Formed on 7 Nov 1915, has operated largely as an Army Co-operation unit. Spent much of its life in the Middle and Far East, it commenced helicopter operations in Mar 1968 with the Whirlwind HAR.10. In 1972, the unit converted to the Wessex HC.2 and moved to Sek Kong (VHSK) until its closure in Jan 1997 and then at Kai Tak (VHKT) to Jun 1997 when it disbanded. The unit was officially reformed at RAF Benson (EGUB) on 17 Jul 2001 with the Merlin HC.3, although it had received its first airframe on 7 Mar 2001. 28(AC) Squadron is committed to Joint Helicopter Command.
A flight of 28(AC) Squadron was detached to form 1419 (Tactical Support) Flight in 2005 and sent to southern Iraq.
Merlins from 28(AC) Squadron were sent to Afghanistan in Nov 2009 and the last operational flight was on 31 May 2013.
On July 2015, handed over the Merlin to the Royal Navy Commando Helicopter Force and re-roled as 28 (Reserve) Squadron as an OCU unit training Chinook Mk4/6 and Puma Mk2 helicopters crews
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Puma and Chinook Operational Conversion Unit
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Chinooks Arrive At RAF Benson, 23-Oct-15 : Royal Air Force Chinook helicopters and around 150 personnel moved to RAF Benson as the Chinook Mk4/6 Operational Conversion Flight joined their Puma HC.2 colleagues.
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|wa 95||har.2||1955|| XJ724 : 228Sq by Sep 1963 |
|wa125||hc.2||1963|| XR500 : Flew her 28Sqn at Kai Tak 2nd and 4th April 1974. I was with 38Grp STANU, + |
|wa144||hc.2||1964|| XR522 : ff 22 Apr 1964, dd 1 May 1964 . 78 Sq/O by 1965, HOCF/BW by Sep 1970, 84 S+ || 071 : FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XR522; Gate Guardian Grupo 1 FAU at Carrasco air bas+ |
|50099||hc.3||2000|| ZJ121 : RAF; 2007 28Sqn./E || ZJ121 : RN 846Sqn; 19jul15 pictured (bot) at RIAT 2015 |
: 08jan16 846Sqn./E at Nantes direction South
: 08jan16 846Sqn./E at Bordeaux direction Spain
: HC.3i type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar, with ZJ129.
: 846 NAS/E deployed to Gibraltar Aug 2016
|50129||hc.3||2000|| ZJ123 : RAF Merlin HC.3 28Sqn/G; Jun09 pictured at Kemble Air Show, Kemble Airport+ |
|50133||hc.3||2000|| ZJ124 : RAF HC.3 /H; 17jul11 pictured with 28Sqd at RAF Fairford RIAT airshow |
|50149||hc.3||2001|| ZJ127 : RAF 50149/RAF11 in 2003 /L 28Sqn. || ZJ127 : conv to fully marinised HC.4 |
ZJ127 : 08jul17 /L pictured at RNAS Yeovilton Air Day 2017
|50153||hc.3||2001|| ZJ128 : 50153/RAF12; 2003 /M 28Sqn; 19aug06 pictured at Shoreham Airport, England || ZJ128 : 845 NAS / M. Deployed to Caribbean for huuricane relief. |
|50167||hc.3||2001|| ZJ129 : RN; 01may05 pictured as 28Sqn /N at Abingdon |
: 2007 28Sqn./N
| ZJ129 : 08jan16 846Sqn./N at Nantes direction South |
: 08jan16 846Sqn./N at Bordeaux direction Spain
: HC.3I type; 10jan16 visit to Gibraltar with ZJ121.
|50169||hc.3||2001|| ZJ130 : RAF; 2007 28Sqn./O || ZJ130 : 02jul16 pictured (pic2) as 846Sq /O at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 2016 |
|50173||hc.3||2001|| ZJ131 : RAF Merlin HC.3 28Sqn./P; 11may07 pictured at Elwood HLS (Heliport) Barra+ || ZJ131 : final Merlin delivered from RAF Benson to 845 NAS at Yeovilton. ZJ131/P on+ |
|50181||hc.3||2001|| ZJ133 : RAF 50181/RAF17 in 2009 28Sqn. |
|50195||hc.3||2002|| ZJ137 : RAF 50195/RAF21.; 2003 28Sqn./W || ZJ137 : Jan16 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn |
: 02jul16 pictured as 846 NAS /W at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 2016
|50160||mk512||2005|| ZK001 : 23jan15 type HC.3A 28sqn./AF at Shawbury || M-511 : 50160/DEN11 return to UK as ZK001 |
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