united kingdom Boscombe Down

Boscombe Down, England
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1917 to present

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


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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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
1995/01Defence Evaluation and Research Agency
1992/93826 squadronsea king 1988/93
sea king 1981/93
1992/nowAircraft & Armament Evaluation Establishment
1968/nowEmpire Test Pilots School
1943/45Empire Test Pilots School
1939/92Aeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment
??/12Boscombe Down Aviation Collectionsycamore 2007/now
wasp 1995/now


News about this location :

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

Cobham Bell 412 Support for QinetiQ, 02-Jun-16 : Cobham sign contract to provide Helicopter support to the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron. A Bell 412 Griffin HAR.2 will be based at MOD Boscombe Down

Modified Boeing Chinook Mk3 Completes 1st Test Flight, 07-Jul-09 : UK Chinook Mk3 helicopter completed its first test flight Boscombe Down facility during the flight testing and evaluation phase of the Mk3 reversion program.




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DatesOrg/TypeUnit
1965-sep Ministry of Defence (MoD)waspXT414
1990-jun-09 CH-47C ChinookZA718
1990-jun-09 SA341D Gazelle HT.3XZ936
1990-jun-09 Sea King HAS.1XV714
1992 Ministry of Defence (MoD)SA341C Gazelle HT.2XZ939
1992-jun-01 Wessex HC.2XT601
1992-jun-12 Wessex HC.2XS679 / WG
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament International206L-1 Long RangerG-OSIB
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke Luchtmachtbo105cbB-67
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDE Heeresfliegerbo105m80+03
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDE Heeresfliegerbo105p PAH-186+06
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDE HeeresfliegerCH-53G84+10
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDE HeeresfliegerCH-53G85+08
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalFleet Air ArmLynx HAS3ZD252
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMinistry of Defence (MoD)Lynx HAS3ZD249
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDK Kongelige Danske MarineLynx mk80S-175
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Marine LuchtvaartdienstLynx Mk81283
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDE MarinefliegerLynx mk8883+15
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDE MarinefliegerMi-8TB94+12
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDK FlyvevåbnetS-61A-1U-278
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRoyal Air ForceSA330E PumaXW227
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalArmy Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1XZ347
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalFleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XW907
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalFleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2ZB647
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalFleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XW864
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalFleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2ZB649
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalFleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XW884
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalFleet Air ArmSA341C Gazelle HT.2XX441
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMinistry of Defence (MoD)SA341D Gazelle HT.3XZ936
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRoyal Air ForceSA341D Gazelle HT.3XX396
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 Alouette IIIA-465
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 Alouette IIIH-20
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 Alouette IIIA-453
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 Alouette IIIA-398
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 Alouette IIIA-324
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 Alouette IIIA-390
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 Alouette IIIA-350
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalNL Koninklijke LuchtmachtSE3160 Alouette IIIA-343
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRoyal Air ForceSea King HAR.3ZE370
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMinistry of Defence (MoD)Sea King HC.4ZF115
1992-jun-13 Air tournament InternationalMinistry of Defence (MoD)Sea King HC.4ZG829
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMinistry of Defence (MoD)Sea King HC.4ZB506
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalDE MarinefliegerSea King Mk.4189+55
1992-jun-13 Super Lynx mk88a8315
1992-jun-13 DE LuftwaffeUH-1D71+18
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRoyal Air ForceWessex HC.2XS679
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalRoyal Air ForceWessex HC.2XT601
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMinistry of Defence (MoD)Wessex HC.2XR503
1992-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalMinistry of Defence (MoD)Wessex HU.5XS509
1992-jun-14 bo105m8003
1992-aug-20 accidentMinistry of Defence (MoD)Sea King HC.4ZG829
1993-may Royal Air ForceCH-47D ChinookZA718
1993-jun-25 Sea King HC.4ZB507
2001-jun-30 AS355F1 Ecureuil 2 ZJ635
2002-jul homeportQinetiQMerlin HM.1ZH832
2002-jul QinetiQSea King HC.4ZB506
2003-sep-29 AS355F1 Ecureuil 2 ZJ635
2003-oct-16 MH-47E ChinookZH898
2004-mar-16 AS355F1 Ecureuil 2 ZJ635
2004-mar-16 LynxZD559
2004-mar-16 SA341B Gazelle AH.1ZB673 / P
2004-apr-14 Sea King HC.4ZB506
2004-apr-23 SA341D Gazelle HT.3ZB625
2004-may-19 SA341D Gazelle HT.3XZ936
2004-jun-07 SA341B Gazelle AH.1XX381
2004-jul-13 NL Koninklijke LuchtmachtAS532U2 Cougar S-454
2004-jul-13 Ministry of Defence (MoD)Lynx AH7ZD560
2004-jul-13 Ministry of Defence (MoD)SA341D Gazelle HT.3XZ936
2004-jul-13 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3ZA105
2004-sep-03 Sea King HAS.5ZA166 / CU-828
2004-oct-21 CH-47D ChinookZD575
2005-jan-28 Merlin HC.3ZJ137 / W
2005-mar-11 CH-47D ChinookZA709
2005-mar-23 212ZJ969
2005-mar-23 Sea King HAS.5ZA166 / CU-828
2005-apr-27 Lynx AH7ZD560
2005-sep-27 AS355F1 Ecureuil 2 ZH141
2005-nov-21 AS355F1 Ecureuil 2 ZJ635
2006-jan-25 WAH-64 ApacheZJ183
2006-mar-22 SA341D Gazelle HT.3XZ936
2006-sep-26 CH-47D ChinookZA710 / BC
2010-jul-15 Army Air CorpsA109aZE410
2010-jul-15 Army Air CorpsLynx AH1ZD273
2010-jul-15 homebaseMinistry of Defence (MoD)Lynx AH7ZD560
2010-jul-15 homebaseQinetiQSA341B Gazelle AH.1XX449
2010-jul-15 Army Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1ZB691
2010-jul-15 homebaseMinistry of Defence (MoD)SA341D Gazelle HT.3XZ936
2010-jul-15 homebaseQinetiQSea King HAS.1XV651
2010-jul-15 Army Air CorpsWAH-64 ApacheZJ206
2011 Ministry of Defence (MoD)SA341D Gazelle HT.3QinetiQ
2012-jun-13 Air Tournament InternationalArmy Air CorpsLynx AH9ZG888
2012-jul-09 AW109E PowerZE416
2012-aug-29 Ministry of Defence (MoD)Lynx AH7ZD560
2014-jun-02 AccidentQinetiQSA341D Gazelle HT.3XZ936
2016-aug-06 Army Air CorpsSA341B Gazelle AH.1XZ340


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