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  • united kingdom 32 (The Royal) Squadron

    Royal Air Force



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    32 (The Royal) Squadron
    Formed on 12 Jan 1916 from a core of 21 Squadron at Netheravon, in Wiltshire as a fighter unit. After WWI, it disbanded (1919) but saw service in the inter-war years mostly in southern England. During WWII, it was based in southern England, then moved to North Africa and the Middle East. It disbanded again in Feb 1969 in Cyprus.
    It reformed from the Metropolitan Communications Squadron on 3 Feb 1969 at RAF Northolt. It took on its Sycamore HC.14 and in addition to fixed wing types, it operated the VIP version of the Whirlwind HCC.12 from Jan 1970. The Gazelle HCC.4 was introduced in May 1976 and the Whirlwinds eventually retired in Oct 1981.

    In Apr 1995, the Queens Flight from RAF Benson was merged. As well as the Squadron being honoured with (The Royal) in its title, it also inherited the famous red painted Wessex HCC.4 from the QF. In 1996, the VIP helicopter role was put out to contract, although the Twin Squirrels fly in 32 Squadron colours. VVIP helicopter flights are now conducted by the Royal Household , not part of 32 Squadron.


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    AgustaWestland A109 Power for RAF 32 Squadron, 10-May-05 : AgustaWestland wins contract to provide 3 A109 Power helicopters to RAF 32 (The Royal) Squadron for VIP transport mission



    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    1969/    RAF NortholtEGWU




    Models

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    YearsModels
    2015/    AW109SP GrandNew
    2006/    AW109E Power
    1996/06AS355 ecureuil 2
    1995/98Wessex HCC.4
    1970/81Whirlwind
    1969/72Type 171 Sycamore






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