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YearVersionC/N
1963 107-ii 3 New York Airways N6673D : New York Airways Flight
New York Airways N6673D : Footage of N6673D appears in 1964 film Youngblood Hawke
New York Airways N6673D : NYA d/d01jun62; w/o 14oct63 New York Airways Flight 600 crashed shortly after takeoff from Idlewild Airport (now JFK) en route to Newark via Wall Street due to lubricant oil contamination leading to component fatigue; 3 crew and 3 passenger fatalities
1963 h-19c 55-277 US Army Aviation 51-14298 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-277, ff:?; del as H-19C, 51-14298, 08Dec52.
Comando de Aviacion Naval Argentina 0504 : ARA d/d 31dec59 as 2-PH-413 ex BuNo 51-14298; 1960 as 2-H-13; w/o nov63 in Antarctica
1963 h-21b B-159 US Air Force 54-4006 : Piasecki PV-22 c/n B-159, ff?; del USAF as H-21B 54-4006; unit xfers unk;
Japan Air Self-Defense Force 02-4758 : del JASDF as H-21B 02-4758 unk; units unk; w/o 16Mar63.
1963 H-34A SA.115 Armée de l'Air SA.115 : Sud Aviation, H-34A, c/n SA.115; del France Armee de l'Air as SA.115, unk; xfer CIEH, unk; w/o 06Jun63.
1963 H-34A SA.54 Armée de l'Air SA.54 : Sud Aviation, H-34A, c/n SA.54; del France Armee de l'Air as SA.54, unk; xfer EH 23, unk; w/o 21May63.
1963 H-34A SA.68 Armée de l'Air SA.68 : Sud Aviation, H-34A, c/n SA.68; del France Armee de l'Air as SA.68, unk; xfer EH 23, 23-LD, unk; w/o 25Mar63.
1963 h-34a 58-133 US Army Aviation 54-886 : del US ARMY as H-34A, 54-886, 23Oct55; not on DA2410, 1962; [used by Air America in Laos?]
Không lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa 54886 : xfer VNAF as H-34C, 54886, unk; w/o 30Mar63.
1963 h-34a 58-401 Armée de l'Air SKY.401 : Sikorsky H-34A c/n 58-401; del France Armee de lAir as SKY.401, 08Jan57; coded ER; w/o accident 01Aug63.
1963 h-34a 58-42 US Army Aviation 53-4488 : del US ARMY as H-34A, 53-4488, 20Apr56; sos in transit to 2nd Army from Aviation School, Fort Rucker, Aug63.
US Army Aviation 53-4488 : scr 1984 Phoenix
1963 h-34a 58-574 US Army Aviation 55-4503 : del US ARMY as H-34A, 55-4503, 03Jun57; to H-34C by Jan62; soc 504th Aviation Bn, 4th Armor Div, Apr63.
US Army Aviation 55-4503 : w/o 25may63
1963 h-34a 58-978 US Army Aviation 57-1747 : del US ARMY as H-34A, 57-1747, unk; to Vietnam AF, unk; w/o 16May63.
Không lực Việt Nam Cộng hòa 57-1747 : 1962
1963 h-37a 56-056 US Army Aviation 55-627 : Sikorsky S-56, c/n 56-056, ff:?; del US ARMY as H-37A, 55-627, 10Jan58; redesig CH-37A, Oct 62; conv CH-37B, unk; wfu & soc unk.
US Army Aviation 55-627 : w/o 12dec63, Vietnam. 4 killed
1963 hh-34f 58-1049 US Coast Guard 1334 : USCG; preserved at Military Aviation Museum, Clearwater Florida
Air America H-16 : aug63
US Coast Guard H-16 : w/o 27oct63
1963 hh-52a 62-023 US Coast Guard 1354 : Sikorsky S-62C c/n 62-023, ff?; del USCG as HH-52A Seaguard 1354, Salem, OR, 16Mar63; w/o after ditching at sea, 02May63. [Shortest service life of HH-52A: 47 days.]
1963 HRS-2 55-264 US Marine Corps 130181 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-264, ff:?; del USMC as HRS-2, 130181, 18Oct52
US Marine Corps 130181 : w/o 07aug63
1963 hss-1 58-229 US Navy 141583 : Sikorsky HSS-1, c/n 58-229, ff?; del US Navy as HSS-1, 141583, 26Mar56; redesig SH-34G, Oct62; w/o with HS-4 aboard USS Yorktown, 08May63.
1963 hss-1n 58-1017 US Navy 145968 : Sikorsky HSS-1N, cn 58-1017, ff:?; del USN as HSS-1N, 145698, 11Dec58; damage sustained, 30Apr63; soc O&R BuWeps FR, Jacksonville, FL, 16May63
1963 hss-1n 58-1160 Marine Luchtvaartdienst 145 : MAP BuNo 147635. 8 sqd 8-5. w/o near Gibraltar 31jan63
1963 hss-1n 58-1375 Marine Luchtvaartdienst 140 : Map BuNo 149133. 8 sqd. w/o near Gibraltar 31jan63.
1963 hss-2 61-090 US Navy 149681 : USN; SH-3A HS-9 w/o 12feb63
1963 hss-2 61-100 US Navy 149689 : USN; SH-3A HS-6 w/o 26may63
1963 hss-2 61-111 US Navy 149697 : USN; SH-3A HS-6 w/o 06feb63
1963 hss-2 61-126 US Navy 149709 : USN; SH-3A HS-6 w/o 21jan63
1963 hss-2 61-131 US Navy 149714 : USN; SH-3A HS-9 w/o 14nov63
1963 hss-2 61-132 US Navy 149715 : USN; SH-3A HS-6 w/o 16aug63
1963 hss-2 61-181 US Navy 149911 : USN; SH-3A HS-8 w/o 15aug63
1963 hus-1 58-1037 US Marine Corps 145805 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-1037, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145805, 02Mar59; w/o HMM-162, YL-77, SW Pacific, 10Mar63.
1963 hus-1 58-1051 US Marine Corps 145811 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-1051, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145811, unk; redesig UH-34D, Oct62; w/o Southeast Asia, 16Jul63.
1963 hus-1 58-1302 US Marine Corps 148759 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-1302, ff:? del USMC as HUS-1, 148759, unk; redesig UH-34D, Oct62; w/o RVN, 08Oct63, 4 KIA.
1963 hus-1 58-1350 US Marine Corps 148781 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-1350, ff:? del USMC as HUS-1, 148781, unk; redesig UH-34D, Oct62; w/o Vietnam, 08Oct63.
1963 hus-1 58-1390 US Navy 148805 : Sikorsky HUS-1, c/n 58-1390, ff?; del US Navy as HUS-1, 148805, unk; unit assignements unk; xfer to USAF as HH-34D, 61-4489, unk; xfer to Air America as H-Y, unk; rereg as H-48, unk; xfer International Control Commission as CIC-2, unk; lost in Laos, 03May63.
US Air Force 61-4489 : Sikorsky HUS-1, c/n 58-1390, ff?; del US Navy as HUS-1, 148805, unk; unit assignements unk; xfer to USAF as HH-34D, 61-4489, unk; xfer to Air America as H-Y, unk; rereg as H-48, unk; xfer International Control Commission as CIC-2, unk; lost in Laos, 03May63.
Air America H-Y : Sikorsky HUS-1, c/n 58-1390, ff?; del US Navy as HUS-1, 148805, unk; unit assignements unk; xfer to USAF as HH-34D, 61-4489, unk; xfer to Air America as H-Y, unk; rereg as H-48, unk; xfer International Control Commission as CIC-2, unk; lost in Laos, 03May63.
Air America H-48 : Sikorsky HUS-1, c/n 58-1390, ff?; del US Navy as HUS-1, 148805, unk; unit assignements unk; xfer to USAF as HH-34D, 61-4489, unk; xfer to Air America as H-Y, unk; rereg as H-48, unk; xfer International Control Commission as CIC-2, unk; lost in Laos, 03May63.
1963 hus-1 58-838 US Marine Corps 145747 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-837, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145746, 29Mar58; redesig UH-34D, Oct62; w/o HMM-162, Southeast Asia, 10Mar63.
1963 hus-1 58-852 US Marine Corps 145754 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-852, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145754, 01Apr58; xfer HMM-362, YL-##, unk; xfer HMM-261, EM-##, unk; redesig UH-34D, Oct62; w/o SW Pacific, 15Sep63.
1963 hus-1 58-916 US Marine Corps 145773 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-916, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1, 145773, unk;
US Marine Corps 145773 : w/o 3oct63
1963 hus-1a 58-799 US Marine Corps 145715 : Sikorsky HUS-1A, cn 58-799, ff:?; del USMC as HUS-1A, 145715, 06Mar58; redesig UH-34E, Oct62;
US Navy 145715 : xfer USN as UH-34E, 145715, unk; w/o VU-8, NAS Roosevelt Roads, PR, 27Jun63.
1963 oh-13h 2483 Österreichische Luftstreitkräfte 3B-HE : OL w/o 2Oct63
1963 S-55 55-292 New York Airways N406A : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-292, ff:?; del New York Airwayss as N406A, 29Oct52.
Comando de Aviacion Naval Argentina 0504 : 31dec59 w/o nov63
1963 S-55 55-759 osterman helikopter SE-HBA : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-759, ff:?; del Osterman Aero AS as SE-HBA, 22Jul54; w/o 06Sep63.


1963 ah.1 f.9477 Army Air Corps XP851 : AAC Westland Scout AH.1
Army Air Corps XP851 : w/o 10may63 Yeovil.
1963 se3130 1158 marinen 02111 : 1158/C54 Hkp2 type, Marinen 2HD /111; w/o 03oct63
1963 se3130 1260 Armée de l'Air 154 : M154. w/o 04may63
1963 se3130 1644 Army Air Corps XR384 : AAC d/d Oct61 as XJ384, reser XR384; w/o 01may63
Army Air Corps XR384 : Delivered as XJ384 in error. 10 Flt Dhekelia Dec 1961 to Jun 1962. 24 Flt Detmold Jul 1962.
Army Air Corps XJ384 : 1961 as part of a REME team, I helped assemble XJ384, along with three others, at RAF Akrotiri then it was flown to 10 Independent Recce Flight AAC in Dhekelia; pictured as XJ384 on ground run and first test flight after assembly. The Alouettes arrived partly assembled in large wooden crates.
Army Air Corps XJ384 : 1963 my father flew this helicopter in Germany. Yes, he was the pilot who wrote it off - hot and heavy take off out of a clearing, awkward wind direction, loss of translational lift and crash in front of a Canadian field hospital area (they were on excercise in the next field... No fatalities thanks to a rather surprised bunch of Canuck medics who thought Hey, those Brits really put on a great training excercise for us
1963 se3130 1689 Heeresflieger PK-137 : PO-137; HFB12; w/o 29.03.1963 Wasseralfingen
1963 se3130 1750 Heeresflieger PP-142 : w/o 17.01.1963
1963 Skeeter S2/5069 Army Air Corps XL738 : AOP.12 del AAC Sep 1958; HTF; 651 Sq
Army Air Corps XL738 : w/o 15 Feb 1963; to 7860M
Army Air Corps XL738 : Boom of XL738 joined with pod of XL769 c 1973 or earlier.
Army Air Corps XL738 : To Ivybridge, Devon, still there Aug 2001
1963 Sycamore 4 13150 Royal Air Force XE309 : HR.14 Del RAF; Eastleigh Stn Flt; Aden Protectorate Communication and Support Squadron (sometime between Sep 1955 and Dec 1956); Khormaksar Stn Flt; Khormaksar SAR Flt from Jun 1958
Royal Air Force XE309 : Lost control at low level and crashed while with CFS(H), 0.5m S of Ternhill on 27 Mar 1963.
1963 Sycamore 4 13272 Royal Air Force XG512 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jul 1955
Royal Air Force XG512 : Rotors struck ground after nosewheel collapsed on landing at Tobruk on 4 Jul 1963 while with 103Sq
1963 Sycamore 4 13371 Royal Air Force XG517 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Oct 1955
Royal Air Force XG517 : Rotors struck ground on landing at Tobruk on 23 Aug 1963 while with 103Sq
1963 Sycamore 4 13414 Royal Air Force XJ919 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare. Del RAF 7 Feb 1957
Royal Air Force XJ919 : 275 Sq F Flt by Aug 1957
Royal Air Force XJ919 : 275 Sq; 225 Sq; A&AEE
Royal Air Force XJ919 : w/o 27 Feb 1963 after engine failure, at Boscombe Down
1963 Sycamore 4 13438 Royal Air Force XL822 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare. Del RAF c Apr 1957
Royal Air Force XL822 : Nov58 pictured in Cameron Highlands jungle after engine failure while with 110 Sq on 8 Nov; Airframe repaired and fitted with new engine and main rotor blades.
Royal Air Force XL822 : w/o 06may63 while searching along the Tusan Valley for the wreckage of 66 Sq Belvedere HC.1 XG473 (qv) which had crashed 2 days earlier, XL822 force landed and rolled over after a partial engine failure, as 110 Sq / V.
1963 mk.52 13500 Luftwaffe CB+018 : HR.52 built at Oldmixon, del WGAF Jun 1958; 1 LRS / CB+018
Luftwaffe CB+018 : w/o 7 May 1963, ditched in Wadden Sea near Cuxhaven close to Grosser Knechtsand island, after engine failure
1963 Type 192 Belvedere 13357 Royal Air Force XG462 : del RAF as Belvedere HC.1 XG462, 02Oct61; w/o 05Oct63; soc 21Jan64; nose pres at Weston-Super-Mare Helicopter Museum.
Royal Air Force XG462 : dd Sep 1961 as 66Sq/H. To 72Sq/H by Nov 1961. Mid air rear engine fire near Bomba, in Oct 1963 which subsequently damaged the rear fuselage and most of the mid-section. The forward section was recovered and stored at the RAF Museum.
Royal Air Force XG462 : RAF; preserved (nose) at Weston-Super-Mare helicopter museum
1963 Type 192 Belvedere 13364 Royal Air Force XG473 : del RAF as Belvedere HC.1 XG473, 29May62; w/o 04May63.
Royal Air Force XG473 : w/o 4 May 1963 nr Lawas (Tusan Valley) in Borneo, while with 66 Sq. This was a catalyst for grounding the Belvedere fleet for 2 months while investigations were carried out. Sycamore HR.14 XL822 was subsequently sent to investigate the crash site.
Royal Air Force XG473 : 10 Apr 2018 partial fuselage section and rotor blade fragments in the Special Forces: In the shadows temporary exhibition at the National Army Museum. (Tentative identification from crash date on exhibit caption).
Royal Air Force XG473 : 10Apr18 wreckage pictured at National Army Museum
Royal Air Force XG473 : This was the aircraft that my step dad's father was flying (Flt Lt A. P. J. Dodson) I've just informed him what I found (the wreckage being at the national army museum) If there is any more information surrounding this, I'd love to know. It carries a great deal of sentiment to the family.
1963 Type 192 Belvedere 13366 Royal Air Force XG475 : del RAF as Belvedere HC.1 XG475, 10May62; w/o 05Dec63; soc and scr at No.71 MU Bicester dump, unk.
1963 UH-2A 23 US Navy 149019 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 23, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149019 unk; redesig UH-2A Oct62; xfer HU-2, HU-??, unk; w/o 11Dec63.
US Navy 149019 : Reported to have crashed at sea during 1963. recovered
1963 UH-2A 24 US Navy 149020 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 24, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149020 unk; redesig UH-2A Oct62; xfer HU-2, HU-??, unk; w/o 05Aug63.
1963 UH-2A 38 US Navy 149034 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 38, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149034 unk; redesig UH-2A in 1962; xfer HU-2, Det 62, HU-??, unk; asgd USS Independence, (CVA-62) unk; w/o 17Jul63.
1963 UH-2A 7 US Navy 147974 : Kaman w/o 26jul63
US Navy 147974 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 7, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 147974 unk; redesig UH-2A Oct 1962; w/o 26Jul63.
1963 UH-2A 78 US Navy 149776 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 78, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149776 unk; redesig UH-2A in 1962; xfer HU-1, UP-??, unk; w/o 17Sep63.
US Navy 149776 : w/o 17sep63, I was with HU-1/HC-1, UH-2A 149776 was lost due to power failure while being flown in the dead mans curve to avoid corrosive spray. The flotation bag failed on the starboard side from the hard landing and rolled over and sank.
1963 UH-2A 79 US Navy 149777 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 79, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149777 unk; redesig UH-2A in 1962; xfer HU-1, UP-??, unk; w/o 28Jan63.
US Navy 149777 : If I am not mistaken this went down on 28Jan63 and pilot LT(jg) Robert A Short was the only casualty
1963 UH-2A 86 US Navy 149784 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 86, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149784 unk; redesig UH-2A in 1962; xfer HU-2, HU-??, unk; w/o 18Apr63.
1963 UH-2A 9 US Navy 147976 : HU-1 UP w/o 12sep63
US Navy 147976 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 9, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 147976 unk; redesig UH-2A Oct 1962; xfer HU-1, UP-??, unk; asgd USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) unk; ditched at sea 12Sep63, 4 crew successfully recovered; aircraft capsized but remained afloat & recoverd by BHR same day; w/o 30Oct63.
1963 UH-2B 97 US Navy 150147 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite c/n 97, ff?; del USN as UH-2B 150147 unk; redesig UH-2B in 1962; xfer HU-1, UP-??, unk; w/o 29Oct63.
1963 V43 WG 12 Heeresflieger PA+207 : also seen as QF+465, am 07.04.62 crashed & scraped in Mendig
1963 V43 WG 13 Heeresflieger PA+208 : also seen as QF+466, w.o. 03.12.63, crashed
1963 has.1 wa 43 Fleet Air Arm XM922 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA043, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XM922, 10/1961; w/o 12/08/1963.
Fleet Air Arm XM922 : 814 Sq / 344-H by Feb 1962. Ditched and sank off HMS Hermes 12 Aug 1963 while operating off Aden
1963 has.1 wa 45 Fleet Air Arm XM924 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA045, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XM924, 06/12/1961; w/o 15/01/1963.
Fleet Air Arm XM924 : 814Sq/346-H by Feb 1962; w/o 15jan63 ditched and sank while operating from HMS Hermes, 38nm SW of Subic Bay, Philippines
1963 has.1 wa 46 Fleet Air Arm XM925 : d/d 7 Dec 1961, w/o in Gulf of Aden whilst with 814Sq/347-V operating from HMS Victorious on 10 Sep 1963
1963 has.1 wa 58 Fleet Air Arm XP107 : RN HAS.1 d/d 01mar62; w/o 05feb63; to A2527, scr Predannack Jul91
Fleet Air Arm XP107 : 845Sq/D-A by Jun 1962, compressor surge caused heavy landing at Sembawang and w/o 5 Feb 1963.
Fleet Air Arm XP107 : to A2527 Lee-on-Solent, until Sep 1986
Fleet Air Arm XP107 : A2527 to Predannack 11 Sep 1986, still present May 1988. Scrapped Jul 1991.
1963 has.1 wa 78 Fleet Air Arm XP145 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA078, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XP145, 04/07/1962; w/o 04/10/1963.
Fleet Air Arm XP145 : built as HAS.1, ff 22 Jun 1962, dd to Fleetlands 30 Jul 1962 and stored. 819 Sq/323-H by Jul 1963. Ditched and sank 4 Oct 1963 while operating from HMS Hermes, S of Crete.
1963 has.1 wa 96 Fleet Air Arm XS117 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA096, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XS117, 30/04/1963; w/o 10/12/1963.
1963 har.2 wa147 Royal Air Force XK991 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA147, ff: 29Dec56; del Royal Air Force as XK991, 15Jan57; conv HAR.10, unk; w/o 07May63; wfu as 7810M [ntu]; scr Dishforth, 1963.
1963 har.4 wa 44 Royal Air Force XD797 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA44, ntu Royal Air Force as XD797. [duplicate Sabre 4 serial]
Royal Air Force XJ428 : ff: 20Dec54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ428, 07Jan55; conv HAR.10, unk; w/o 10Sep63; wfu as 7821M, [ntu]; scr Ternhill, unk.
Royal Air Force XJ428 : HAR.4 built at Yeovil; 1958 as 155 Sq / R pictured at RAF Kuala Lumpur
Royal Air Force XJ428 : HAR.4 110 Sq
Royal Air Force XJ428 : Conversion to HAR.10 in 1962
Royal Air Force XJ428 : HAR.10 22 Sq
Royal Air Force XJ428 : HAR.10 228 Sq; 10 Sep 1963 crash landed following power loss, 2m S of Bridlington, while with 228 Sq.
1963 has7 wa166 Fleet Air Arm XK939 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA166, ff: 17Sep57; del Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as XK939, 22Sep57; w/o 24Jul63; scr 25Aug64.
1963 has7 wa222 Fleet Air Arm XL872 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA222, ff: 19May58; del Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as XL872, 28May58; w/o 25Apr63.
Fleet Air Arm XL872 : HAS.7 824Sqn/335-C Mar 1961, replacing XL879 on unit strength, until ditched and sank S of Mogadishu while operating from HMS Centaur on 25 Apr 1963.
1963 has7 wa259 Fleet Air Arm XM668 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA259, ff: 26Jan59; del Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm as XM668, 04Feb59; w/o 24Jul63, perished Culdrose, unk.
Fleet Air Arm XM668 : Mar 1961 to 848 Sq / Y-B until c Dec 1961 and again Sep 1962 to mid Nov 1962.
Fleet Air Arm XM668 : May 1963 to 847 Sq / S; 24 Jul 1963 forced landing nr beach after engine failure and rolled over; to Fleetlands Aug 1963
Fleet Air Arm XM668 : Oct 1963 to Culdrose fire pits
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