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18 squadron Royal Air Force

18 squadron
Formed on 11 May 1915, 18 Squadron saw service in both World Wars. After distinguished service during the Berlin Airlift and a period as V Bomber unit, rotary wing operations commenced in Feb 1964 when it reformed at RAF Odiham, with the Wessex HC.2 in the Army support role. The unit served in the UK, Germany and Cyprus disbanding in Germany on 30 Nov 1980.

It was reformed in Aug 1981 with Chinook HC.1s and provided an intensive airlift from RNAS Culdrose to the Operation Corporate Task Force, before both went on to serve in the Falkands. A period in Germany followed, which included operation of the Puma HC.1 alongside its Chinooks before returning to RAF Odiham in 1997 and handing its Pumas on to 33 Squadron. 18 Squadron is committed to Joint Helicopter Command.

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HMS Ocean Departs for BALTOPS 2016, 02-Jun-16 : The Royal Navy’s Flagship HMS Ocean (L12) departed Devonport to take part in NATO exercise BALTOPS 2016 in the Baltic Sea with 16 allied and partner nations.


Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1997/nowRAF OdihamEGVO
1992/96DE Laarbruch / NiederrheinEDUL
1991SA Ras-al-Ghar
1991SA King Khaled Air BaseOERY
1983/92DE GüterslohETUO
1981/83RAF OdihamEGVO
1970/80DE GüterslohETUO
1968/69Acklington
1965/68DE GüterslohETUO
1964/65RAF OdihamEGVO
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YearsModels
1995/now414 - H-47D Chinook
1992/94sa330 puma
1981/95CH-47C Chinook
1964/80Wessex HC.2







Construction Numbers for . / 18Sq / 18 Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa289 hu.5 1965 8922M : to RAF Gutersloh Jan 1987 (painted up as XR504 18Sq/BF by Jun 1987) for BD+
Royal Navy XT467 : Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA289, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XT467, 10/1965; +
: 845Sq/G-B by Mar 1966 still Sep 1968. 781Sq by Feb 1970, 707Sq/WY-VL by Ju+
: RN HU.5 noted 25jul79 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 525-CU with 771NAS
: 771Sq /525-CU, participated in Fastnet Race rescue on 13-14 Aug 1979
: 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 still Jul 2009 still +
13375 sycamore 1955 XG521 : HR.14 dd Nov 1955. crashed and w/o 13 Oct 1961 at RAF Aldergrove, while s+
13384 sycamore 1956 XG544 : Built at Filton, dd 14 Dec 1956, 275 Sq Feb 1957, 72 Sq Oct 1961, 118 Sq O+
- XG544 : Flew into Barton Pines on 11 Aug 1972 as one of founding exhibits at the T+
wa127 hc.2 1963 XR502 : RAF; 1975 18Sqn./BL
wa130 hc.2 1963 XR505 : First flew 1 Oct 1963, delivered 18 Oct 1963 . SRCU/N by 1964, 18 Sq/BS +
Uruguayan Navy 081 : To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
: On July 2009 participated on Southern Partnership Station 09 aboard USS Oa+
: 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 Feb 1970; 72 +
- - : Jan13 pictured on sale on ebay by jetartaviation.co.uk
wa132 hc.2 1963 XR507 : Noted at AAC Hildesheim 17jun80 when coded BJ with 18Sqn
wa134 hc.2 1963 XR509 : ff 13 Dec 1963, dd 6 Jan 1964 . 18 Sq/N by Apr 1965 still Jun 1968. w/o 16+
wa198 hc.2 1965 XS679 : RAF HC.2 f/f 28apr65 as HC.2, d/d 05may65; 18 Sq/BP by Sep 1976 still Jul +
: 08sep80 pictured (top) as 18 Sq/BP at Gutersloh, Germany during Reforger +
Uruguayan Navy 084 : To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
wa615 hc.2 1967 XV720 : late 60s, was ( initially ? ) with 18 Sqn RAF, coded T Also, Robin Hood/Do+
- XV720 : Arrived May 2014 at LaserGaming near Abingdon.
: 14feb15 Laser Gaming, High Ropes Oxford
wa616 hc.2 1967 XV721 : 05jul70 as 18Sqn /K at Wildenrath open day
Uruguayan Air Force 080 : FAU d/d 2003, ex RAF XV721
wa617 hc.2 1967 XV722 : late 1960s, as 18Sqn /U
wa620 hc.2 1968 XV725 : late 1960s, coded A ( initially ? ) with 18 Sqn
wa623 hc.2 1968 XV728 : f/f 25 Apr 1968, d/d 10 May 1968 to RAF. To 18 Sq, to CFS, to 2FTS by 1981+
: 18Sqn /W
newark air museum XV728 : Sold Jun 1998 from DARA Fleetlands to Newark Air Museum and arrived b+
1074 sa330e 1971 XW204 : RAF Puma HC1 Fairey c/n F.9751 ; in 1995 18Sqn.
1129 sa330e 1971 XW216 : 33 Sq/CL by 1989 still 1990; BFME/F by 1991; 33 Sq/CL by 1992; 230 Sq by 1+
1139 sa330e 1971 XW218 : Repaired; 230 Sq /DT by May 1984 still 1992; 18 Sq/BW by 1993 still 1996;+
: 1995 18Sqn /BW; 2007 33Sqn.
1157 sa330e 1972 XW222 : RAF Puma HC.1; 1991 230Sqn /DF desert c/s; 1992 18Sqn /BX; 1993 18Sqn /BX;+
1166 sa330e 1972 XW224 : RAF Puma HC11; 1982 230Sqn /DH; 1990 230Sqn /DH; jul91 230Sqn /DH; 1994 18+
1170 sa330e 1972 XW225 : 1997 asg 18Sqn based at Laarbruch / Niederrhein, Germany
1175 sa330e 1972 XW226 : 230 Sq /DK by May 1984 still Jun 1987 still 1990; BFME/T by 1991; 230 Sq /+
1216 sa330e 1972 XW236 : RAF Puma HC1; 1983 33Sqn./CQ; 1993 18Sqn./BZ; 1994 33Sqn.; 2003 33Sqn.; 20+
1199 ht.3 1974 XW902 : RAF Gazelle HT.3 built by Westland.; 1994 18Sqn./H; 1995 18Sqn./H
- G-CGJY : private, Feb10-Dec13
- G-RBIL : private, from Dec13
: 01apr17 flown over Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK
b-812 ch-47c 1980 ZA670 : 18Sq/BS, ferrying stores from Culdrose to Operation Corporate Task Force a+
: RAF Chinook HC1; apr82 18Sqn /BS; aug82 18Sqn /BS; 1983 7Sqn /EY; 1993 18S+
Boeing Helicopters N37010 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA670
M.7032 ch-47d 1980 ZA670 : RAF Chinook HC2 cnvt. from ex Chinook HC1 b-812; 1995 18Sqn./BF; 2007 18/2+
M.7007 ch-47d 1980 ZA671 : RAF Chinook HC2 cnvt. from ex Chinook HC.1 b-815;1994 18Sqn./BB
b-819 ch-47c 1980 ZA672 : RAF Chinook HC.1, MA003; 1982 240 OCU /FF; 1983 7Sqn /EX; 1987 18Sqn /BH
Boeing Helicopters N37015 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA672
b-820 ch-47c ZA673 : RAF Chinook HC1; 1982 240 OCU /FG; 1986 18Sqn /BQ; 1993 18Sqn /BF; cnvt. t+
Boeing Helicopters N37016 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA673
b-822 ch-47c ZA675 : 1986 18Sqn /BB
Boeing Helicopters N37020 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA675
b-827 ch-47c 1980 ZA679 : 18Sq/BV, ferrying stores from Culdrose to Operation Corporate Task Force a+
Boeing Helicopters N37025 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA679
b-831 ch-47c ZA682 : RAF Chinook HC1; 1987 18Sqn /BN
Boeing Helicopters N37029 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA682
b-835 ch-47c 1981 ZA705 : RAF Chinook HC1; Apr82 18Sqn./BU; 1983 7Sqn./EZ; c/n MA017, Boeing test s+
: 18Sq /BU landed on mv Contender Bezant in Plymouth Sound, 20 May 1982 for +
Boeing Helicopters N37035 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA705
b-836 ch-47c 1981 ZA706 : RAF Chinook HC1; MA018; ex N37037; dd 06oct81; 18sqn w/o 25may82 sinking A+
: 18Sq/BT, ferrying stores from Culdrose to Operation Corporate Task Force a+
: w/o 25 May 1982 lost in South Atlantic as 18 Sq/BT, when mv Atlantic Conve+
Boeing Helicopters N37037 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA706
b-837 ch-47c ZA707 : 18 Sq/BP. Disembarked mv Atlantic Conveyor at Ascension Island on 5 May 19+
Boeing Helicopters N37040 : Boeing Vertol RAF Chinook HC1 ZA707
b-838 ch-47c 1981 ZA708 : 18Sq/BP, ferrying stores from Culdrose to Operation Corporate Task Force a+
Boeing Helicopters N37042 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA708
M.7018 ch-47d ZA708 : RAF Chinook HC2 cnvt. from ex Chinook HC1 b-838; 1995 /BC 18Sqn
b-840 ch-47c 1981 ZA709 : ex N37043 to UK Dec 1981; dd 9 Dec 1981 18Sq by Sep 1982;1310 Flt /A by 1+
Boeing Helicopters N37043 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA709
M.7028 ch-47d 1994 ZA709 : 7Sq /EQ by Mar 1997, still Jan 1999; 18Sq /EQ by May 2000; 27Sq by 2004; 7+
Boeing Helicopters M.7028 : conv to HC.2 at Philadelphia 1994-95
b-841 ch-47c 1981 ZA710 : 18Sq /BC recovered damaged Harrier GR.3 XZ133/10 to Culdrose on 16 Sep 198+
Boeing Helicopters N37044 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA710
b-842 ch-47c ZA711 : RAF Chinook HC1; Apr82 18Sqn./BR; 1983 7Sqn./ET; 1993 18Sqn./BT; cnvt. to +
Boeing Helicopters N37046 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA711
M.7016 ch-47d ZA712 : 30jul15 pictured (pic2) at RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2015 in 18 Sq 100 years a+
b-844 ch-47c 1981 ZA713 : RAF Chinook HC1; Ex N37048, d/d 30dec81 Fleetlands by Mar82; May82 /BJ +
: 18Sq /BJ landed on mv Contender Bezant in Plymouth Sound, 20 May 1982 for +
Boeing Helicopters N37048 : Boeing-Vertol toward ZA713
M.7013 ch-47d 1981 ZA713 : RAF Chinook HC2 cnvt. from ex Chinook HC1 b-844; DARA by 2005; 18 Sqd by l+
b-845 ch-47c ZA714 : 18Sq /BH landed on mv Astronomer in Plymouth Sound 7 Jun 1982, for South A+
Boeing Helicopters N37051 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA714
M.7005 ch-47d ZA714 : RAF Chinook HC2 cnvt. from ex Chinook HC1 b-845; 1994 18Sqn./BA
: 16sep94 18Sqn /BA
: 09jul16 asg 18Sq pictured (pic3) at RIAT 2016
b-846 ch-47c 1982 ZA715 : RAF Chinook HC1 MA027; ex N37052; 1983 18Sqn/BL; 1310 Flight w/o 13may86
: 18Sq /BL landed on mv Contender Bezant in Plymouth Sound, 20 May 1982 for +
Boeing Helicopters N37052 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA715
b-847 ch-47c 1981 ZA716 : RAF Chinook HC1; MA028; ex N37053; dd 20jan82; 18sqn w/o 25may82 sinking A+
: 18Sq/BQ, ferrying stores from Culdrose to Operation Corporate Task Force a+
: w/o 25 May 1982 lost in South Atlantic as 18 Sq/BQ, when mv Atlantic Conve+
Boeing Helicopters N37053 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA716
b-848 ch-47c 1982 ZA717 : 18Sq /BK landed on mv Contender Bezant in Plymouth Sound, 20 May 1982 for +
: Fleetlands by Mar 1982, 18 Sq/BK May 1982, Chin Det until Mar 1983, 1310 F+
Boeing Helicopters N37056 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA717
b-849 ch-47c ZA718 : 18 Sq/BN by Mar 1982. Embarked mv Atlantic Conveyor from HMS Drake on 25 A+
Boeing Helicopters N37058 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA718
b-850 ch-47c 1982 ZA719 : RAF Chinook HC1; MA031; ex N37059; dd 22mar82; 18sqn w/o 25may82 sinking A+
: w/o 25 May 1982 lost in South Atlantic as 18 Sq/BM, when mv Atlantic Conve+
Boeing Helicopters N37059 : Boeing Vertol toward ZA719
1622 sa330e 1980 ZA934 : RAF Puma HC1; 1994 18Sqn./BX; 2003 33Sqn./BZ
b-867 ch-47c ZD575 : RAF Chinook HC1; 1985 240OCU./FF; 1993 18Sqn./BL; cnvt. to Chinook HC2 M.7+
Boeing Helicopters N37078 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD575
b-868 ch-47c 1984 ZD576 : RAF Chinook HC1; Ex N37079 ff 1984; arr UK Dec 1984; dd to RAF 22 Dec 1984+
Boeing Helicopters N37079 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD576
b-873 ch-47c ZD981 : RAF Chinook HC1; 1987 /BD 18Sqn; 25jul91 pictured with Desert Storm/Operat+
Boeing Helicopters N37083 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD981
b-874 ch-47c ZD982 : RAF Chinook HC1; MA039; 25jul93 pictured as BI/ 18 Sqd at RAF Fairford ; +
Boeing Helicopters N37085 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD982
b-875 ch-47c ZD983 : RAF Chinook HC1 in 1987 /BF 18Sqn. ; cnvt to Chinook HC2 M.7022
: Nov.91 pictured as HC.1 type /BF 18sqd visiting local ATC Cadets, Wimbledo+
Boeing Helicopters N37086 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD983
b-876 ch-47c ZD984 : RAF Chinook HC1 ex N37088; 1986 18Sqn /BE; cnvt. to Chinook HC2 M.7015
Boeing Helicopters N37088 : Boeing Vertol toward ZD984
M.4454 ch-47d 1997 ZH891 : 78Sq (F.I.) by 2004; 18 Sq by Dec 2005; /HF by Jul 2008, 1310 Flt/HF by Ma+
Boeing Helicopters N20075 : Boeing toward ZH891
M.4458 ch-47d ZH895 : RAF Chinook HC.2; conv HC.2A; HJ; 02jul11 with 18Sqn pictured (top) wearin+
Boeing Helicopters N2034K : Boeing toward ZH895
59 serials found for . / 18Sq, 18 Sq

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11-sep-17oct-17AI Hurricanes Irma, Jose and Maria Relief Operations
08-feb-0312-jun-03IQ Operation Telic
06-jan-9115-mar-91IQ Operation Desert Shield/Storm
02-apr-8217-jun-82 Operation Corporate
31-oct-5606-nov-56EG Operation Musketeer

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