Westland wessex in
united kingdom Royal Air Force






Del'd: 77 - 1963 to 2003



  • Royal Air Force wessex
The RAF used seventy two Wessex HC.2 (71 production airframes and 1 pre-production prototype) between 1963 and 2003. The other prototype (a HAS.1 conversion) was retained by Westland for trials. More details can be found under the Wessex HC.2
The RAF used two HCC.4 in the VVIP and VIP transport role between 1969 and 1998. More details under the Wessex HCC.4
Several former Royal Navy aircraft also listed here


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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1984/0384 squadronCY RAF Akrotiri
CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)



Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    wa289 hu.5 1965     8922M: to RAF Gutersloh Jan 1987 (painted up as XR504 18Sq/BF by Ju+
Royal Navy XT467: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA289, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +

845Sq/G-B by Mar 1966 still Sep 1968. 781Sq by Feb 1970+

RN HU.5 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 52+

771Sq /525-CU, participated in Fastnet Race rescue on 1+

771 Sq/525-CU visited RCH on 14 Dec 1981

Everett Aero XT467: Everett Aero, Sproughton by Mar 2003 still Feb 2004

Gunsmoke Paintball XT467: Gunsmoke Paintball site Hadliegh Suffolk by Nov 2006 st+
    wa 4 hc.2 1958     XM299: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA004, f/f: 19/12/1958; del Royal +
    wa 92 has.1 1962     XP159: to 8877M at RAF Odiham by May 1986, privately owned Brands H+
Royal Navy XP159: Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA092, f/f:?; del Royal Navy+

820Sq/297-E by Nov 1964, 814Sq/341-V by Apr 1965, 814Sq+

- XP159: to Electrical Research Association, Leatherhead by Jun +
    wa122 hc.2 1963     XR497: RAF d/d 28feb63; SAR duty at RAF Valley with 202 Sq by 1977+
Uruguayan Air Force 076: FAU d/d 20jun02; ex RAF XR497; sep02 in service with E+

Pictured (bot) in Uruguay during firefighting duties, v+
    wa123 hc.2 1963     XR498: 1999 72Sqn /X
    wa124 hc.2 1963     XR499: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA124, f/f: 05/07/1963; del Royal +
    wa125 hc.2 1963     XR500: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA125, f/f: 19jul63; del Royal Air+
    wa126 hc.2 1963     XR501: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA126, f/f: 05/07/1963; del Royal +
    wa127 hc.2 1963     XR502: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA127, f/f: 19/07/1963; del Royal +
    wa128 hc.2 1963     XR503: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA128, f/f: 23/08/1963; del Royal +
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XR503: Engine filter trials in N Africa Aug 1966, RAE by Sep 1+

RAE noted on display at SBAC Farnborough Airshow 1968

DRA; 13+14jun92 ATI 92
    wa129 hc.2 1963     XR504: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA129, f/f: 30/08/1963; del Royal +
    wa130 hc.2 1963     XR505: First flew 1 Oct 1963, delivered 18 Oct 1963 . SRCU/N by 1+
Uruguayan Navy 081: To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.

On July 2009 participated on Southern Partnership Stati+

2010 last operational Wessex (in the world?)
    wa131 hc.2 1963     XR506: ff 30 Oct 1963; dd 23 Dec 1963; 18 Sq/H by Jun 1968 still by+
Jet Art Aviation -: Jan13 pictured on sale on ebay by jetartaviation.co.uk
    wa132 hc.2 1963     XR507: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA132, f/f: 26/11/1963; del Royal +
    wa133 hc.2 1963     XR508: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA133, f/f: 19/11/1963; del Royal +
    wa134 hc.2 1963     XR509: ff 13 Dec 1963, dd 6 Jan 1964 . 18 Sq/N by Apr 1965 still Ju+
    wa135 hc.2 1963     XR510: ff 19 Dec 1963, dd 6 Jan 1964. HOCF/BZ by Sep 1970, w/o 12 N+
    wa136 hc.2 1963     XR511: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA136, f/f: 20/12/1963, del Royal +
Royal Air Force of Oman XR511: seconded to Sultan of Oman Air Force as XR511, unk; rtn+

- XR511: 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
    wa137 hc.2 1963     XR515: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA137, f/f: 15/01/1964, del Royal +
Uruguayan Air Force 070: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XR515
    wa138 hc.2 1964     XR516: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA138, f/f 16jan64; del Royal Air +
    wa139 hc.2 1964     XR517: RAF in 1995 /N 60Sqn.
Everett Aero XR517: Sold to R Everett, Sproughton by Sep 1998, pres. Shoreh+
    wa140 hc.2 1964     XR518: RAF in July 1991 22Sqn.
    wa141 hc.2 1964     XR519: Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 12feb64 del Royal Air Force 03mar6+
    wa142 hc.2 1964     XR520: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA142, f/f: 19/02/1964; del Royal +
    wa143 hc.2 1963     XR521: First flew 16 Apr 1964 as HC.2, delivered 30 Apr 1964. Event+
Uruguayan Navy 082: To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
    wa144 hc.2 1964     XR522: ff 22 Apr 1964, dd 1 May 1964 . 78 Sq/O by 1965, HOCF/BW by +
Uruguayan Air Force 071: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XR522; Gate Guardian Grupo 1 FAU +
    wa145 hc.2 1964     XR523: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA145, f/f: 08/05/1964; del Royal +
    wa146 hc.2 1964     XR524: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA146, f/f: 22/05/1964; del Royal +
- XR524: RAF - noted at SBAC Farnborough Airshow Sep68 as 72Sqn +
    wa147 hc.2 1964     XR525: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA147, f/f: 27/07/1964; del Royal +
    wa148 hc.2 1964     XR526: ff 24 Aug 1964, dd 23 Sep 1964. w/o 27 May 1970 with 72 Sq, +
- XR526: Sep12 appears to have been rebuilt and now on display a+
    wa149 hc.2 1964     XR527: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA149, f/f: 23/09/1964; del Royal +
    wa150 hc.2 1964     XR528: RAF Wessex HC2 ff 04nov64, dd 10dec64; 78 Sq/F, /BZ by Sep+
    wa151 hc.2 1964     XR529: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA151, f/f: 01/12/1964; del Royal +
    wa121 hc.2 1962     XR588: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA121, f/f: 05/10/1962; del Royal +
    wa159 hu.5 1964     XS485: 1992 Rebuilt at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus; Was HC5C with 84 Sqn +
Royal Navy XS485: Royal Navy Wessex HU.5C d/d 06feb64; scr Gosport, 2002

Noted as G.I with AESS at HMS Sultan, Gosport 28may99 n+
    wa166 hu.5 1964     XS492: RAF Wessex HU.5 on loan to RAF 2FTS at RAF Shawbury EGOS fro+
Royal Navy XS492: Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA166, f/f:?; del Royal Navy +
    wa172 hu.5 1964     XS498: To RAF 84 Sq /Joker by 1991
Royal Navy XS498: Wessex HU5C. d/d to RN 1964, 848Sq/T-A by 1965, 845Sq,+

Royal Marines XS498: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /C

Royal Navy XS498: 31oct73 848Sqn./VC-B visit

jan79 confirmed coded VL/WQ 707NAS

848Sq /ZK landed on mv Astronomer in Plymouth Sound 7 J+

Returned via Devonport late July 1982 and transferred b+

02apr90 in my flying log as 84Sqn RAF Akrotiri

to HMS Sultan (AESS Gosport) as G.I A2641; to Predannac+

- XS498: to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon autumn 2000. Some par+
    wa176 hu.5 1964     XS507: ex FAA Wessex HU.5. To 606Sq (Royal Aux AF) for Helicopter +
Royal Navy XS507: dd 27/08/1964, 707Sq/W-CU by 1965, still Jun 1967 still+

Cat 4 damage 04Aug78 with airframe hours of 3132:05; Re+

Royal Marines XS507: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XU

847Sq /XU noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlanti+

Royal Navy XS507: 847 Squadron Coded XU noted RNAS Yeovilton 07May82; 707+
    wa186 hu.5 1964     XS517: Became HC5C on 84 Sqn RAF in RAF Akrotiri and had a diamond +
Royal Navy XS517: Royal Navy Wessex HU.5C d/d 1964; scr Gosport 2002

jan79 coded VL/WV 707NAS

07May82 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded WV of 848Squadron

31jul82 pictured coded ZC of 707Squadron at RNAS Yeovil+
    wa187 hu.5 1964     XS518: to RAF mid 1984. crashed into sea in Limassol Bay with 84 Sq+
Royal Navy XS518: Westland Wessex HU.5C, c/n WA187, f/f:?; del Royal Navy+

Royal Marines XS518: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XP

847Sq /XP noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlanti+
    wa193 hc.2 1965     XS674: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA193, f/f: 16/02/1965; del Royal +
    wa194 hc.2 1965     XS675: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA194, f/f: 05/02/1965; del Royal +
- XS675: 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
    wa195 hc.2 1965     XS676: First flew 15 Feb 1965 as HC.2, delivered 24 Mar 1965. Event+
Uruguayan Navy 083: To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.

w/o mar01 crash at sea during a rescue
    wa196 hc.2 1965     XS677: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA196, f/f: 15/03/1965; del Royal +
    wa197 hc.2 1965     XS678: Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 19mar65, d/d RAF 02apr65
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XS678: w/o 19mar76 with ETPS; front fuselage to Hawker de Havi+

Royal Air Force of Oman XS678: seconded to Sultan of Oman Air Force as XS678, unk
    wa198 hc.2 1965     XS679: RAF HC.2 f/f 28apr65 as HC.2, d/d 05may65; 18 Sq/BP by Sep 1+
Uruguayan Navy 084: To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
    wa241 has.3 1965     XT257: 1 SoTT RAF Halton by Apr 1982, to 8719M at Halton by Aug 198+
Royal Navy XT257: Westland Wessex HAS.3 pre-production, WA241, f/f 09/05/+

Ministry of Defence (MoD) XT257: converted to HAS.3 prototype while on HAS.1 line, Westl+

- XT257: pres. East Grinstead by Oct 1998, still 2003; to Bourne+
    wa285 hu.5 1965     XT463: RAF; 30mar93 pictured as HC type with 78 Sqn on the ramp at +
Royal Navy XT463: Royal Navy Wessex HU.5 d/d 07sep65; to AEES Gosport fo+

dd 7 Sep 1965, 845 Sq/R-B by May 1966; 848 Sq/VS-B by +

to Fleetlands by Nov 1982, for conv to HU.5C for RAF

to AESS Gosport by Oct 1996; to Predannack by Oct 1999.

- XT463: to Air and Ground aviation, Hixon autumn 2000
    wa291 hu.5 1965     XT469: to RAF as /8920M; 17jul92 pictured (bot) preserved at RAF S+
Royal Navy XT469: RN Wessex HU.5; d/d Nov 1965,  848Sq/E-A; 847 Sq/E-S b+

Royal Marines XT469: 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /E

Royal Navy XT469: Jun78 pictured (top) as 772Sq /PO-14 at Portland

Royal Navy XS469: noted at RAF Brize Norton 15oct78 coded 514-PO with 77+

Royal Navy XT469: 22jul79 still coded 514-PO with 772NAS

Royal Marines XT469: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XN

847Sq /XN noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlanti+

- XT469: 22nov13 Its on e-bay for £12500

Dec14 at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. Initially in a yar+

21sep15 is for sale on Ream Salvage for 11000,00£

21oct16 still at Isle of Wight. Local newspaper County +
    wa301 hu.5 1966     XT479: 1993 84 Sqn RAF as HC5C with spade badge on tail, Akrotiri, +
Royal Navy XT479: Royal Navy Wessex HU.5 d/d Apr66; stored near Pafos, C+

Jan79 coded 707Sqn VL/WX

845 Sq/B, part of disembarking shuttle from HMS Invinci+
    wa528 hc.2 1966     XT601: 29jul92 pictured as SAR type with 22 Sqd A Flight at RAF Chi+
    wa529 hc.2 1967     XT602: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA529, f/f: 08/06/1966; del Royal +
    wa530 hc.2 1966     XT603: First flew 10 Jun 1966 as HC.2, delivered 29 Jun 1966. Event+
Uruguayan Navy 085: To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
    wa531 hc.2 1966     XT604: ff 7 Jul 1966, dd 2 Aug 1966 to RAF. Wessex HAR.2  78Sq+
m lindsey XT604: To Air & Ground Aviation (Staffordshire). Acquired +

preserved at East Midlands Aeropark
    wa532 hc.2 1966     XT605: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA532, f/f: 20/07/1966; del Royal +
Uruguayan Air Force 072: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT605
    wa533 hc.2 1966     XT606: RAF Wessex HC.2; 1995 2FTS./WL
- XT606: 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
    wa534 hc.2 1966     XT607: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA534, f/f 08sep66; del Royal Air +
    wa535 hc.2 1966     XT667: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA535, f/f: 23/09/1966; del Royal +
    wa536 hc.2 1966     XT668: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA536, f/f: 06/10/1966; del Royal +
Uruguayan Air Force 078: FAU d/d 2003; ex RAF XT668
    wa537 hc.2 1966     XT669: Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 21oct66 d/d Royal Air Force 26nov6+
    wa538 hc.2 1966     XT670: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA538, f/f: 07/11/1966; del Royal +
    wa539 hc.2 1966     XT671: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA539, f/f: 21/11/1966; del Royal +
    wa540 hc.2 1966     XT672: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA540, f/f: 23/11/1966; del Royal +
    wa541 hc.2 1966     XT673: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA541, f/f: 14/12/1966; del Royal +
Uruguayan Air Force 074: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT673
    wa542 hc.2 1966     XT674: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA542, f/f: 10/01/1967; del Royal +
    wa543 hc.2 1966     XT675: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA543, f/f: 24/01/1967; del Royal +
Uruguayan Air Force 073: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT675
    wa544 hc.2     XT676: RAF; 2003 to Uruguay as 079
Uruguayan Air Force 079: FAU d/d 2003; ex RAF XT676
    wa545 hc.2 1967     XT677: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA545, f/f: 13/02/1967; del Royal +
    wa546 hc.2 1967     XT678: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA546, f/f: 26/02/1967; del Royal +
Uruguayan Air Force 075: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT678
    wa547 hc.2 1967     XT679: ff 8 Mar 1967, dd 31 Mar 1967. w/o 12 Nov 1970 with HOCF as +
    wa548 hc.2 1967     XT680: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA548, f/f: 20/03/1967; del Royal +
- XT680: 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
    wa549 hc.2 1967     XT681: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA549, f/f: 17/04/1967; del Royal +
    wa614 hc.2 1967     XV719: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA614, f/f:?; del Royal Air Force +
    wa615 hc.2 1967     XV720: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA615, f/f:?; del Royal Air Force +
- XV720: Arrived May 2014 at LaserGaming near Abingdon.

14feb15 Laser Gaming, High Ropes Oxford
    wa616 hc.2 1967     XV721: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA616, f/f:?; del Royal Air Force +
Uruguayan Air Force 080: FAU d/d 2003; ex RAF XV721
    wa617 hc.2 1967     XV722: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA617, f/f: 19/01/1968; del Royal +
    wa618 hc.2 1968     XV723: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA618, f/f 08jan68; del Royal Air +
Uruguayan Air Force 077: FAU d/d 2002; ex RAF XV723
    wa619 hc.2 1968     XV724: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA619, f/f: 22/02/1968; del Royal +
    wa620 hc.2 1968     XV725: RAF type:HC.2; 1983 72Sqn./C
    wa621 hc.2 1968     XV726: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA621, f/f: 21/03/1968; del Royal +
    wa622 hc.2 1968     XV727: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA622, f/f: 22/04/1968; del Royal +
    wa623 hc.2 1968     XV728: f/f 25 Apr 1968, d/d 10 May 1968 to RAF. To 18 Sq, to CFS, t+
newark air museum XV728: Sold Jun 1998 from DARA Fleetlands to Newark Air M+
    wa624 hc.2 1968     XV729: Wessex HC.2, c/n WA624, f/f 14/05/1968, d/d 31/05/1968, to G+
    wa625 hc.2 1968     XV730: Wessex HC.2, c/n WA625, f/f 22/05/1968, d/d 06/06/1968, depa+
- XV730: 2011 pictured on right of XT680 stored at Taranaki, New+
    wa626 hc.2 1968     XV731: Wessex HC.2, WA626, f/f 13/06/1968, d/d 03/07/1968, stored R+
    wa627 hcc.4 1969     XV732: First flew 17 Mar 1969, delivered 25 Jun 1969 to RAF for the+
    wa628 hcc.4 1969     XV733: First flew 13 May 1969, delivered 30 Jun 1969 to RAF for t+
- XV733: Purchased by The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare i+

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