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  • united kingdom 6th International Helicopter SAR Competition

    RNAS Lee-on-Solent, UK

    07-jul-72    to    12-jul-72

    Crews from many NATO nations (including USA and Canada) used to exchange operating experience and practices at this once-annual event, whilst competing in Scramble, Navigation and Precision Winching techniques for the Henri Dunant Trophy. The 6th competition was staged in the UK at RNAS Lee-on-Solent in early Jul 1972. There were 12 teams, each of two crews and airframes, from 8 nations. For the Royal Navy, Wessex HAS.1 XM845 was held as a spare airframe.

    As it turned out, this was the last of the annual International SAR events organised.


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    DatesRotary Wing Aircraft UnitModels
        07jul72 to 12jul72 NL SAR Flight Koninklijke Luchtmacht SE3160 / SA316A Alouette III
        07jul72 to 12jul72 NL vsq 7 Marine Luchtvaartdienst S-58 H-34
        07jul72 to 12jul72 UK 202 Squadron Royal Air Force Whirlwind
        07jul72 to 12jul72 UK 771 Squadron Fleet Air Arm Wessex

    Not all models shown may have taken part in the Operation

    Individual helicopters

    Model IDs
    Sikorsky S-61A-1 U-275     U-280    
    Sikorsky H-34G III 80+84     80+98    
    Westland Wessex HAS.1 XM326     XM845     XS888    
    Aerospatiale SE3160 / SA316A Alouette III H-75    
    Sud Aviation SA321G Super Frelon 120    
    Sud Aviation HSS-1 Seabat B4     B5    


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