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  • Saunders Roe Skeeter 3

    This model is a version of Skeeter

    c/n W.14/4

    Year 1951 to 1953

    Helicopter Saunders Roe Skeeter 3 Serial W.14/4 Register WF113 used by Ministry of Defence (MoD) Aeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment (A&AEE). Built 1951. Aircraft history and location


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    1951AEGHIsecond of two Skeeter 3 funded by Ministry of Supply as a development airframe. First flight at Eastleigh in .
    1951-10BEGDM Trials trials for Army at A&AEE, mediocre results
    1952-01CHMS Siskin Trials with 705 NAS to Gosport for trials with 705 NAS, until c Feb 1952
    1952-03after RN trials, re-engined Mar 1952 with the Cirrus Bombardier 702 engine and re-designated as a Skeeter 3B.
    1953-03BEGDM Trials To A&AEE during Mar 1953, but resonance problems remained. Aeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment
    1953-05AEGHI Destroyed after further resonance reduction research and modification, the aircraft destroyed itself in May 1953, during a ground run trial due to resonance. This was the catalyst for the Ministry of Supply removing further funding from the whole Skeeter programme, until SARO had resolved the problem.

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