united kingdom 707 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


707 NAS : 707 naval air squadron

1945 to 1995    




Tail Codes
CU 1964/72
VL 1972/95
707 squadron
Aug 1945 saw 707 Squadron at RNAS Worthy Down (HMS Kestrel) as a test pilot training squadron, with a detatchment at RNAS Burscough (HMS Ringtail) conducting radar trials. Re-formed 9 Dec 1964 at RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk) as a Commando Advanced Flying Training Unit with Wessex from the recently disbanded 700(V) Squadron and personnel from 847 Squadron which had recently handed back its Whirlwinds. In May 1966, 707 Squadron had 13 Wessex HU.5 and in Mar 1967 was involved in the clean-up operations when the Liberian oil tanker, Torrey Canyon hit the Seven Stones off Lands End. In May 1972 it had moved to RNAS Yeovilton (HMS Heron).
At Yeovilton, it took on a Search and Rescue commitment and between Jul and Dec 1974 operated the Red Dragon Flight whilst His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales  was undergoing type conversion to the Wessex HU.5. In Apr 1982, 707 Squadron embarked for the South Atlantic and made up the nucleus of the reforming 848 Squadron. The unit side codes changed at this time from W- to Z-.  The Sea King HC.4 began to arrive in Oct 1983 and its Wessex were transferred to 771 Squadron from Apr 1985 but before they had all left, one example was detached to assist in the final pre-commissioning trials of the recently launched HMS Ark Royal. It again formed the core of 848 Squadron for its 1991 Gulf War deployment. Between Oct 1993 and Mar 1994 a 3 aircraft Z Flight was detatched to RAF Aldergrove (EGAA). It disbanded in Feb 1995, when it again formed the core of a new 848 Squadron.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1993/94JHCFS AldergroveEGAA
1972/95RNAS YeoviltonEGDY
1964/72RNAS CuldroseEGDR
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YearsModels
1983/95Sea King HC.4
1964/85wessex


Construction Numbers for 707Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa153 hu.5 1963 XS479 : f/f 17 Nov 1963, d/d 3 Dec 1963 to RN. 1st production HU.5. 700Sq 700V IFT+
Royal Marines XS479 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XF
: 847Sq /XF noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa154 hu.5 1963 XS480 : 845Sq/C-A by Sep 1972, 845Sq/C-H by Sep 1973, 846Sq/VZ by Jan 1977, 845Sq/+
wa155 hu.5 1963 XS481 : 848Sq /C-B by 1969; 707Sq /WZ-CU by Sep71; 707Sq /WZ-VL by Sep73 still Aug+
wa156 hu.5 1963 XS482 : 700V Sq/D by Jan 1964, 848Sq/D-A by May 1964. 707Sq/D by Nov 1967, A&AEE D+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XS482 : /D-A at RAE Farnborough Apprentice School by Apr 1986. To CTE Manston 24 N+
wa160 hu.5 1964 XS486 : 848Sq/G Apr 1964, 707Sq/V-CU by Dec 1964, 707Sq/S-CU by Oct 1966 still Feb+
: 848Sq A Flt/WW Apr 1982 to Jul 1982, 707Sq /WW by Jul 1982, 707Sq/ZH by Se+
wa161 hu.5 1964 XS487 : 848Sq/H-CU by Jun 1964, 707Sq/U-CU by Jan 1965, w/o 7 Apr 1965 after it hi+
wa162 hu.5 1964 XS488 : 707Sq/X-CU by Jan 1965; 707Sq/T-CU by Dec 1966, still Jul 1970; 845Sq/E-B +
: Repaired at Weston by summer 1979; 772Sq/625-PO by Aug 1981; to RNAY Wroug+
Royal Marines XS488 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XK
: 847Sq /XK noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
- XS488 : 21sep13 at a residential address in Shropshire
Gunsmoke Paintball XS488 : Airframe has been extensively patched during BDRT and the main fuselage is+
wa172 hu.5 1964 XS498 : Wessex HU5C. d/d to RN 1964, 848Sq/T-A by 1965, 845Sq, 847 Sq/C-S by 1969+
: Returned via Devonport late July 1982 and transferred back to 707Sq; At RN+
Royal Marines XS498 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /C
Royal Air Force XS498 : To RAF 84 Sq /Joker by 1991
- XS498 : to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon autumn 2000. Some parts used in XT601.
wa173 hu.5 1964 XS499 : dd Jun 1964, 707Sq/Z-CU by Dec 1964, Arctic trials aboard RFA Regent Oct 1+
wa176 hu.5 1964 XS507 : dd 27/08/1964, 707Sq/W-CU by 1965, still Jun 1967 still 1969, 845Sq/C by S+
: 847 Squadron Coded XU noted RNAS Yeovilton 07May82; 707 squadron coded ZG +
Royal Marines XS507 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XU
: 847Sq /XU noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
Royal Air Force XS507 : ex FAA Wessex HU.5. To 606Sq (Royal Aux AF) for Helicopter Support traini+
: May 2011 pictured with 606 (Chiltern) Sq RAFR at RAF Benson
wa177 hu.5 1964 XS508 : 772Squadron coded 627.PO noted RNAS Portland 02Sep81; 707Squadron coded ZE+
wa178 hu.5 1964 XS509 : returned to airworthiness at RNAY Fleetlands from Jul 1970; 707Sq/WP-VL by+
: 1979 707Sq VL/WP
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XS509 : ETPS by Mar 1982 still May 1984 still 1990. Sold Feb 1998.
: 25jul91 pictured as Wessex HU.5 ETPS at RAF Odiham during families day
: 13+14jun92 ETPS at ATI 92
- ZK-HVK : New Zealand private; w/o 12feb01 during logging operations near Motueka, +
wa186 hu.5 1964 XS517 : 31jul82 pictured coded ZC of 707Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton; The yellow and+
Royal Air Force XS517 : Became HC5C on 84 Sqn RAF in RAF Akrotiri and had a diamond emblem on the +
wa191 hu.5 1965 XS522 : d/d 3 Feb 1965, 707Sq Olna Flt/347-ON Dec 1975 to Jan 1977, 707Sq Tidepool+
wa272 hu.5 1965 XT450 : 707Sq/U-CU by Jul 1965 still 1971, 781Sq/(818) by Jul 1972 still Apr 1979,+
wa274 hu.5 1965 XT452 : HU.5 built at Yeovil. d/d 4 May 1965. 707Sq/Q by Feb 1966, Culdrose store +
bangladesh air force WA274 : ex UK RN XT452. In service late 1973. w/o 30 Sep 1976.
wa278 hu.5 1965 XT456 : 707Sq/N by Aug 1965, 845Sq/N-B by Sep 1965 still May 1966, 845 Sq/N-A by J+
Royal Marines XT456 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XZ
wa280 hu.5 1965 XT458 : 707Sq/Y-CU by Jul 1966, 707Sq/WY-CU by Jul 1971, 707Sq/WY-VL by May 1972, +
wa285 hu.5 1965 XT463 : dd 7 Sep 1965, 845 Sq/R-B by May 1966; 848 Sq/VS-B by Sep 1974; 707Sq /WZ+
Royal Air Force XT463 : RAF; 30mar93 pictured as HC type with 78 Sqn on the ramp at RAF Akrotiri, +
: 84Sq /Ace of Clubs by Mar 1985. Returned to UK Oct 1995 to Shawbury store.
: 1990-1993, worked on her, was not 78 Sqn but 84 Sqn
- XT463 : to Air and Ground aviation, Hixon autumn 2000
wa289 hu.5 1965 XT467 : 845Sq/G-B by Mar 1966 still Sep 1968. 781Sq by Feb 1970, 707Sq/WY-VL by Ju+
Royal Air Force 8922M : to RAF Gutersloh Jan 1987 (painted up as XR504 18Sq/BF by Jun 1987) for BD+
Everett Aero XT467 : Everett Aero, Sproughton by Mar 2003 still Feb 2004
Gunsmoke Paintball XT467 : Gunsmoke Paintball site Hadliegh Suffolk by Nov 2006 still Jul 2009 still +
wa293 hu.5 1965 XT471 : Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 19 Jan 1966,  847 Sq/F-S by 1969, Fleetlands 1976, +
Royal Marines XT471 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /F
: reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XW
: 847Sq /XW noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa295 hu.5 1965 XT473 : HU.5, RNAY Fleetlands Feb 1966, 707Sq by Sep 1972, 848Sq/VQ-B by Jun 1973 +
wa300 hu.5 1966 XT478 : 707Sq/V by Jun 1966, 707Sq/WV-VL by May 1972. To Bangladesh AF1973.
bangladesh air force WA300 : ex UK RN XT478. In service late 1973. wfu 1994.
wa301 hu.5 1966 XT479 : Jan79 coded 707Sqn VL/WX
Royal Air Force XT479 : 1993 84 Sqn RAF as HC5C with spade badge on tail, Akrotiri, Cyprus
wa303 hu.5 1966 XT481 : d/d 4 May 1966 as HU.5; 707Sq/Z by Jul 1971; 848Sq/VQ by Aug 1976; 845Sq+
Royal Marines XT481 : Transferred in from an 848Sq attrition reserve at Navy Point as 847 Sq/XF +
wa304 hu.5 1966 XT482 : d/d 5 May 1966 to RN as HU.5. To Culdrose 8 Jun 1966, 707Sq/Q by Jun 1967 +
: 27sep88 pictured coded /ZM 781Squadron (ex 707Sqn) at RNAS Lee-on-Solent. +
Royal Marines XT482 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XL
wa478 hu.5 1966 XT756 : RNAY Fleetlands store 1966, 707Sq/WM-VL by Jul 1973 still Aug 1978.
: 707Sq/ZJ by Oct 1982 still May 1984, to Lee-on-Solent as GI by 1993, scrap+
: RN; 1985 707Sqn./ZJ
wa482 hu.5 1966 XT760 : Wessex HU.5 d/d 10 Oct 1966, 847 Sq/A-S by 1969, 846Sq/VS-B by Jul 1979. F+
Royal Marines XT760 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /A
wa485 hu.5 1966 XT763 : Used Jan-Apr 1967 in a joint NARIU and 707Sq equipment trial, 845 Sq/T-B b+
wa552 hu.5 1967 XT770 : 781Sq by Apr 1969, to Fleetlands by Dec 1969 for VIP mods, 781Sq/(818 ?) b+
wa555 hu.5 1967 XT773 : del into long term storage, spending time between Fleetlands, Lee and Wrou+
Royal Marines XT773 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XT
: 847Sq /XT noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa 905 hc.4 1979 ZA291 : RN; 1985 846Sqn./VB; 1994 707Sqn./ZX; 1995 707Sqn./ZX; 2000 848Sqn./ZX
wa 907 hc.4 1979 ZA293 : RN; 1985 846Sqn /VK; 1990 846Sqn /VP; 1994 707Sqn /ZT; jul00 848Sqn /ZO; 2+
wa 909 hc.4 ZA295 : RN; 1985 707Sqn./ZC; 1994 707Sqn./ZU; 2000 848Sqn./ZR
Vector Aerospace ZA295 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 20apr16; stored as /U
wa 913 hc.4 1981 ZA299 : RN; 1985 707Sqn /ZD; 1994 707Sqn /ZZ; jul00 848Sqn /ZT; 2004 845Sqn /D; 20+
Vector Aerospace ZA299 : Vector Aerospace at Fleetlands, noted 20apr16; stored as /D
wa 914 hc.4 1981 ZA310 : RN; 1985 707Sqn /ZS; 1987 846Sqn /VS; 1990 846Sqn /VQ; 1994 707Sqn /ZY; 19+
wa 916 hc.4 1981 ZA312 : RN; 1985 707Sqn /ZB; 1994 707Sqn /ZS; jul00 848Sqn /ZS; 2007 848Sqn
: 846Sq/VW by Jul 1982; 707Sq/ZB by 1986; 707Sq/ZT by 1988; 845Sq/B-R by Nov+
wa 931 hc.4 1983 ZD476 : RN from 1984; 1985 707Sqn./ZA; jul2000 848Sqn./ZU; 2003 848Sqn./WU; 2007 8+
: 707Sq/ZA by Aug 1984 still 1986;707Sq/ZS by 1988; 846 Sq/VJ by Jan 1991;84+
- ZD476 : 05mar16 for sale by witham sv. Mod sales.com with no engines
wa 934 hc.4 1984 ZD479 : RN; 1985 707Sqn /ZE; 1992 707Sqn /ZS; 2000 848Sqn /ZV; 2007 848Sqn /WQ
wa 936 hc.4 1984 ZD625 : RN; 1985 707Sqn /ZF; 1989 707Sqn /ZX; 1992 707Sqn /ZZ; 1993 707Sqn /ZZ; 20+
- ZD625 : 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY
wa 937 hc.4 1984 ZD626 : dd RN 5 Jun 1984; 707Sq/ZG by 1986; 707Sq/ZY by 1988,
: RN; 1992 707Sqn /ZY; 1995 707Sqn /ZZ; 2000 848Sqn /ZZ
wa 953 hc.4 1985 ZE426 : RN; 1992 846Sqn /VO; 1994 707Sqn /ZW; 1996 846Sqn /VI; 2000 848Sqn /ZW; 20+
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25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen



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