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  • united kingdom Boscombe Down

    Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, England

    United Kingdom





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    4.0069 Newton Tony, England
    4.3274 Salisbury Plain, England
    4.3121 Porton, England
    4.6009 Bulford Camp, England
    6.5203EGLS Old Sarum, England
    10.5356EGDN AAC Netheravon, England



    1917 to present

    51° 9' 8'' N - 1° 44' 50'' W
    1.5nm SE of Amesbury, Wiltshire
    ICAO: EGDMIATA:
    Elevation: 407 feet




    History of this Location


    Opened briefly in World War I but was closed by 1919. In the pre-WWII expansion, it was re-opened as an RAF base in 1930. At the outbreak of WWII, the Aircraft & Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) was moved here from its more vulnerable site near the East Coast at Martlesham Heath. Almost every production aircraft for the British forces passed through Boscombe Down prior to delivery to units. A Test Pilot school was formed in 1943, to become the Empire Test Pilot School (ETPS) in 1944.
    Test flying became the major function of this base and after WWII, it became a UK Government airfield (rather than an RAF one). Like Fleetlands, the arrangements for managing the site have evolved. The A&AEE became DTEO and it then joined with DRA to become the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in Apr 1995. DERA spilt into a commercial arm (QinetiQ) and a government agency (DSTL) in Jul 2001.

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    List of units at Boscombe Down

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    YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
    normal: Unit no longer at this base
    2018/    744 NAS
    1995/01Defence Evaluation and Research Agency
    1992/93826 NASSea King 1988/93
    Sea King 1981/93
    1992/    A&AEE
    1968/    ETPS
    1943/45ETPS
    1939/92Aeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment
    ??/12BDACType 171 Sycamore 2007/   
    Wasp 1995/   



    Boscombe Down News


    Merlin Crowsnest AEW Delayed, 20-Jul-20 : #Crowsnest The Royal Navy new Airborne Early Warning (AEW) Merlin Crowsnest helicopter for the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers is now expected to reach initial operational capability (IOC) in September 2021

    Royal Navy Reactivates 744 Squadron for Crowsnet Merlin, 28-Nov-18 : #744NAS Royal Navy’ 744 Naval Air Squadron was reactivated at Boscombe Down to introduce the new fleet AEW platform, Crowsnest Merlin, to front-line service over the next 18 months plus the RAF’s upgraded Chinook Mk5s and Mk6s

    QinetiQ H125 Arrived at Boscombe Down ETPS, 23-Mar-18 : QinetiQ’s first H125 / AS350B3e in the new UK MoD Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) livery arrived at MoD Boscombe Down

    Lynx / Sea Venom Missile Compatibility Test, 05-Apr-17 : QinetiQ and the Royal Navy conducted trials at Boscombe Down between a Lynx Mk8 helicopter and the MBDA Sea Venom/ANL anti-ship missile

    QinetiQ Orders 4 H125 for UK MoD ETPS, 01-Mar-17 : QinetiQ ordered 4 Garmin G500-equipped H125 / AS350B3e helicopters to replace the Gazelle in use by the UK MoD’s Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) from 2019

    02-Jun-16 - Cobham Bell 412 Support for QinetiQ
    07-Jul-09 - Modified Boeing Chinook Mk3 Completes 1st Test Flight





    List of aircraft and events at Boscombe Down

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    By Date | By Serial

    DatesOrg/TypeUnit
    1953-mar TrialsAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment Skeeter 3 WF113
    1953-mar TrialsAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment Skeeter 4 WF114
    1954-mar TrialsAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment Skeeter 5 XG303
    1955-aug Trials Skeeter 6 XJ355
    1956-jun-21 AccidentAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment Skeeter 6 XK773
    1957-jun TrialsAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment HAS7 XK906
    1958-jan-04 AccidentAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment Sycamore 3 WT939
    1963-feb-27 AccidentRAF Sycamore 4 XJ919
    1965-sep Aeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment Wasp XT414
    1965-nov-03 AccidentAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment Sycamore 4 XE308
    1979 RAF SA330E XW214
    1986 ETPS RWSETPS AH.1 XP849
    1990-jun-09 CH-47C ZA718
    1990-jun-09 USMC CH-53E 161988
    1990-jun-09 HAS.1 XV714
    1990-jun-09 HT.3 XZ936
    1992 ETPS HT.2 XZ939
    1992-jun-01 HC.2 XT601
    1992-jun-12 HC.2 XS679 / WG
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International299 Squadron 105CB B-67
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalHFWS 105M 80+03
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalHFWS 105P 86+06
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International 206L-1 G-OSIB
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International664 Squadron AH.1 XZ347
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalHFWS CH-53G 84+10
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalHFR25 CH-53G 85+08
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International202 Squadron HAR.3 ZE370
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International815 NAS HAS.3 ZD252
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment HAS.3 ZD249
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International2FTS HC.2 XS679
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRAF HC.2 XT601
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDRA HC.2 XR503
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalAeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment HC.4 ZF115
    1992-jun-13 Air tournament InternationalETPS HC.4 ZG829
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDRA HC.4 ZB506
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International705 NAS HT.2 XW907
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International705 NAS HT.2 ZB647
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International705 NAS HT.2 XW864
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRN HT.2 ZB649
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International705 NAS HT.2 XW884
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International705 NAS HT.2 XX441
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalETPS HT.3 XZ936
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRAF HT.3 XX396
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalETPS HU.5 XS509
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMarineflieger MI-8TB 94+12
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMarineflieger MK41 89+55
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalKongelige Danske Marine MK80 S-175
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMarine Luchtvaartdienst MK81 283
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMarineflieger MK88 83+15
    1992-jun-13 MK88A 8315
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalFlyvevåbnet S-61A-1 U-278
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRAF SA330E XW227
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalGrasshoppers SE3160 A-465
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRNLAF SE3160 H-20
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalGrasshoppers SE3160 A-453
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalGrasshoppers SE3160 A-398
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalGrasshoppers SE3160 A-324
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalGrasshoppers SE3160 A-390
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalGrasshoppers SE3160 A-350
    1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRNLAF SE3160 A-343
    1992-jun-13 Luftwaffe UH-1D 71+18
    1992-jun-14 105M 8003
    1992-aug-20 accidentMinistry of Defence (MoD) HC.4 ZG829
    1993-may RAF CH-47D ZA718
    1993-jun-25 HC.4 ZB507
    1997-aug Rolling Deck trialsWestland EH101 ZF641
    1999-dec ETPSETPS AS355F ZJ635
    2001-jun-30 AS355F ZJ635
    2001-aug StoredRAF MH-47E ZH900
    2002-jul QinetiQ HC.4 ZB506
    2002-jul homeportQinetiQ HM.1 ZH832
    2003-sep-29 AS355F ZJ635
    2003-oct-16 MH-47E ZH898
    2004-mar-16 AH.1 ZB673 / P
    2004-mar-16 AS355F ZJ635
    2004-mar-16 Lynx ZD559
    2004-apr-14 HC.4 ZB506
    2004-apr-23 HT.3 ZB625
    2004-may-19 HT.3 XZ936
    2004-jun-07 AH.1 XX381
    2004-jul-13 ETPS AH7 ZD560
    2004-jul-13 RNLAF AS532U2 S-454
    2004-jul-13 RAF HAR.3 ZA105
    2004-jul-13 ETPS HT.3 XZ936
    2004-sep-03 HAS.5 ZA166 / CU-828
    2004-oct-21 CH-47D ZD575
    2005-jan-28 HC.3 ZJ137 / W
    2005-mar-11 CH-47D ZA709
    2005-mar-23 212 ZJ969
    2005-mar-23 HAS.5 ZA166 / CU-828
    2005-apr-27 AH7 ZD560
    2005-sep-27 AS355F1 ZH141
    2005-nov-21 AS355F ZJ635
    2006-jan-25 WAH-64 ZJ183
    2006-mar-22 HT.3 XZ936
    2006-sep-26 RAF CH-47D ZA710 / BC
    2010-apr HC.3 rebuildQinetiQ MH-47E ZH901
    2010-jul-15 8 Flt A109A ZE410
    2010-jul-15 homebaseQinetiQ AH.1 XX449
    2010-jul-15 AAC AH.1 ZB691
    2010-jul-15 AAC AH1 ZD273
    2010-jul-15 homebaseETPS AH7 ZD560
    2010-jul-15 homebaseQinetiQ HAS.1 XV651
    2010-jul-15 homebaseETPS HT.3 XZ936
    2010-jul-15 AAC WAH-64 ZJ206
    2011 ETPS HT.3 QinetiQ
    2012-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalAAC AH9 ZG888
    2012-jul-09 AW109E ZE416
    2012-aug-29 Ministry of Defence (MoD) AH7 ZD560
    2014-jun-02 AccidentQinetiQ HT.3 XZ936
    2016 Conv HC.5RAF MH-47E ZH898
    2016-aug-06 AAC AH.1 XZ340
    2016-oct QinetiQ HAS.2 XZ575
    2017-jan Sea Venom trials815 NAS HAS.3S ZF558
    2018 ETPSETPS H125 G-ETPF
    2018 ETPSMinistry of Defence (MoD) H125 G-ETPE
    2018 ETPSMinistry of Defence (MoD) H125 G-ETPH
    2018-mar ETPSETPS H125 G-ETPG
    2018-oct Conv to HC.6ARAF CH-47D ZA710
    2018-oct-30 Conv to HC.6A18 Squadron CH-47D ZA670
    2019-aug AAC AH.1 XZ335
    2020-may RN HM.1 ZH858
    2020-may RN HM.1 ZH830
    2020-may RN HM.1 ZH838
    2020-may RN HM.1 ZH848
    2020-may RN HM.1 ZH849
    2020-may RN HM.1 ZH852
    2020-may RN HM.1 ZH855
    2020-may RN HM.1 ZH863



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