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  • Del'd: 135 - 1955 to 1981





    Helicopters

    Royal Air Force Whirlwind

    The Whirlwind HAR.2 first entered RAF service in Feb 1955 with 22 Squadron, alongside its Sycamores. Used for Tactical Transport and Search and Rescue operations in the UK and overseas. The HAR.4 was an improved HAR.2, for hot and high operations. The Queen's Flight used a converted HAR.2 from Spring 1958, followed by a pair of HCC.8s and then the HCC.12 until Dec 1967. The more powerful Whirlwind HAR.10 was introduced in Nov 1961 with 225 Squadron. The last Whirlwind HAR.10 retired from 202 Squadron in Nov 1981, after the unit had begun to convert to the Sea King HAR.3.



    The Whirlwind HAR 10 continiued in RAF service with 84 Squadron in both the SAR role (A Flight) and the UN support role (B Flight) until final withdrawal of the type on 1st March 1982.


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    Units


    YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
    1972/8284 Squadron CY RAF Akrotiri
    1970/8132 (The Royal) Squadron RAF Northolt
    1969/701564 Flt
    1968/7228 SquadronHK Kai Tak
    1964/81202 SquadronBrawdy
    RAF Coltishall
    RAF Boulmer
    RAF Lossiemouth
    RAF Leconfield
    RAF Leuchars
    Ouston
    RAF Coltishall
    Acklington
    Thorney Island
    1964/67SAR Flight, KhormaksarYE Khormaksar / Aden International
    1964/661310 FltGY Timehri Airport
    RAF Odiham
    1963/72103 SquadronSG Tengah Air Base
    SG Changi International Airport
    MY Butterworth
    SG Seletar
    CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)
    1963/721563 FltCY RAF Akrotiri
    CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)
    1963/71110 SquadronSG Changi International Airport
    SG Seletar
    MY Butterworth
    1962/71230 SquadronRAF Odiham
    RAF Wittering
    RAF Odiham
    MY Labuan
    DE Gütersloh
    RAF Odiham
    1962/64228 SquadronRAF Coltishall
    RAF Leuchars
    RAF Leconfield
    Acklington
    Norwich Airport
    1961/65225 SquadronMY Kuching
    SG Seletar
    RAF Odiham
    1960/62225 SquadronRAF Odiham
    Andover
    1959/62228 SquadronRAF Leuchars
    RAF Leconfield
    Acklington
    Norwich Airport
    1959/60110 SquadronMY Butterworth
    MY Simpang
    1959275 SquadronAldergrove
    RAF Leconfield
    Acklington
    RAF Leuchars
    Norwich Airport
    1958/69Queens FlightRAF Benson
    1958/59217 SquadronNewquay / St Mawgan
    1957/581360 FltNewquay / St Mawgan
    19571439 Flt
    1955/8122 SquadronRAF Leconfield
    RAF Leuchars
    Kent International / Manston
    Brawdy
    Thorney Island
    RAF Coltishall
    Thorney Island
    Kent International / Manston
    RMB Chivenor
    Newquay / St Mawgan
    RAF Valley
    Thorney Island
    1955/59JEHUAndover
    AAC Middle Wallop
    1955/581362 FltAU Maralinga
    1955155 SquadronMY Simpang
    1954/59155 SquadronMY Simpang
    ??/762FTSRAF Shawbury
    RAF Tern Hill



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