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  • united kingdom 771 Squadron

    Fleet Air Arm


    771 NAS : 771 Naval Air Squadron

    1939 to 2016    








    771 NAS List of helicopters

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    wa/h/024 hr.1 1950 VZ965 : conv to HR.5 Nov 1956 at Lee, CU Stn Flt/911-CU by Nov 1957 to c Jun 1959;+
    55-477 HO4S-3 1953 WV205 : 845Sq/W by Apr 1957; 728Sq C Flt/624 by Feb 1958; Fleetlands Nov 1958; 771+
    United States Naval Aviation 133745 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-477, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Ju+
    wa 69 har3 1955 XG574 : 771 Sq / 752-PO (date ?)
    wa 66 har.5 1955 XJ402 : 701 Sq / 723 by Jun 1958; 771Sq / 751-PO Jul 1961 still by Sep 1963, cond+
    Westland XJ402 : Trials at Yeovil until Apr 1958.
    wa197 has7 1957 XL835 : 820Sq/294 by Dec 1959; 705Sq/520 by Nov 1960 until Jan 1962; Brawdy SAR Fl+
    wa206 has7 1958 XL844 : 820 Sq/295-R by Jan 1960 to Sep 1959; 737Sq/771 by Oct 1961; 771Sq/753-PO +
    wa217 has7 1958 XL867 : HAS.7 815 NAS / 300 by Oct 1958, 815 NAS / 301-A by Oct 1959; RNAY Fleet+
    wa228 has7 1958 XL878 : Feb 1967 to 829 Sq / 514-PO; Jun 1967 to 771 Sq / 514-PO; 17 May 1968 ditc+
    wa231 has7 1958 XL881 : Jul 1968 to 771 Sq / 511-PO; 2 Sep 1969 ditched in 10 m of water off Black+
    wa232 has7 1958 XL882 : 771Sq/751 by Mar 1964, 829 Sq/514 by Jan 1965, ditched and w/o E of Portla+
    wa 7 has.1 1959 XM326 : 771Sq/421-PO by Apr 1972, until c Feb 1974. Part of 771Sq team at 6th Int+
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM326 : dd Aug 1959 to Westland. Used as trials aiframe at several MoD establishm+
    wa 22 has.1 1961 XM841 : 815 Sq/301-C by Jun 1965, 815 Sq/051-R by Mar 1966 to c Oct 1966; 819 Sq/5+
    wa 24 has.1 1961 XM843 : 814Sq/271-V by Apr 1966 still Jan 1967; 706Sq/572-CU by Sep 1967 accident +
    wa 26 has.1 1961 XM845 : RN HAS.1 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 520-CU with 771NAS
    wa 33 has.1 1961 XM874 : 737 Sq/400-GL Glamorgan Flt by Jul 1967 still Nov 1967, 771Sq/519-PO by Ju+
    Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM874 : A&AEE Boscombe Down by Jan 1963
    wa 38 has.1 1961 XM917 : 771Sq/513-PO by Mar 1970, at Ypenburg 26 May 1970.
    : Wroughton store by Nov 1973; 771Sq/528-CU by May 1975 still May 1979; Wrou+
    wa275 has7 1959 XN263 : 771 Sq by Sep 1968; Lee on Solent by Jul 1970 for storage; Wroughton stor+
    - XN263 : sold privately. To Bosham Apr 1989 for restoration as / H.
    wa288 has7 1960 XN308 : 814 Sq/287-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961; 846 Sq/Y-A from May 1962 to May 196+
    s2/5268 Saro P.531 1958 XN332 : dd into RN service 2 Oct 1959 as 1st trials airframe. Spent its service li+
    Westland G-APNV : P.531-1 built at Eastleigh, ff 30 Sep 1958. 2nd prototype, also with 400sh+
    s2/5270 Saro P.531 1958 XN334 : Delivered into RN service 6 Oct 1959 as 3rd trials airframe, aboard HMS Un+
    Westland XN334 : P.531 O/N built at Eastleigh, to UK Royal Navy for trials.
    wa 63 has.1 1962 XP112 : 819 Sq/532 by May 1967; 771 Sq/518-PO by Nov 1969 still Jul 1971; Wroughto+
    wa 84 has.1 1962 XP151 : HAS.1 London Flt/175-LO by Oct 1963, London Flt /405-LO by Apr 1964; Fl+
    wa 92 has.1 1962 XP159 : 820Sq/297-E by Nov 1964; 814Sq/341-V by Apr 1965, 814Sq/270-V by Jul 1966+
    wa 99 has.1 1963 XS120 : RNAY Wroughton (ex 771 NAS /520-CU); to Abingdon for BDRT by Jul 1980, sti+
    wa104 has.1 1963 XS125 : Del to Fleetlands store Aug 1963; 820 Sq / 293-E by Sep 1964, 820 Sq / 063+
    wa155 hu.5 1963 XS481 : 848Sq /C-B by 1969; 707Sq /WZ-CU by Sep71; 707Sq /WZ-VL by Sep73 still Aug+
    : 771 Sq/522 on station with Sea King XZ591, off Gribbin Head (c 5nm SW of F+
    wa158 hu.5 1963 XS484 : 771Sq uncoded noted visiting the Norton pad on 12 Nov 1982
    - XS484 : Noted at Hanningfield Metals Feb 1996
    wa160 hu.5 1964 XS486 : 848 Sq A Flt/WW Apr 1982 to Jul 1982; 707 Sq /WW by Jul 1982, 707Sq/ZH by+
    : To THM Weston-super-Mare tailless as ex 771 Sq/24 by Apr 2005.
    wa162 hu.5 1964 XS488 : 771Sq Aug 1982; RNAY Wroughton by Sep 1982
    Royal Marines XS488 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XK
    : 847Sq /XK noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
    Gunsmoke Paintball XS488 : 21sep13 at a residential address in Shropshire
    : Airframe has been extensively patched during BDRT and the main fuselage is+
    wa168 hu.5 1964 XS494 : Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA168, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XS494, 29/05/196+
    wa180 hu.5 1964 XS511 : 771Sq/825 Apr 1984.
    - XS511 : To Tangmere Military Aviation Museum in .
    f.9562 Wasp 1963 XS535 : dd by Dec 1963 to Culdrose; 771 Sq/757 by Feb 1964; 829 Sq/500-PO by Jun 1+
    f.9574 Wasp 1964 XS563 : d/d 30 Apr 1964, 771Sq/759 when crashed 08 Jul 1965, broken up for spares +
    f.9575 Wasp 1964 XS564 456 : dd 21 May 1964 to RN; Nov 1964 short assignment to 771 Sq; Jun 1967 to Cul+
    Brazilian Navy N-7037 : ex UK RN XS564 and G-17-22. To FAMB 1977 (N-7019 ntu ?) as N-7037
    f.9579 Wasp 1964 XS568 : d/d 10 Jul 1964; 771Sq/768 by Sep 1964; 829 SQ HQ Flt/501 by May 1965; to +
    wa249 has.1 1965 XS869 : Hermes SAR Flt /266-H by Aug 1969; NASU Culdrose by Jun 1970; Ark Royal S+
    wa255 has.1 1965 XS875 : 737 Sq/527-PO by Feb 1966; 829 Sq Hampshire Flt/402-HA by Mar 1968 still J+
    wa256 has.1 1965 XS876 : d/d 23 Dec 1965 to Culdrose. 814Sq by Feb 1966; 826Sq/340-H by May 1966, d+
    - XS876 : The last picture i saw of this helicopter it had been sold and the after f+
    wa268 has.1 1966 XS888 : 771Sq/420-PO by Apr 1972, until c Jul 1974; Part of 771Sq team at 6th Int.+
    - XS888 : in Guernsey on the Fire Training ground about to be disposed of and cut u+
    wa269 has.1 1966 XS889 : Nov78 as 771Sq /CU-523
    wa283 hu.5 1965 XT461 : 1980s, pictured (bot) as HU.5 type 771Sqd /CU-25 on rescue demonstration +
    825-CU : 771 Sq/825-CU by May 1986 still Aug 1987
    : w/o 16 Oct 1987 with 771Sq/825-CU when ditched in Mounts Bay near Porthlev+
    wa289 hu.5 1965 XT467 : 845Sq/G-B by Mar 1966 still Sep 1968; 781Sq by Feb 1970; 707Sq/WY-VL by Ju+
    : RN HU.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 525-CU with 771NAS
    : 771Sq /525-CU, participated in Fastnet Race rescue on 13-14 Aug 1979
    : 771 Sq/525-CU visited RCH on 14 Dec 1981
    Royal Air Force 8922M : to RAF Gutersloh Jan 1987 (painted up as XR504 18Sq/BF by Jun 1987) for BD+
    Everett Aero XT467 : Everett Aero, Sproughton by Mar 2003 still Feb 2004
    Gunsmoke Paintball XT467 : Gunsmoke Paintball site Hadliegh Suffolk by Nov 2006, still Jul 2009, stil+
    : moved to Layer Marney site by Sep 2017, after Benton End (Hadleigh) closed+
    wa290 hu.5 1965 XT468 : Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 31 Oct 1965,  847 Sq/H-S by 1969, 737 Sq Tidespring+
    Royal Marines XT468 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /H
    wa291 hu.5 1965 XT469 : to 771Sq 1 Aug 1982
    Royal Marines XT469 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /E
    : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XN
    : 847Sq /XN noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
    Royal Air Force XT469 : to RAF as /8920M; 17jul92 pictured (pic2) preserved at RAF Stafford
    - XT469 : 22aug09 at Newton-with-Scales Lancashire, in a small compound with a Light+
    : 22nov13 Its on e-bay for £12500
    : Dec14 at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. Initially in a yard to south-west of +
    : 21sep15 is for sale on Ream Salvage for 11000,00£
    : 21oct16 still at Isle of Wight. Local newspaper County Press reported havi+
    : Jul18 still at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight. A lovely ‘exhibit’, includi+
    wa293 hu.5 1965 XT471 : Wessex HU.5 d/d to RN 19 Jan 1966,  847 Sq/F-S by 1969, Fleetlands 1976, +
    Royal Marines XT471 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /F
    : Nov 1970 with 847 NAS / F-S, took part in cyclone relief operations in Eas+
    : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XW
    : 847Sq /XW noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
    wa296 hu.5 1966 XT474 : 771 Sq, participated in Fastnet Yacht Race rescue 13-14 Aug 1979
    wa303 hu.5 1966 XT481 : RN HU.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 522-CU with 771NAS
    Royal Marines XT481 : Transferred in from an 848Sq attrition reserve at Navy Point as 847 Sq/XF +
    wa304 hu.5 1966 XT482 : d/d 5 May 1966 to RN as HU.5; To Culdrose 8 Jun 1966, 707 Sq/Q by Jun 1967+
    : RN HU.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 527-CU with 771NAS
    : 771 Sq, participated in Fastnet Yacht Race rescue 13-14 Aug 1979
    Royal Marines XT482 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XL
    : Feb 1994 to Fleet Air Arm Museum; 13 Jul 2019 in Hall 3 at Fleet Air Arm M+
    wa307 hu.5 1966 XT485 : 848Sq/VT-A by Jun 1971, 848Sq/VT-B by sep 1971 still Sep 1974. 771Sq/522-C+
    Royal Marines XT485 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /K
    wa477 hu.5 1966 XT755 : 848Sq/D-A by Aug 1967, 847Sq/D-S by 1969, 848 Sq/VD-A by Jul 1971, 848 Sq/+
    Royal Marines XT755 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /D
    : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XX
    : 847Sq /XX noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
    wa481 hu.5 1966 XT759 : RN HU.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 529-CU with 771NAS
    Royal Marines XT759 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XY
    : 847Sq /XY noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
    wa483 hu.5 1966 XT761 : 771 Sq, participated in Fastnet Yacht Race rescue 13-14 Aug 1979
    : 771Sq/521-CU by Mar 1982; 847 Sq May 1982; 845Sq D Flt May 1982 and airlif+
    Royal Marines XT761 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /J
    - G-WSEX : UK private from Mar18; still painted as XT761 in Rescue c/s.
    : 16nov18 Restoration progress, rotors turning (as XT761) for first time si+
    : Restoration progress: 15 Feb 2019, first flight (as XT761) since 6 Nov 19+
    : pictured (pic2) as XT761 at Higher Purtington after her magnificent resto+
    : , pictured (pic3) G-WSEX at RNAS Yeovilton 2019 wearing marks of XT761
    wa488 hu.5 1967 XT766 : 771 NAS / 822-CU; RNAY Wroughton until c Dec 1990
    Royal Marines XT766 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XS
    : 847Sq /XS noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
    wa551 hu.5 1967 XT769 : RN HU.5 noted at RNAS Culdrose Air Day coded 530-CU with 771NAS
    : 771Sq/530-CU to Hope Cove, Devon as Rescue 77 to recover to young girls fr+
    wa555 hu.5 1967 XT773 : del into long term storage, spending time between Fleetlands, Lee and Wrou+
    Royal Marines XT773 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XT
    : 847Sq /XT noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
    wa 635 has.1 1969 XV647 : Conv to HU.5 mid 1987; 771Sq/820-CU by Feb 1988 still Mar 1999, to AMG-CU +
    : RN; 1994 type:HAS.5U 771Sqn./R-820; 1996 771Sqn./20
    : 771Sq Gannet SAR Flt//707-WP by Dec 2001, still May 2004; 771Sq/828 by Apr+
    : 771Sq /828-CU involved in MSC Napoli rescue on 18 Jan 2007.
    : Gannet SAR Flt /828 by Dec 2008 still May 2009; to Fleetlands Sep 2009; 77+
    : with 771 NAS / 828, pictured in the flying display at RNAS Culdrose
    : stored HMS Sultan 771Sqn /828 marked MSC Napoli 18 January 2007
    wa 636 has.1 1969 XV648 : Conv HU.5 c 1994, 819Sq/708-PW by Jan 1999 still Sep 2000; 771Sq Gannet SA+
    : 2009 HU.5S type 771Sqn /18
    : as 771 NAS /818-CU pictured (pic4) in special colours, in the flying dis+
    : 771 Sq /18. Stencilled with Trawler Trevessa on sponsons and rear hull by +
    : as 771Sq /18 pictured (pic5) on duty SAR at RNAS Culdrose callsign Navy 1+
    wa 639 has.1 1969 XV651 : Built as HAS.1 and ff 17 Oct 1969, dd 07 Nov 1969 RAE Boscombe Down, fitt+
    : 771 Sq/824-CU by Jun 2003. On scene Boscastle.
    QinetiQ XV651 : QinetiQ at Boscombe Down
    - XV651 : 09mar16 at Honeypot Lane for sale as airframe only
    : 10aug16 at mini moo's farm, Edmondsley, Durham. DH7 6EY
    wa 649 has.1 1970 XV661 : HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-824
    : 1995 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-824; 1996 HAS.5 type 771Sqn./824; 2004 HAS.5U t+
    : 771 Sq/826-CU, stencilled mv Lovat on sponsons and rear hull by Jul 2014
    : 771 Sq/826 first ever landing of a SAR helicopter, on new (northern) helip+
    : at Nordholz for the 2015 SAR Meet as 771 NAS/26, until 17 Aug
    wa 654 has.1 1970 XV666 : Jul89-Sep91, I was Senior Pilot on 771 NAS (SAR) and XV 666 was on the squ+
    : HAS.5 type 771Sqn./CU-823
    : 1994 HU.5U type 771Sqn /CU-823
    : 16Nov94 noted RNAS Portland coded CU.823 of 771Squadron; 05Jun96 noted RNA+
    : 2003 Conv HU.5U 771Sq /823 still 2004; Nov05 771Sq /821; Apr07 VL AMG;+
    : Fleetlands by Jul 2009; 771Sq /821 by Nov 2009
    : 771 Sq/821-CU, stencilled Boscastle Floods on sponsons and rear hull by Ju+
    : with 771 NAS / 821, pictured (pic3) leaving RNAS Culdrose as duty SAR Nav+
    : Mar16 771Sqn /(CU-8)21 decommissioned; last flight from Culdrose
    Developing Assets (UK) Ltd XV666 : HeliOps; VAHS Fleetlands for overhaul and repainting by Jun17 following l+
    : pictured (pic4) off Portland, on a training flight
    : of Heliops, pictured (pic5) in the static display at RNAS Yeovilton
    : seen over Halberton, near Tiverton, Devon
    : visited Leonardo Yeovil
    wa 658 has.1 1970 XV670 : 771 Sq/817 by Jul 2013, stencilled Boscastle Floods 16th August 2004 on sp+
    : type:HU.5 771Sqn. 100 years celebration Marineflieger
    : Mar16 771Sqn /(CU-8)17 decommissioned; last flight from Culdrose
    wa 661 has.1 1970 XV673 : Assigned to 771 Sq/827-CU on 10 Apr 2003. On scene Boscastle as Rescue 193+
    : conv to HU.5 type; pictured (top) as 771Sqn /27 at RAF Waddington


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