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 SquadronCY 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 Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
1957/581360 FltNewquay Cornwall Airport (RAF 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 Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
RAF Valley
Thorney Island
1955/59JEHUAndover
AAC Middle Wallop
1955/581362 FltAU Maralinga
1955155 SquadronMY Simpang
1954/59155 SquadronMY Simpang
2FTSRAF Shawbury
RAF Tern Hill


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