Westland Sioux
united kingdom Army Air Corps

Del'd: 193 - 1965 to 1978


Bell 47G-3B-1 Sioux won the Light Helicopter Competition between Hughes 300 and the Hiller 12E-4 (coming second), the Brantly B-2 a late entrant - in March 1964, to replace the Skeeter. The deal was politically complicated by a need to sell Rolls Royce aero engines to Italy, so the first 50 were supplied by Agusta and remainder from Westland.
First deliveries were from Apr 1965 and initial maintenance difficulties (of these and the Agusta supplied models - which began deliveries in 1964) were largely overcome by July 1965, with final deliveries at the end of 1968. Known as the Clockwork Mouse or Iron Budgie in AAC service. 666 Squadron was the last UK unit to retire its Sioux in Feb 1978, followed by 11 Flight (in Brunei and Hong Kong) in Sep 1978.

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1972/77AAC Flight BATUSCA CFB Suffield
1970/757 FltDE RAF Gatow
1969/7816 FltCY Dhekelia
1969/78657 SquadronColchester Kirkee
Long Kesh
DE Bournemouth Barracks
1969/78665 SquadronColchester McMunn
1969/77662 SquadronDE Waterloo Barracks, Münster
1969/75660 SquadronLong Kesh
DE Soest
RAF Topcliffe
1969/    Historic Aircraft Flight AAC Middle Wallop
1969/??663 Squadron
1967/691 FltDE Detmold
??/78666 Squadron (Volunteers)AAC Netheravon
RAF Topcliffe
??/7811 Flt
UNFICYP FlightCY Nicosia (Lefkosia)

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