united kingdom 703 squadron

Fleet Air Arm


703 naval air squadron

1942 to 1981    





Tail Codes
FD 1950/55
PO 1972/81
Formed 3 Jun 1942 as a long range catapult squadron. Fixed wing aircraft from various bases, including intensive carrier trials in the early 1950s, until Aug 1955 when it amalgamated with 771 Squadron and the whole was renumbered as 700 Squadron. Reformed on 22 Jan 1972 at RNAS Portland, as it split from 829 Squadron to concentrate on Wasp ships flight training. In Feb 1975 it also took on the Wasp advanced training role from 706 Squadron. Disbanded on 1 Jan 1981 when it was re-absorbed by 829 Squadron.



I served in 703 squadron NASWDU from early 1946 to late 1947 and among the Mosquitos, Barracudas, Avengers and so on we had helicopters which we tested with floats as well as wheels.
I only remember one (1) helicopter I think it was a Sikorsky Gadfly. I helped service air-frames of the the TBM3's. There was a DH Dragon Rapide.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1972/81PortlandEGDP
1945/48Thorney IslandEGYT

Models Login to Edit

YearsModels
1972/81wasp
1946/47R-4 Hoverfly


Construction Numbers for . / 703 Sq / 703Sq / 703NAS / 703 NAS Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
f.9558 wasp 1963 XS531 : d/d 1963. To 700Sq 700W IFTU/993 by Jul 1963. 829 Sq/471 Hydra Flt by Jul +
: w/o 29 Mar 1977 with 703 Sq/504, ditched into sea SE of Portland while lan+
f.9564 wasp 1963 XS537 : 22Jul79 as /582 703Sqn Portland Open Day
f.9568 wasp 1964 XS541 : dd 1964 to RN. 703 Sq/500 by Jul 1976, 829Sq HQ Flt/602, sold to a USA air+
: 22Jul79 as /500 703Sqn Portland Open Day
f.9570 wasp 1964 XS543 : d/d 3 Apr 1964 to RN, Fleetlands Apr 1964 to Sembawang store by Jun 1964, +
Royal New Zealand Navy NZ3906 : Ex RN XS543. To RNZN - left Portsmouth aboard HMNZS Wellington Oct 1982. R+
: Presented to RNZAF museum at Ohakea by Westland in 1998 until May 2007
: Stored in No 3 hangar at Wigram (wsw of Christchurch), when Ohakea wing of+
: 09nov16 pictured in 3 Sq markings at RNZAF Museum, Wigram, in storage.
f.9572 wasp 1964 XS545 : dd Apr 1964 to RN; 700W Sq Galatea Flt/182-GA by 1964; 829 Sq Galatea Flt/+
: 22Jul79 as /507 703Sqn Portland Open Day
f.9577 wasp 1964 XS566 : d/d 4 Jun 1964 to RN; 700W Sq Nubian Flt/187-NU by Nov 1964 until c Mar 19+
Royal New Zealand Navy XS566 : To RNZN 20 Oct 1989 for spares to support RNZN Wasp fleet. Preserved Silve+
f.9580 wasp 1964 XS569 : dd Jul 1964 to RN. 703 Sq, NATIU, Wroughton to A2717, then A2639 G.I. Flee+
f.9582 wasp 1964 XS571 : dd Aug 1964 to RN; 829 Sq Leander Flt/476-LE Jan 1966 to at least Sep 1967+
: 22Jul79 as /634 703Sqn Portland Open Day
f.9588 wasp 1964 XT418 : d/d 4 Dec 1964. 829 Sq Argonaut Flt/466-AT by Jun 1968 still Mar 1970, RNA+
f.9597 wasp 1965 XT427 : 829 Sq Eskimo Flt/453 by Jan 1970 until c Jun 1970; 829 Sq HQ Flt/502 by A+
: 22Jul79 as /502 703Sqn Portland Open Day
f.9606 wasp 1965 XT436 : dd 4 Oct 1965 to RN. 703 Sq/506; 829 Sq Hydra Flt/419 by Sep 1971 until +
f.9613 wasp 1966 XT443 : repaired, to 703Sq by Aug 1971; 829Sq Mohawk Flt/474-MO by Feb 1972 but da+
- XT443 : to Westland for storage; Donated to The Helicopter Museum, delivered Jan 1+
: 12jul08 pictured at the International Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare
f.9662 wasp 1966 XT780 : dd Jul 1966 to RN. 703 Sq/636 by Jul 1976, to A2716 RNAY Wroughton, to A26+
: 22Jul79 as /636 703Sqn Portland Open Day
- XT780 : Oct14 at Fare ham college, Lee on Solent airfield
f.9665 wasp 1966 XT783 : d/d 05 Oct 1966 to UK RN as XT783, straight into storage at RNAY Fleetland+
: 22Jul79 as /504 703Sqn Portland Open Day
Royal Malaysian Navy M499-05 : d/d 08/1992 to Malaysian Navy as M499-05. wfu 26 Sep 2002
f.9667 wasp 1966 XT785 : 22Jul79 as /635 703Sqn Portland Open Day
Royal Malaysian Navy M499-01 : d/d 08 Dec 1966 to UK RN as XT785, d/d 08/1992 to Malaysian Navy as M499-0+
f.9669 wasp 1966 XT787 : delivered to RNAY Fleetlands straight into storage Feb 1967; at RNAY Wroug+
Royal New Zealand Navy NZ3905 : To RNZN Sep 1982 as airfreight. Retired 1997, sold to Westlands.
- G-KAXT : to Westland WSM Oct 1999 to at least Apr 2000; became G-KAXT 5 Mar 2002. A+
: 24sep11 video at Shuttleworth, UK. Thanks Raul Hrubisko
: 2015 Flying from Middle Wallop, occasionally with Scout XT626 as the Westl+
- XT787 : 08jul17 in 829 NAS Endurance Flt scheme, pictured at RNAS Yeovilton Air Da+
f.9672 wasp 1967 XT790 : HAS.1 d/d 25 May 1967 to UK RN as XT790. 829Sq Zulu Flt/442 by Sep 1970 st+
: 22Jul79 as /503 703Sqn Portland Open Day
Royal Malaysian Navy M499-09 : d/d 08/1992 to Malaysian Navy as M499-09. wfu 26 Sep 2002
f.9675 wasp 1967 XT793 : dd 14 Jul 1967 to RN. 703 Sq/616 by Jul 1976, 829Sq/456, 829Sq Berwick Flt+
- G-BZPP : To Bruntingthorpe, to Ipswich, private East Dereham Apr 1995. Registered G+
f.9677 wasp 1967 XT795 : 22Jul79 as /505 703Sqn Portland Open Day
f.9717 wasp 1967 XV622 : ff 17 Jan 1968, dd 1968 to RN. 703 Sq/506 by Jul 1976, dd 1983/9 ? to RNZN+
: 22Jul79 as /506 703Sqn Portland Open Day
f.9724 wasp 1968 XV629 : dd 16 Apr 1969, 703 Sq, RNAY Wroughton, transferred to Army AAC Middle Wal+
f.9731 wasp 1969 XV636 : 703Sq/507 by Apr 1975; 829Sq Eskimo Flt/453 by Mar 1977 until c Nov 1978; +
Royal Malaysian Navy M499-02 : ex UK RN XV636. d/d Mar 1988 to Malaysian Navy as M499-02. wfu 26 Sep 2002
22 serials found for . / 703 Sq, 703Sq, 703NAS, 703 NAS

Operations

DatesOperation
25-jun-7728-jun-77 Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen



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