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  • united kingdom 661 Squadron

    Army Air Corps




    Part of 1 Regiment, AAC



    1943 to present    





    Helicopters

    Reformed as an Army Air Corps squadron on 24 Nov 1969 at Detmold.
    Reformed on 1 Mar 1978 by renumbering 657 Squadron.
    During the first half of 2001, maintained a detachment from Gutersloh, of 2x Lynx AH.9 at Sarajevo.



    661 was Recce Sqn and only flew Gazelle helicopters. When I arrived in 1984 Major Walsh was OC and in 95 we did a 6 month tour of NI at Aldergrove.


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    Locations


    YearsLocationICAO/FAA
    2013/    AAC DishforthEGXD
    2001BA SarajevoLQSA
    1995HR Divulje Barracks Helipad
    1993/13DE G├╝terslohETUO
    1978/93DE HildesheimEDVM
    1976/78Long Kesh
    1969/78DE DetmoldEDLJ


    Models

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    YearsModels
    2011/14Lynx
    2011/15Lynx AH9A
    2004/11 Lynx     Lynx AH9
    1993/05 Lynx     Lynx AH7
    1978/93 Lynx     Lynx AH1
    1977/00SA341B Gazelle AH.1
    1969/79 Scout     Scout AH.1




    661 Squadron List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    f.9649 ah.1 1966 XT643 : 661 Sq; 660 Sq
    1177 ah.1 1974 XW896 : AAC; 1975 661Sqn.
    : present at Ahlhorn Air Show
    1318 ah.1 1975 XX398 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland.; 661Sqn.
    107 ah1 1979 XZ203 : AAC; 1992 type:Lynx AH7 653Sqn.; 1997 671Sqn./Z; 1998 671Sqn.; 2000 671Sqn+
    138 ah1 1979 XZ216 : AAC in 1987 653Sqn. ; 2000 type:AH7 661Sqn.
    1682 ah.1 1977 XZ338 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland; 1998 661Sqn.
    Westland XZ338 : 1st Gazelle built at Weston-super-Mare, ff 28 Oct 1977, dd 16 Nov 1977
    - G-CHZF : ex XZ338, to G-CHZF
    Malawi Army Air Wing MAAW-H23 : sold to Malawi, via South Africa.
    1698 ah.1 1977 XZ343 : 661 Sq, visited RAF Bruggen 28 Jul 1999
    285 ah1 1983 ZD276 : 652 Sq; 661 Sq; 656 Sq; 671 Sq; 655 Sq
    Everett Aero ZD276 : to Everett Aero . At some point, a Gazelle (unknown) tail unit was mated +
    Mayhem Paintball ZD276 : to Mayhem Paintball Essex by Jul 2009
    : pictured at Mayhem Paintball, Abridge with Gazelle tail and fenestron sec+
    320 ah7 1985 ZE376 : 661Sqn. Tag der Heeresflieger
    328 ah7 1987 ZE382 : w/o 09sep04 in Czech Rpublic, 661Sqn AH.9 type



    Operations


    DatesOperation
    may-13sep-13AF Operation Herrick
    jan-0102-dec-04BA SFOR (stabilisation force)
    21-mar-9220-dec-95BA UNPROFOR
    dec-90mar-91IQ Operation Desert Shield/Storm