Westland Wessex HC.2
in
uruguay Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya


Uruguayan Air Force





Del'd: 11 - 1997 to 2007






Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya Wessex HC.2




Wessex were first operated by the Uruguayan Navy. In 1997 the navy was negotiating a second batch of these helicopters at a very low price of adquisition. The Uruguayan Air Force showed interest on buy some at the same time and finally the Royal Air Force sold five units for the Air Force and three for the Navy. They were on service on the FAU from 1997 to 2003.
Actually the first batch of Mk2 to Uruguay Air Force was of 6, from 28th (AC) Squadron, Hong Kong, and to Uruguay Navy of 5 from 2nd Helicopter School at RAF Shawbury. After that, AF received two batches of 2 (2002) and 3 (2003). As of March 2018 they are:; 070 Air Brigade I (Carrasco Air Base) as Gate Guardian; 071 at Soriano Department, Cardona city at a public site; 072 at Carrasco Air Base, as Gate Guardian at 5th Air Squadron (Helicopters); 073 scrapped at Durazno Army Batallion as jump platform, 074 scrapped; 075 scrapped at 14th Infantry Batallion (Paradivers) as jump Platform; 076 Aeronautical museum at Carrasco Air Base; 077 scrapped at Nueva Helvecia air club, Colonia department; 078 at Aeronautical Technical School as engineer students training aid; 079 (have to be confirmed); 080 as gate Guardian at Aeronautical Technical School (the school that forms te engineers at Air Force)


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    wa137 1963     070: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XR515
Royal Air Force XR515: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA137, f/f: 15/01/1964, del R+
    wa144 1964     071: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XR522; Gate Guardian Grupo 1 FAU at Ca+
Royal Air Force XR522: ff 22 Apr 1964, dd 1 May 1964 . 78 Sq/O by 1965, HOCF/B+
    wa532 1966     072: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT605
Royal Air Force XT605: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA532, f/f: 20/07/1966; del R+
    wa543 1966     073: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT675
Royal Air Force XT675: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA543, f/f: 24/01/1967; del R+
    wa541 1966     074: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT673
Royal Air Force XT673: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA541, f/f: 14/12/1966; del R+

Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AY
    wa546 1967     075: FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT678
Royal Air Force XT678: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA546, f/f: 26/02/1967; del R+
    wa122 1963     076: FAU d/d 20jun02; ex RAF XR497; sep02 in service with EA5
Royal Air Force XR497: RAF d/d 28feb63; SAR duty at RAF Valley with 202 Sq by+

First flown by me on 02aug68 on 78Sqn at Sharjah. This +

202 Sqn was NEVER at RAF Valley, However 22 Sqn was

noted at RAF Leuchars airshow 02sep78

Jul80 pictured (top) at Koksijde, Belgium
    wa618 1968     077: FAU d/d 2002; ex RAF XV723
Royal Air Force XV723: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA618, f/f 08jan68; del Royal+

14may95 pictured as /Q 72 Sqd at North Weald Air Show

Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AQ

17apr80 noted at RAF Odiham
    wa536 1966     078: FAU d/d 2003; ex RAF XT668
Royal Air Force XT668: Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA536, f/f: 06/10/1966; del R+

Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AS
    wa544 1966     079: FAU d/d 2003; ex RAF XT676
Royal Air Force XT676: RAF; 2003 to Uruguay as 079

HC.2 72 Sq / I, visited RAF Shawbury on 8 Jul 1999
    wa616 1967     080: FAU d/d 2003, ex RAF XV721
Royal Air Force XV721: RAF Wessex HC.2 d/d 31jan68

06may70 as 72Sqn /AK at Farnborough Airshow 1970

05jul70 as 18Sqn /K at Wildenrath open day

24+25jul99 as 72Sqn /H at Fairford air show

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