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  • Westland Wessex HU.5


    This model is a version of Wessex



    c/n wa162


    Year 1964




    Helicopter Westland Wessex HU.5 Serial wa162 Register XS488 used by Gunsmoke Paintball ,Royal Marines RM ,Fleet Air Arm RN (Royal Navy). Built 1964. Aircraft history and location



    Helicopter Westland Wessex HU.5 Serial wa162 Register XS488 used by Gunsmoke Paintball ,Royal Marines RM ,Fleet Air Arm RN (Royal Navy). Built 1964. Aircraft history and location
    Helicopter Westland Wessex HU.5 Serial wa162 Register XS488 used by Gunsmoke Paintball ,Royal Marines RM ,Fleet Air Arm RN (Royal Navy). Built 1964. Aircraft history and location
    By Dave Taskis





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    XS488

    united kingdom Fleet Air Arm

    Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA162, f/f:?
    del Royal Navy as XS488, 04/1964
    to 9056M, GIA Gosport, Hampshire, unk.
    707Sq/X-CU by Jan 1965
    707Sq/T-CU by Dec 1966, still Jul 1970
    845Sq/E-B by May 1972. 707 NAS
    1977-03-20AOse Gratangen 845Sq/E-H by Sep 1973
    crashed 1 nm NW of Ose, Gratangen, in Norway during a whiteout, while with 845Sqdn
    Repaired at Weston by summer 1979
    772Sq/625-PO by Aug 1981
    to RNAY Wroughton Mar 1982
    NASU VL Apr 1982
    707Sq/XK May 1982
    847Sq B Flt/XK May 1982
    771Sq Aug 1982
    RNAY Wroughton by Sep 1982 771 NAS
    1991-01BEGWN G I Airframe to 1 SoTT Halton (9056M) by Jan 1991, still Jul 1992 (gone by Mar 1994).
    1996-04CEGUW G I Airframe to Wattisham by Apr 1996
    2003-04DHMS Sultan G I Airframe to 9056M, G.I. Gosport /XK-F by Apr 2003
    still Apr 2007.
    2006DHMS Sultan (top) at HMS Sultan/Gosport

    united kingdom Royal Marines

    reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XK 847NAS
    1982-05-13EHMS Raleigh mv Atlantic Causeway 847Sq /XK noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later that day for South Atlantic. 847NAS Operation Corporate
    united kingdom Gunsmoke Paintball

    2013-09-2121sep13 at a residential address in Shropshire
    2014-01FLayer WoodAirframe has been extensively patched during BDRT and the main fuselage is now a composite with the tail of XR497/F (qv). Nose still bears /XK code from its 847 NAS service
    11 (bot) at Layer Wood, NE of Tiptree




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