tail
16jul06 pictured with Blue Eagles at RAF Fairford. AS350BB Z+
    188 ah1 1980     XZ649: AAC; conv AH.7; ground instruction at Farnborough as XZ646
655 Sq by Jun 1996
    189 ah1 1980     XZ650: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 22sep94
    192 ah1 1980     XZ651: AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 part of flypast to mark 70th anniversary of 671 Sq/O and the+
Noted at Dishforth as Lynx AH.7 Coded 3
    193 ah1 1980     XZ652: AAC d/d 05nov80
2007 Lynx AH7 type 653 Sqn
- XZ652: Oct134 now resident at Serco Fire Training facility at +
    201 ah1 1980     XZ653: ah7 AAC; conv AH.7
18may13 at Kassel Calden Airport with Apaches
20mar15 type AH.7 9Reg. at Esbjerg dep. to EHAM
20mar15 type AH.7 9Reg. at Schiphol night stop from EKEB
    205 ah1 1980     XZ654: 2009 AAC AH.7 type
2014 being stripped for spares at Middle Wallop
Royal Marines XZ654: Royal Marines in 2007 type:AH7 847Sqn.

- ?: Shannon, County Clare, Ireland since 02jun15
    209 ah1 1980     XZ655: AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 nov06 671Sqn./A
    212 ah1 1981     XZ661: AAC; conv AH.7
    214 ah1 1981     XZ662: AAC; 1991 652Sqn
655 Sq by Sep 1997
AAC; conv AH7; w/o 02mar00
    218 ah1 1981     XZ663: AAC; conv AH.7; Dec05 671 Sqn/I
    221 ah1 1981     XZ664: AAC AH.1 f/f 27mar81, d/d 10apr81; conv AH.7; 2006 to civ
Jul13 pictured at paintball range "Warfighters R6 Centre" ne+
    224 ah1 1981     XZ665: AAC AH.1 f/f 28apr981, d/d 14may81; conv AH.7
655 Sq by Apr 1984
Jul13 pictured at paintball range "Warfighters R6 Centre" ne+
    226 ah1 1981     XZ666: AAC; conv AH.7; SEAE Arborfield
    227 ah1 1981     XZ667: AAC; conv AH.7; 655 Sqn w/o 10apr94
    229 ah1 1981     XZ668: AAC; conv AH.7; w/o 20aug95; seen at Middle Wallop
    230 ah1 1981     XZ669: AAC; conv AH.7
    233 ah1 1981     XZ670: AAC; conv AH.7; May05 672Sqn(9 Regt)
ah7 2007 type:AH.7 653Sqn.
part of flypast to mark 70th anniversary of 671 Sq/A and the+
    234 ah1 1981     XZ671: AAC; 652 Sqn w/o 24jan85
    236 ah1 1981     XZ672: AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 2007 type:AH.7 653Sqn.
    238 ah1 1981     XZ673: AAC; conv AH.7
655 Sq by Sep 1997
    239 ah1     XZ674: AAC; 2007 type:Lynx AH7 669Sqn.
    240 ah1 1981     XZ675: AAC; conv AH.7; 1997 as /E 671 Sqd Blue Eagles; ?? to spares+
    241 ah1 1982     XZ676: AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 2007 type:AH.7 653Sqn.
- XZ676: Feb15 on eBay £24,000

Jul15 at a campsite as accommodation. where ??; origina+

Situated at Ream Hills Caravan Park, near Blackpool. Th+
    242 ah1 1982     XZ677: AAC; conv AH.7; Oct07 9 Regt
    244 ah1 1982     XZ678: AAC; conv AH.7
    247 ah1 1982     XZ679: ah7 AAC; conv AH.7; Jan05 672Sqn (9 Regt)
06jul08 pictured at RNAS Yeovilton, during Commando assault +
20mar15 type AH.7 9Reg. at Esbjerg dep. to EHAM
20mar15 type AH.7 9Reg. at Schiphol night stop from EKEB
    250 ah1 1982     XZ680: AAC; conv AH.7; May05 671 Sqn/E
    254 ah1 1982     XZ681: AAC; w/o 04jan84 Falklands
    102     ZB500: AAC AH.1 demonstrator; to Westland as G-LYNX
Westland G-LYNX: WG.13 Lynx; ZA500,ZB500; conv to Lynx 800; 11aug86 He+

Westland G-LYNX/ZA500: 12sep79 noted at Westland factory Yeovil EGHG

Westland G-LYNX: 20jun87 pictured (top) at Paris-Le Bourget airshow, Fra+

Jul90 pictured (middle) at Koksijde, Belgium

1995 donated and preserved at the Helicopter Museum

AgustaWestland UK G-LYNX: 2007 began restoration by AgustaWestland; 2011 flew aga+
    274 ah1 1983     ZD272: AAC; 1987 656Sqn
AAC; conv AH.7
ah7 24+25jul99 671Sqn. Blue Eagles Fairford air show
    275 ah1 1983     ZD273: AAC AH.1 f/f 09feb83, d/d 28mar83; conv AH.7
ah7 15jul10 type: AH.7 671Sqn./A
Jul13 pictured Cabin preserved for ground instruction at Bur+
    277 ah1 1983     ZD274: AAC in 1992 656Sqn.
conv AH.7
    279 ah1 1983     ZD275: AAC d/d 30mar83 AH1 type; conv AH7; 655sqd/5regt w/o 19mar94
656 Sq by 1984, 657 Sq by 1985 still 1991, 657 Sq/Q by 1992,+
ah7 653 Sq/F by 1993, 655 Sq by 1994, w/o by mortar fire in Cros+
    285 ah1 1983     ZD276: AAC d/d 12may83 AH1 type; conv AH7; w/o 18mar07 Mayhem Paint+
    290 ah1 1983     ZD277: AAC; conv AH.7
    294 ah1 1983     ZD278: ah7 AAC; 1991 662Sqn
06may12 pictured (top) as AH.7 type /F at Abingdon Air Show
13jul13 pictured (bot) as AH.7 type 671 Sq /F at RNAS Yeovil+
    298 ah1 1983     ZD279: AAC; conv AH.7; Jun05 672Sqn (9 Regt)
    302 ah1 1983     ZD280: ah7 AAC; 2000 type AH.7 651Sqn.
ah7 Conv to AH.7
20mar15 type AH.7 9Reg. at Esbjerg dep. to EHAM
20mar15 type AH.7 9Reg. at Schiphol night stop from EKEB
part of flypast to mark 70th anniversary of 671 Sq and the r+
    304 ah1 1983     ZD281: AAC; conv AH.7; 10jul11 pictured as /K of 671 Sq at 815Sq pa+
    308 ah1 1983     ZD283: AAC; conv AH.7
    311 ah1 1984     ZD284: AAC; conv AH.7; 18jul10 pictured at RIAT 2010
Royal Marines ZD284: Royal Marines; 1985 3CBAS/24B
    314 ah1 1984     ZD285: AAC; conv AH.7
    319 ah7 1985     ZE375: ah9 AAC; 1995 AH.9 type 659Sqn.
ah.9a conv to AH9A type
    320 ah7 1985     ZE376: AAC; conv AH.9
ah9 10sep06 661Sqn. Tag der Heeresflieger
ah.9a conv AH9A type
    321 ah7     ZE377: AAC; 657 Sqn w/o 01aug89
    322 ah7 1986     ZE378: AAC
part of flypast to mark 70th anniversary of 671 Sq and the r+
    323 ah7 1986     ZE379: AAC
    324 ah7 1986     ZE380: ah9 AAC; conv AH.9; 2009 672Sqn
ah.9a conv AH9A type
28jan16 pictured at Newquay Airport
    325 ah7 1986     ZE381: AAC
    328 ah7 1987     ZE382: ah9 AAC; 1998 AH.9 type 659Sqn /3
w/o 09sep04 in Czech Rpublic, 661Sqn AH.9 type
    329 ah7     ZF537: ah9 AAC; conv AH.9 type; Sep05 1Regt
ah.9a conv AH.9A type
09sep16 type: AH.9A 657Sqn. at Prestwick
    330 ah7     ZF538: ah9 AAC; conv AH.9; Jan06 1 Regt
Royal Marines ZF538: Royal Marines in 2007 847Sqn.

conv AH.9A type, also with AAC
    331 ah7 1987     ZF539: ah9 AAC; 1995 type:AH.9 659Sqn.
Jun05 1 Regt
Royal Marines ZF539: Royal Marines in 2007 847Sqn.
    332 ah7 1987     ZF540: ah9 AAC; 1995 type:AH.9 659Sqn.
Jan06 1 Regt
written off in fatal crash, c 10.5 nm S of Kandahar air base+
    346 ah9 1990     ZG884: AAC; Dec06 1Reg.
14mar07 1Reg.
2008 1Reg.
ah.9a conv AH.9A type
    347 ah9     ZG885: AAC in 2000 /7 659Sqn.
ah.9a conv AH9A type
    348 ah9 1991     ZG886: ah.9a AAC; Nov05 9 Regt; conv AH9A type
    349 ah9 1991     ZG887: AAC; 1993 /4 9Reg.
ah.9a conv AH.9A type
05may15 pictured at RAF Brize Norton
    351 ah9 1991     ZG888: AAC in 1993 /5 9Reg.
ah.9a As of 2010, a MK9A at 672Sqn
AAC; 13+14jun12 9Reg.
    352 ah9 1991     ZG889: ah.9a AAC d/d 27sep91; 9 Regt til Sep 2005; 1 Regt Sep 2005; March+
05mar92 type: AH.9 unit unknown, stop at Soesterberg
659Sq Command Flt by Feb 1999
    353 ah9 1991     ZG914: ah.9a AAC; conv AH9A type
    354 ah9 1991     ZG915: ah.9a AAC; conv AH9A type
    355 ah9 1991     ZG916: AAC f/f 10de91, d/d 06jan92
Apr05 asg 672Sqn (9 Regt)
ah.9a conv AH.9A type f/f 16sep09
Mar14 with Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands
    356 ah9 1992     ZG917: ah.9a AAC; conv AH9A type
    357 ah9 1992     ZG918: AAC in 1993 664Sqn. ; 1998 659Sqn. ; 2006 1Reg.
ah.9a conv AH9A type
23nov15 14hs at Norwich
    358 ah9 1992     ZG919: AAC; 1993 9Reg./7; 2003 659Sqn.; 2007 1Reg.
ah.9a conv AH.9A type
    359 ah9 1992     ZG920: ah.9a AAC; Nov05 1 Regt; conv AH9A type
    360 ah9 1992     ZG921: AAC; 1995 659Sqn.
14mar07 at Koksijde
ah.9a conv AH9A type
06jun14 at Hope Valley, Castleton
    361 ah9 1992     ZG922: AAC d/d 26jun92; w/o 19sep01 at desert landing pad in Oman d+
    362 ah9 1992     ZG923: ah.9a AAC AH9 type; conv AH.9A type
    141 C/N found in this Organisation

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