united kingdom 25 Flight, Army Air Corps

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25 Flight, Army Air Corps
25 Flight was one of a small number of independent AAC Flights in out-of-area locations, under the command of UK Land Forces. The AAC has provided air support since the early 1970s, initially for British Honduras and subsequently in logistic support of the Belize Defence Force, post-indpendence. Since 1 Oct 1994, 25 Flight also supported the British Army Training Support Unit Belize (BATSUB), which focusses on Jungle training. Since 1972, maintenance had been provided by a detatchment of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), although in line with 2001/02 MoD thinking, this was outsourced to a private contractor since 2003.

Initially operating Alouette IIs, the unit had 4 Gazelles by 1987. 2 of these were replaced by Lynx AH.1, then the AH.7 by the time Bristow took over provision of airframes and maintenance in 2003, rotating in 3 Bell 212s. AAC crews served a 4 to 6 month tour on detatchment with 25 Flight at Price Barracks.

Following a decision to draw down, 25 Flight flew its last mission in Belize on 15 Jul 2011 and in Sep 2011 it returned to the UK Army Air Corps Centre at Middle Wallop and reverted to a Flight of 671 Squadron.

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
2013/    KE Nanyuki AirportHKNY
2011/13AAC Middle WallopEGVP
1972/11BZ Philip S W Goldson International Airport (PGIA)MZBZ

Models

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YearsModels
2003/    212
1979/03SA341B Gazelle AH.1



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