Formed at Gibraltar in May 1943, with target towing Defiants. It disbanded in Malta in Dec 1944. Reformed as an Air Experience unit in Apr 1946 at Gosport where it disbanded again in Jan 1950. Reformed at RNAS Brawdy in Jan 1956 to provide Air Experience for Royal Naval College cadets from Dartmouth.
2 Dragonfly HR.5 were added to the strength in Sep 1958 for further experience but these were handed over to the Britannia Helicopter Flight in Jun 1960, before the unit disbanded again in Dec 1960.
Reformed in Dec 2001 at Plymouth, it inherited the Flying Grading task of the Britannia FG Flight and its long heritage with the Chipmunk T.10. It now flies fixed wing, civilian maintained Grob Herons.
727 NAS List of helicopters
|C/N||Version||Built||In this Org||In other Org|
|wa/h/062||hr.3||1952|| WG752 : 727 Sq / 561 by Sep 1958; BRNC Britannia Flt / 901 by Jun 1960 ||- WG752 : Sold to CCF at Alleyns School, Dulwich Jun 1970, still wearing /901. Trans+ |
: To IWM Duxford Dec 1985, until c Aug 1991.
: To Aviodome Museum, Schipol by Sep 1991