Bristol Type 171 Sycamore

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12835 Sycamore 1 1947 UK VL958 : ff 24 Jul 1947 built to Air Min Spec E.20/45
12836 Sycamore 1 1947 UK G-ALOU : reg allocated Apr 1949. Transferred to VL963 Aug 1949 +
UK VL963 : VL963 ff Feb 1948; w/o 8 Sep 1953 Farnborough, UK
12869 Sycamore 2 1948 UK G-AJGU : Built to Air Min Spec E.34/46 and reg G-AJGU in Feb 194+
UK VW905 : VW905 and ff 2 Sep 1949; Scrapped at Farnborough Dec 1+
12887 Sycamore 3 1949 UK G-ALSS : G-ALSS (ntu). To RAF
UK WA576 : to RAF 15 Nov 1950. Served with A&AEE and RAE.
to 7900M Dec 1955; Sold May 1973
WA576 : to Strathallan collection by Aug 1974. Stored there by +
7900M. Museum of Flight, East Fortune by c 1988 ?
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum by Jun 1987, sti+
12888 Sycamore 3 1948 UK G-ALST : 3rd production Sycamore. Allocated G-ALST (ntu) by Jun +
UK WA577 : To RAE Boscombe Down, to RAF Jan 1953, 194Sq, wfu.
G.I. as 7718M with No.4 SoTT at St Athan; to 492 ATC S+
WA577 North East Aircraft Museum : to North East Aircraft Museum in 1981. Still there Dec +
12889 Sycamore 3 1949 UK G-ALSU : Pre-production Mk.3; To RAF for Army Cooperation as WA5+
UK WA578 : 1st military version. Became Sycamore HC.10 prototype, +
w/o 3 Jul 1956 overturned following forced landing, ESE+
12890 Sycamore 3 1950 UK G-ALSV : Reg G-ALSV 17 Nov 1950; To RAF for Army Cooperation as +
UK WT923 : HC.11 WT923, to 1906 Flt; 657 Sq;651 Sq; Metropolitan C+
12891 Sycamore 3 1949 UK G-ALSW : 4th Mk.3 built (at Filton). Reg G-ALSW Nov 1950; To Min+
UK WT933 : A&AEE for tropical trials in Nairobi and icing trials i+
to Halton as 7709M 18 Nov 1960; to Strensall; to Sutton+
UK WT933 : to Newark Air Museum Jun 1980. Still there Mar 1984, Ma+
12892 Sycamore 3 1951 UK G-ALSX : Built at Filton. Sea trials on HMS Triumph during 1952;+
Acquired May 1969 by the British Rotorcraft Collection,+
transferred to Imperial War Museum Duxford on 5 Feb 197+
12Jul15 pictured at International Helicopter Museum, We+
12894 Sycamore 3 1951 UK G-ALSZ : Reg ntu, to WV695.
UK WV695 : Del Aug 1951;to RAAF
AU A91-1 : Ex G-ALSZ and WV695. Allocated A80-2 (but never applied+
AU VH-GVR : Registered VH-GVR 10 Jun 1966 to 25 Jan 1967, when dama+
12896 Sycamore 3 1950 UK G-ALTB : ntu to RAF WT939, c Feb 1953
UK WT939 : Cold weather trials. w/o 4 Jan 1958 at Boscombe Down wh+
12897 Sycamore 3 UK G-ALTC : G-ALTC. To RAF (Army Cooperation) as HC.11 in May 1952
UK WT926 : HC.11 to RAF (pre Army Air Corps) 657 Sq
w/o 10apr53 asg 657 Sq destroyed by ground resonance on+
12898 Sycamore 3 1950 UK G-ALTD : reg G-ALTD to Bristol Aeroplane Co on 17 Nov 1950; tran+
UK WV781 : HR.12, based at St Eval by 1952
noted visiting on 7 Jul 1952
ASWDU St Mawgan; CFS (H); HDU Old Sarum
participated in 1959 Bleriot Air Race (Marble Arch, Lon+
to Odiham as G I 7839M 1964, still 1981, left Feb 1984
Feb 1984 to RAF Finningley for rebuild. Sold during 198+
WV781 : to Caernarfon Air World museum by 1990; cockpit section+
12899 Sycamore 3 1952 UK G-ALTE : Reg ntu. To RAF as HR.12 in Apr 1952
UK WV782 : to ASWDU St Mawgan
16 Sep 1952 - crashed in St Austell during night landin+
12900 Sycamore 3 1952 UK G-ALSP : Sycamore 3 G-ALSP assigned but not taken up (ntu)
UK WV783 : HR.12 WV783 del RAF 31 Oct 1952
Accident on 4 Feb 1953
ASWDU St Mawgan; CFS (H); HDU Old Sarum
JWE Old Sarum until c Mar 1964
1 Apr 1964, to 7841M
to RAF Museum store, Henlow by Jun 1975. Still present +
to RAF Museum store, Cardington by Sep 1995
to RAF Museum Reserve Collection, Wyton by Mar 2000
to Medway Aircraft Preservation Society by Mar 2002 for+
to RAF Museum, Hendon, since at least 2006
03Apr18 pictured in CFS(H) markings at RAF Museum, Hend+
13063 Sycamore 3 AU XA219 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
13064 Sycamore 3 1952 AU XA220 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
preserved at Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra in silver over+
13065 Sycamore 3 AU XA221 : Built as Sycamore HR.50
13066 Sycamore 3 1953 UK XD196 : Sycamore HR.13 (for ASR evaluation). Del RAF Apr 1953
w/o 13 Jan 1954 near RAF Linton-on-Ouse, while with 275+
13067 Sycamore 3 1953 UK XD197 : Sycamore HR.13 (second of 2 built for ASR evaluation). +
w/o 17 Nov 1955 after it rolled over, following autorot+
13068 Sycamore 3 UK G-AMWG : Mk 3A. To BEA. Returned to Bristol in 1956; Charterd b+
AU VH-INQ : To Ansett-ANA as VH-INQ by Sep 1959
13069 Sycamore 3 UK G-AMWH : Mk 3A. To BEA
w/o 15 Aug 1964
13070 Sycamore 4 1952 UK G-AMWI : Built Filton. Prototype Sycamore Mk.4 ff May 1953. (mar+
Attended a well publicised Helicopter Party in Jun 1958+
AU XR592 : converted to HR.51, sold to RAN May 1961 and XR592 allo+
AU VH-BAW : VH-BAW stored, wfu 14/08/1972
XR592 : 1979 Camden Museum of Aviation, restored to RAN marking+
Still with the Thomas Collection (at Narellan), by 2008+
13071 Sycamore 4 1953 UK XD653 : Built as HC.51 Allocated G-AMWJ (not used). Delivered t+
AU XD653 : to Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra, in Navy colours as XD65+
After RAN service, preserved in Nowra, New South Wales.
13144 Sycamore 4 1952 UK XE306 : HR.14 Del Nov 1953 to A&AEE
UK XE306 : w/o 28 Jul 1954, Overturned after power loss in low hov+
13145 Sycamore 4 1952 UK XE307 : HR.14 Del A&AEE Nov 1953
UK XE307 : 17 Sep 1959 Crashed and w/o in Cyprus, c 8nm SE of Nico+
13146 Sycamore 4 1953 UK XD654 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN 1954. To RAN +
AU XD654 : Ditched alongside RN HMS Hermes while operating from HM+
13147 Sycamore 4 1953 UK XD655 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN Mar 1954. To +
AU XD655 : RAN Oct 1954
13148 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XD656 : Built as HR.51 at Filton. Delivered to RN Mar 1954. To +
AU XD656 : To RAN Oct 1954. Ditched off HMAS Melbourne and w/o, 4 +
13149 Sycamore 4 1953 UK XE308 : HR.14 to Bristol; used in the Type 192 metal rotor blad+
UK XE308 : 3 Nov 1965 w/o when rolled over on take off from Boscom+
13150 Sycamore 4 1953 UK XE309 : HR.14 Del RAF; Eastleigh Stn Flt; Aden Protectorate C+
Lost control at low level and crashed while with CFS(H)+
13151 Sycamore 4 1953 UK XE310 : HR.14 to RAF
13152 Sycamore 4 1953 UK XE311 : HR.14 Del RAF; To 194 Sq / B.
04apr64 as 110 Sq /B pictured post-landing fire at But+
13153 Sycamore 4 1953 UK XE312 : HR.14 to RAF
13194 Sycamore 4 1953 UK G-AMWK : Reg ntu ? to RAF as XE313 c Sep 1953
UK XE313 : HR.14 to RAF
w/o 6 Jan 1958, after losing height on take off and cra+
13195 Sycamore 4 1952 UK G-AMWL : Registered 1 Dec 1952. Cancelled 30 Sep 1953, to RAF XE+
UK XE314 : HR.14 Del RAF, to 194 Sq.
w/o 7 Dec 1954 when crashed on take-off at Fort Selim, +
13196 Sycamore 4 1952 UK G-AMWM : Registered G-AMWM 1 Dec 1952. Cancelled 30 Sep 1953, to+
UK XE315 : HR.14 Del RAF for 194 Sq
w/o Crashed into river and sank after tail rotor fault+
13197 Sycamore 4 1952 UK G-AMWN : Registered G-AMWN 1 Dec 1952. Cancelled Sep 1953, to RA+
UK XE316 : HR.14 Del RAF Sep 1953, for 194 Sq.
w/o 30 Jan 1955, Overturned by wind, Fort Selim, Malaya+
13198 Sycamore 4 1952 UK G-AMWO : Reg G-AMWO ntu ? To RAF as XE317
UK XE317 : RAF Sycamore HR.14
Feb 1955, 275 Sq B Flt detached to RAF North Coates
275 Sq B Flt by Apr 1959, when unit departed Aldergrov+
118 Sq by Sep 1959
118 Sq; 225 Sq; 118 Sq; CFS (H) / S-N
XE317 : may78 pres Newark Air Museum in CFS c/s coded S-N - pho+
Pres at Firbeck, Yorkshire present jul97 photo www.airp+
under restoration at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, D+
13199 1954 BE B-1 : Built as HR.14B, G-AMWP. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKA. +
13200 1954 BE B-2 : Built as HR.14B, G-AMWR. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKB.
Burned, Aug 1960.
13201 1954 UK G-AMWS : Built as HR.14B, reg G-AMWS on 1 Dec 1952. To Belgian A+
BE B-3 : ex G-AMWS. To FAB with call sign OT-ZKC; w/o 20 Jan 195+
13202 Sycamore 4 UK G-AMWT : Mk.4 built at Filton, reg G-AMWT (ntu ?); to RAAF Jan 1+
AU A91-2 : to RAAF Jan 1955
w/o 13 Dec 1960 at Lake Hart, nr Woomera; soc 12 Oct 19+
13203 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG506 : HR.14 built at Filton and del RAF 6 May 1955
Joined 118 Sq at Aldergrove on 4 Sep 1959.
6 Dec 1961, landed due to poor weather, while with 118 +
275 Sq; 118 Sq; 225 Sq; 118 Sq; 72 Sq; Metropolitan Co+
to Halton as G I 7852M, 16 Jun 1964; believed disposed +
to Bomber County Aviation Museum on 19 Nov 1983
moved to Hemswell, when BCAM relocated in 1989, until N+
Departed Hemswell for Doncaster during Nov 2000, (for u+
13220 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XE318 : HR.14 Del RAF c Oct 1954
w/o 13 Sep 1955, when flipped over during take off in M+
13221 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XE319 : HR.14. Del RAF c Aug 1954
w/o 21feb59 crashed following main rotor failure south +
13222 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XE320 : HR.14 Del RAF; CFS; APS Sylt; 225 Sq; CFS
crashed after loss of control near Peplow on 13 Oct 196+
13223 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XE321 : HR.14 Del RAF c Oct 1954
w/o 6 Sep 1956 forced landing nr Ipoh, following failed+
13224 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XE322 : HR.14. Del RAF c Nov 1954; To 194 Sq.
w/o 20 Mar 1961, crashed in river in Malaya after abort+
13225 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XF265 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Dec 1954
w/o 10 Jul 1956 while operating with 275 Sq from RAF Le+
13226 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XF266 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF
194 Sq after Oct 1954; 110 Sq after 1960, still Sep 196+
13227 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XF267 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF.
w/o 27feb59 crashed following main rotor failure 3.5nm +
13228 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XF268 : HR.14 Del RAF 1 Feb 1955
w/o 8 Jul 1955 on Mt Olympus, Cyprus, while with Nicosi+
13229 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XF269 : HR.14 Del RAF Feb 1955
w/o 8 Feb 1966, while taking off from Ternhill, as CFS(+
13240 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XJ363 : HR.14. Del RAF Jun 1955
w/o 20 May 1957 after forced landing following engine m+
13242 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ380 : dd RAF as HR.14 on 22 Oct 1956;275 Sq; 228 Sq; CFS / S-+
to Catterick Fire School 6 Mar 1968 as 8628M / S-M
to RAF Finningley 26 Jan 1979 and restored to SAR marki+
HR.14. To New Byth, Grampian in 1991
to Montrose Air Station Museum by 1994 until Feb 2007
UK XJ380 : private owner in Drighlington, S. Yorks by 1988 until 1+
to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Jun 2007. Restorat+
13243 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ381 : HR.14. Del RAF May 1956
w/o 7 Aug 1957 after blades struck ground during landin+
13245 Sycamore 4 1954 UK XG500 : HR.14 ff Jan 1955, dd Feb 1955 JEHU-JHU/1 by Oct 1956
JHU / 1 participated in Suez action Nov 1956
Tail rotor failure on landing 14 Dec 1961, a/c abandone+
13246 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG501 : HR.14 dd 9 Mar 1955. While operating with 275 Sq from +
13247 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG502 : RAF Sycamore HR.14 d/d 04mar55; preserved at Army Museu+
JHU / 2, participated in Suez action Nov 1956
275 Sq F Flt Jul 1957
118 Sq in Nov 1961.
UK XG502 : HR.14, Gate Guardian at AAC Middle Wallop until c May 1+
to Museum of Army Flying, Middle Wallop by May 1983
13248 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XJ361 : HR.14 del RAF Mar 1955
w/o 2 Sep 1958 following tail rotor failure at Khormaks+
13264 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG503 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Mar 1955
UK XG503 : 23 May 1955, First helicopter to visit the Bristol Aero+
CFS (H); MCS; HDU; CFS (H) ; MCS
to Odiham fire dump by 1968
13265 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG504 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Mar1955
Khormaksar SAR Flt; CFS (H); MCS; 32 Sq
To a roadside service station nr Rotherham Aug 1972; To+
13266 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XJ362 : HR.14. Del RAF May 1955
w/o 27jun56 asg JEHU damaged by ground resonance at Bul+
13267 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG505 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF May 1955
25 Jun 1956 ditched in sea off North Coates after engin+
13268 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG510 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jul 1955
w/o 5 Feb 1956 rolled over when taking off in Perak, Ma+
13269 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG509 : HR.14 built at Filton, del RAF Jul 1955; 275 Sq; 228 Sq+
275 Sq B Flt by Apr 1959, when unit departed Aldergrov+
Struck ground in turn and rolled at Ternhill on 13 Feb +
13271 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG511 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jul 1955
Rotor struck ships mast during rescue and crashed off F+
13272 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG512 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jul 1955
Rotors struck ground after nosewheel collapsed on landi+
13273 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG513 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Aug 1955.
w/o 16 Sep 1957 spun in on landing, following tail roto+
13368 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG514 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Aug 1955
Jan 1956 transferred from 275 Sq A Flt to B Flt at RAF +
275 Sq F Flt by Feb 1958
Rolled during sloping ground practice at Ternhill on 10+
13369 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG515 : HR.14 built at Filton, del RAF Aug 1955
JEHU; JHU / 4, participated in Suez action Nov 1956
ex JHU; MCS; 225 Sq; CFS (H)
May 1968 to 8008M at RAF Halton
13370 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG516 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Sep 1955
w/o 18 Feb 1957, rolled over after rotors struck tree d+
13371 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG517 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Oct 1955
Rotors struck ground on landing at Tobruk on 23 Aug 196+
13372 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG518 : HR.14 dd Oct 1955. Amman Stn Flt; Habbinya Stn Flt; El +
XG518 North East Aircraft Museum : to North East Aircraft Museum 15 Mar 1983, still Sep 19+
to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum before 2000, still+
20Jun19 pictured at Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum+
13373 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG519 : HR.14 built at Filton, del RAF Nov 1955
194 Sq; 110 Sq
24 Jan 1964 crashed in Malaya and burnt out, while with+
13374 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG520 : built at Filton, dd 14 Nov 1955. Rolled over at South C+
13375 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG521 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Nov 1955
118 Sq by Sep 1959
w/o 13 Oct 1961, crashed at RAF Aldergrove, while servi+
13376 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG522 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Dec 1955.
w/o 4 Apr 1961, crashed in Pahang State, Peninsular Mal+
13377 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG523 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Dec 1955.
JEHU by Jan 1956; JHU / 5, participated in Suez action +
ex JHU/5 ; 225 Squadron Jan 1960; CFS-H/V by c Apr 1962+
to NEAM Sunderland by Dec 1993. Nose section only.
XG523 : Nose section preserved as / V, at Norfolk and Suffolk A+
20Jun19 pictured at Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum+
13378 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG538 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jul 1956.
w/o 14 Sep 1960 rolled over on take off, while with 110+
13379 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG539 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jan 1956.
w/o 1 Aug 1958 after tail rotor struck cables in the ce+
13380 Sycamore 4 1955 UK XG540 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jan 1956.
CFS (H) / Y-S; Bristol Aeroplane Company; MCS
23 Jul 1965 - forced landing following engine failure w+
sacrificed so many spares to other Sycamores around the+
13381 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG541 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Feb 1956
w/o 20 Jul 1958 when struck ground during forced landin+
13382 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG542 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jun 1956.
w/o 4 Jun 1958, when rolled over after snagging tail ro+
13383 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG543 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Mar 1956
w/o 23 Sep 1958 tail rotor struck tree and crashed, whi+
13384 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG544 : Built at Filton, dd 14 Dec 1956; 275 Sq Feb 1957; 72 Sq+
118 Sq 27 Oct 1961, to replace damaged XG521.
Temporarily withdrawn from 118 Sq in Northern Ireland v+
MCS (Metro Comms Sq) Jan 1964; 32 Sq Feb 1969 until Au+
XG544 Torbay Aircraft Museum : Flew into Barton Pines on 11 Aug 1972 as one of foundin+
to Tremar by 1989, still 1994. Sold c Nov 2000.
If you think you saw this flying in the 1990s, it will +
13385 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG545 : 1st HR.14 built at Weston-Super-Mare. ff at Weston on 1+
UK XG545 : w/o 16 Jul 1957, ditched into the North Sea 0.5nm off H+
If you think you have seen this flying recently, it wil+
13386 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG546 : HR.14 built at Filton. Del RAF Jun 1956
w/o 31may57, asg 284 Sq destroyed by ground resonance w+
13387 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG547 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14. 284 Sq / 5 by Nov +
RAF Sycamore HR.14; 11sep10 pictured preserved at Musee+
UK G-HAPR : To British Rotorcraft Museum by Mar 1978 as XG547/S-T, +
13388 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG548 : HR.14 5th Sycamore built at Weston-super-Mare, after pr+
UK XG548 : JEHU by Oct 1956; JHU / 6, participated in Suez action+
w/o 10 Jul 1957, rolled over during landing, while with+
13389 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG549 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare. Del RAF Oct 1956
w/o 16 Apr 1958 following forced landing after engine f+
13390 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ383 : HR.14. Del RAF Sep 1956
w/o 26 Jul 1957, rolled over during take off nr Agios N+
13402 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XG507 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare, del RAF Aug 1956
JEHU; JHU / 3, participated in Suez action Nov 1956
ex JEHU; MCS; 225 Sq; CFS (H)
10 Jul 1964 damaged in heavy landing at Ternhill, while+
13404 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ895 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare. Del RAF Oct 1956
275 Sq; 284 Sq from Sep 1959; El Adem Stn Flt; 103 Sq; +
to Catterick fire dump, destroyed by mid 1978
13405 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ896 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare. Del RAF Nov 1956
w/o 10 Feb 1958 when crashed into mountain in Cyprus, w+
13406 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ897 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare. Del RAF Nov 1956
284 Sq; 103 Sq from Aug 1959; 1563 Flt from Aug 1963; C+
to Wattisham fire dump
13408 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ898 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare. Del RAF Nov 1956
284 Sq; 103 Sq from Aug 1959; 1563 Flt from Aug 1963; K+
to Leuchars fire dump
13409 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ915 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare, del RAF Nov 1956; 275+
275 Sq F Flt by Aug 1957
CFS (H) / B-S by 1965, Damaged at Ternhill during prac+
13410 Sycamore 4 1956 UK XJ916 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare, del RAF Nov 1956; 275+
to Manston for Fire Fighting training


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