united kingdom 705 squadron

Fleet Air Arm
705 NAS :

1936 to present    

Unit History:

705 squadron
Formed from 447 Flight RAF with Swordfish. Disbanded at Lee-on-Solent in 1940. After a 4 month existence during early 1945, it reformed on 7 May 1947 with the Sikorsky R4 Hoverfly element from 771 NAS, at RNAS Gosport as the Helicopter Fleet Requirements Unit. After experience with a loaned S-51 during Jan 1949, operated the Dragonfly from Dec 1949 and during Jan and Feb 1951 conducted experimental ship landings aboard RFA Fort Duquesne (A229). Sikorsky S-55s from November 1952, followed by British built Whirlwind HAR.1s and Hiller HT.1s in 1953. On 1 Feb 1953 the unit responded to a Dutch Government request to assist with relief from severe flooding in the Netherlands by despatching 5 Dragonfly. It became the Helicopter Training Squadron in November 1955 and moved to RNAS Lee-on-Solent.

Moved to RNAS Culdrose in January 1958. The Hiller HT.2 (introduced in 1962) was replaced by the Gazelle HT.2 between Mar 1974 and Mar 1975 and the Whirlwinds were phased out. Following a flypast of 13 Hiller at the end of Mar 1975, they flew on to RNAY Wroughton for eventual disposal.

In April 1997, the tri-service Defence Helicopter Flying School was formed and 705 moved to RAF Shawbury as the Advanced Single-engine Rotary Wing squadron. Some Gazelles were transferring to the RAF and the Eurocopter Squirrel HT.1 was adopted.

I was drafted to 705 squadron in 1954 and in june 1955 was a member of the ground crew at white waltham aerodrome, where the queens flight was stationed, where HRH the Duke of Edinburgh trained as a helicopter pilot, on the hiller ht1 and later in the year at bircham newton where he received training in ASR on the sikorsky s55

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705 Naval Air Squadron 75th anniversary, 26-Sep-14 : The squadron, part of the Defence Helicopter Flying School at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, is where all RN pilots are put through their paces.

Locations of this unit:

1997/nowRAF ShawburyEGOS
1958/97RNAS CuldroseEGDR
1953NL Gilze-RijenEHGR

Models served in this unit: Login to Edit    

1997/nowAS350 Ecureuil
1975/97SA341C Gazelle HT.2
1962/75UH-12E Raven
1960/74 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAS.7
1957/62 dragonfly     Dragonfly HR.5
1955/66 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.3
1954/60 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.1
1953/63UH-12B HTE-2
1953/56 s-55 H-19     Whirlwind HAS.22
1953s-55 H-19
1952/60 dragonfly     Dragonfly HR.3
1950/53 dragonfly     Dragonfly HR.1
1949s-51 H-5
1947/50R-4 Hoverfly

Construction Numbers found for 705Sq Help Us    

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrganisationIn other Org
    wa/h/009 hr.1 1949     VX596 : 705Sq Jun 1950, 705Sq/710-GJ by Jul 1951, Warrior Flt Nov 1951, Glory Flt +
    : Centaur Flt/902-C Apr 1954 to Mar 1955, 705Sq/535 by Mar 1956 conv HR.5 c +
    : Eagle Flt/974-J by Aug 1957, 705Sq/532 by Nov 1957, Ford Stn Flt/923-FD by+
    wa/h/010 hr.1 1949     VX597 : Built as HR.1 ff Oct 1949. 705Sq by Jan 1950, Indomitable SAR Flt by Jan 1+
    : HR.3 conv by Mar 1953. Culdrose Stn Flt/901 by Jun 1953, Eagle SAR Flt/902+
    wa/h/021 hr.1 1950     VZ962 : ff 18 May 1950 and del RNAS Gosport 13 Oct 1950. 705Sqn by Nov 1950. Belie+
    : Repaired Westland and con to HR.3 by 1953. 705Sqn/703-GJ by Feb 1954. Tail+
    51-17 s-51 1947     WB220 : ex G-AJHW. To RN for a short period in 1949 for 705Sqn during Jan and to b+
Westland G-AJHW : One of six S-51s imported by Westlands for evaluation and to seed the Drag+
Royal Australian Air Force A80-374 : After more work as G-AJHW, including service with British European Airways+
    wa/h/034 hr.3 1952     WG664 : 705Sq /533 by Aug 1957. Britannia Flt (Plymouth) by summer 1960, hard land+
    wa/h/041 hr.3 1952     WG671 : 705Sq/702-GJ Jul 1952 until c Aug 1953; HMS Centaur SAR Flt/901-C by May 1+
    : to Lee Aug 1957 for conv to HR.5; 701 Sq/720 by Nov 1957; 705Sq/531 by Oct+
    wa/h/061 hr.3 1952     WG751 : ff Nov 1952; 705Sq/710-GJ by Mar 1953; Yeovilton Stn Flt/948-VL by Jan 195+
- WG751 : Moved between several scrapyards and eventually restored at Fleetlands fro+
: Jun09 pictured at the Historic Dockyard ( The wooden armchair in the cabin+
    wa/h/067 hr.3 1952     WH991 : ff 4 Feb 1953 as HR.3, dd 24 Feb 1953 to RN at Gosport. To HMS Illustrious+
    : In Mar 1959 upper surfaces painted light colour for thermal trials in Cari+
    wa/h/076 hr.3 1953     WN499 : HR.3 ff 21 Apr 1953, Illustrious SAR Flt May 1953, 705Sq/703-GJ Jul 1955, +
- WN499 : Torbay Aircraft Museum Jun 1971
: to Caernarfon Airworld by 1988 still Apr 1996, in poor condition by May 20+
    wa 1 har.1 1952     XA862 : f/f 12nov52 as Srs.1 G-AMJT; f/f 01aug53 as HAR.1; 705Sq Oct 1954; 705Sq/7+
    540 uh-12b 1953     XB480 : ex USN 134730. d/d 13 Jul 1953 to RN. 705Sq by Feb 1954, 705Sq/540 by Jun +
    wa 91 has7 1957     XG596 : dd 24 May 1957 to 700Sq as /508-H, 737Sq/775-PO by Feb 1961, 829Sq by 196+
- XG596 : Apr13 at The Helicopter Museum, Weston super Mare
    wa 66 har3 1955     XJ402 : Trials at Yeovil until 1958. 701 Sq/723 by Jun 1958, 771 Sq/751-PO Jul 196+
    2199 uh-12e 1962     XS159 : Delivered by sea to RNAY Fleetlands 16 Aug 1962. 705Sq/531 by Oct 1962, 70+
    2208 uh-12e 1962     XS160 : 20aug93 705Sqn./41 visit
- G-BDOH : from Dec75 to May91, ex XS160
- D-HTIM : w/o 15jun91 at Minheim, Germany
    2253 uh-12e 1962     XS162 : 705Sq/547 by 1967.
    2264 uh-12e 1962     XS168 : 20aug73 705Sqn./47 visit
    2270 uh-12e 1962     XS169 : Royal Navy Raven HT.2 type; 20aug73 705Sqn./48
    2292 uh-12e 1963     XS705 : Royal Navy Raven HT.2 type; 20aug73 705Sqn./45 visit
- G-BDYY : from 24may76, lnd EI-BCA; canc 07apr87
- EI-BCA : 1976-nov78, rtn
- SX-HCD : ex XS705, G-BDYY
: Athens Aviation
    2300 uh-12e 1963     XS706 : Delivered by sea to RNAY Fleetlands Nov 1963. 705Sq/549 by Oct 1965, 705S+
    1007 ht.2 1972     XW845 : RN HT.2 built by Westland; 18jun89 pictured as /CU-47 with display team S+
- G-ZELE : ex RN XW845; Elwick near Hartlepool; 17sep05 seen at Yeovilton Air Day, U+
    1033 ht.2 1973     XW853 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul91 705sqd/CU-53; to civ G-SWWM
- G-SWWM : May03-Jul11
- G-IBNH : from Jul11
    1045 ht.2 1973     XW854 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 1979 705sqd/CU-546; 1994 705sqd/CU-46; +
- G-CBSD : London Helicopters Centres Ltd Jun02-Sep05; Mexsky Ltd Sep05-Sep09
- G-TIZZ : private UK, Sep09-Feb11
Falcon Aviation Ltd G-TIZZ : Falcon Aviation Flying Group Feb11-Nov12
- RA-2013G : Russia
    1078 ht.2 1973     XW856 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-547; 1994 705sqd/CU-49;+
- G-GAZL : ex RN XW856; ex G-CBBY; based at Truro
    1081 ht.2 1973     XW857 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd /CU-555; Aug85 705sqd /CU+
    : 16may88 pictured (top) as 705Sqd /CU-55 at RNAS Portland
    : 24jul96 pictured (bot) as 705Sqd /CU-55 at RNAS Culdrose Air Day. Notice t+
- G-CBSB : London Helicopters Centres Ltd Jun02-Apr04
: Flying Machinery Ltd Apr04-Dec06
- G-LEDR : private Dec06-Apr07
: private Malaga, Spain from Apr07
: RSE 15119 Ltd from Aug14
: Aug14 flew into Newark air museum, Winthorpe, UK
    1091 ht.2 1973     XW859 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705Sqn; w/o 13jun77 collided with XX415+
    1100 ht.2 1973     XW860 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-544; Aug85 705sqd/CU-44+
    1102 ht.2 1973     XW861 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-559; to G-BZFJ
- G-BZFJ : ex RN XW861
    1114 ht.2 1973     XW863 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-542; Aug85 705sqd/CU-4+
    : 08jun91 705Sqn./CU-543 flying display
British Army XW863 : 02jul11, not confirmed but pictured taken at Fairoaks is probably XW863 af+
- XW863 : Farnborough Air Sciences Trust on loan since 11jun13
    1116 ht.2 1973     XW864 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland, f/f 14Sep73, d/d 02Oct73 RN NASU Culd+
    : 28Jun81 RIAT airshow at RAF Grrenham Common as /CU.(5)54 of 705Squadron as+
    : 16May88 pictured with 705Squadron at RNAS Portland. On background very sma+
    : 06Sep89 Alan Mann Helicopters - Fairoaks for respray; 20Sep89 coded CU.(5)+
    : 13+14jun92 705Sqn./CU-54 SHARKS
    1128 ht.2 1973     XW867 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705sqd/CU-556; w/o 22may75
    1130 ht.2 1973     XW868 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-550; 1990 705sqd/CU-50;+
- G-CBKD : ex RN XW868
    1150 ht.2 1973     XW884 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; d/d 17jan74; Jul79 705sqd/CU-541-CU; 19+
    : 16May88 pictured as /CU-(5)41 of 705Squadron visiting RNAS Portland
    : 13+14jun92 705Sqn./CU-541 SHARKS
MW Helicopters G-BZDV : MW Helicopters Mar00-Jul01, ex RN XW884, to 3D-HXL
- 3D-HXL : Swaziland Jul01-Feb02
MW Helicopters G-BZDV : MW Helicopters Feb02-Jan06
- G-BZDV : from Jan06
    1157 ht.2 1974     XW886 : RN Gazelle HT.2 buit by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-548; Aug85 705sqd/CU-48 +
    : 18jun89 pictured as /CU-48 with 705Sqd (The Sharks display team) at Biggin+
    1158 ht.2 1974     XW887 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-557; to civ G-CBFD
- G-CBFD : ex RN XW887; w/o 18nov03
    1161 ht.2 1974     XW890 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-553; preserved at RNAS +
    1163 ht.2 1974     XW891 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-549; w/o 25nov87 at Pre+
    1173 ht.2 1974     XW894 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-552; 1994 705sqd/CU-37;+
- G-BZOS : ex RN XW894; w/o 14jul02
    1174 ht.2 1974     XW895 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-551; 1990 705sqd/CU-51;+
- G-BXZD : ex RN XW895; based Babcary; to Ukranie
    1216 ht.2 1974     XW907 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Aug85 705sqd/CU-40 Sharks demo Yeovilto+
    : 13+14jun92 705Sqn /CU-548 SHARKS
- G-BZOT : South West Aviation Dec00-Feb02
- G-DFKI : Leisure Park Management Ltd Feb02-Dec03
: Foremans Aviation Dec03-Nov10; Foreman Nov10-Dec11
: Bourne Park Aviation Flying Group from Dec11
: 18mar15 at North Weald airfield, Essex
    1299 ht.2 1975     XX391 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-556; 1994 705sqd/CU-56;+
- ZK-HTB : ex RN XX391
    1317 ht.2 1975     XX397 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; Jul79 705sqd/CU-543; w/o 12mar82
    1358 ht.2 1975     XX410 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705sqd/CU-558; w/o 12may78 hit the grou+
    1367 ht.2 1975     XX415 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705sqd /CU-559; w/o 13jun77 collided wi+
    1382 ht.2 1975     XX431 : 16may88 pictured as /CU-43 705Sqd at RNAS Portland
    1402 ht.2 1976     XX436 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 1994 705sqd/CU-39; to civ G-CBSE
- G-CBSE : London Helicopter Centres Ltd Jun02-Apr04; Flying Machinery Ltd Apr/Nov 20+
- G-ZZLE : Estates UK Ltd Apr05-Apr14
: Gazelle Squadron Flying Group from Apr14, Royal Marines livery; 11jul14 p+
    1418 ht.2 1976     XX441 : 13+14jun92 705Sqn./CU-538 SHARKS
- ZK-HBH : New Zealand d/d 2001
- ZU-HBH : South Africa, noted 2010; Feb15 still
    1436 ht.2 1976     XX446 : 16may88 pictured as /CU-57 705Sqd at RNAS Portland
- ZK-HTF : Aero Enterprises, NZ 2001, ex RN XX446
    1450 ht.2 1976     XX451 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705Sqd /CU-558 RAF Shawbury; w/o 05oct9+
    1747 ht.2 1978     XZ938 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 1990 705sqd/CU-45; 1994 705sqd/CU-45; t+
    1761 ht.2 1978     XZ942 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705sqd/CU-42; instructional airframe +
    1923 ht.2 1982     ZB646 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 1996 705sqd/CU-59 shark team; to civ G-+
- G-CBGZ : ex ZB646
    1924 ht.2 1982     ZB647 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 1990 705sqd/CU-59; 17jul92 pictured as +
    : 13+14jun92 705Sqn./CU-59 SHARKS
Falcon Aviation Ltd G-CBSF : London Helicopter Centres Ltd Jun02-Jul03, ex ZB647; Jul03 to Falcon Aviat+
- G-CBSF : Jan.2012 owned by Robs Lamplough at Manor Farm East Garston Berks, UK
    2011 ht.2 1982     ZB648 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705sqd/CU-540; w/o 18mar93
    : ff 11 Jan 1984, to RNAY Wroughton storage. 705Sq/537-CU, 705Sq/540-CU by J+
    2012 ht.2 1982     ZB649 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 1994 705sqd/CU-43; to civ G-CBSG, G-SIV+
- G-SIVJ : ex ZB649
    55 C/N found for 705Sq

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