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  • Westland Wasp

    c/n f.9576

    Year 1964 to 1989

    Helicopter Westland Wasp Serial f.9576 Register XS565 used by Fleet Air Arm RN (Royal Navy). Built 1964. Aircraft history and location


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    united kingdom Fleet Air Arm

    dd 26 May 1964 to RN. 829 Sq Dido Flt/473 before Jan 1971, RNAY Fleetlands /473 by Jun 1970, 829 Sq Rothesay Flt/462-RO by Jan 1971 to at least Nov 1971
    829 Sq Brighton Flt/461 by May 1972 still Sep 1974
    829 Sq Plymouth Flt/445 Nov 1974 to Sep 1978.
    recognised as the smoothest RN Wasp airframe whilst on Plymouth Flight. Even after having the Cabin reconstructed by the Flight at Portland in 1976
    1976-09-21, Certainly was the smoothest Wasp as stated, We also had to replace the Main Rotor Gearbox after an emergency (very Loud BANG) whilst night flying from HMS Plymouth in the Portland Areas. Taff Guest (Senior Maintenance Officer) and The Boys did another marvelous job and 445 was still as smooth as a 'Baby's Bum' when we departed to take up Gibraltar Guardship duties a month later. I was the LACMN on the flight from March 1975 until April 1977. We farewelled Flt Commander (David) Flatman in Gib in November! Giving him the send-off such a Non Team member deserved?
    1985to, RAE Farnborough /445 by 1985
    to PEE Foulness Island by May 1988 and scrapped there by Dec 1989.

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