united kingdom Aeroplane & Armaments Experimental Establishment

Ministry of Defence (MoD)


A&AEE

1924 to 1992    




Succeeded by the Aircraft & Armament Evaluation Establishment in May 1992, when parts of non-nuclear government military research were re-structured and the A&AEE passed its Experimental role to the UK Defence Research Agency.

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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1939/92Boscombe DownEGDM
1924/39Martlesham Heath

Models

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YearsModels
AgustaWestland Merlin HC.3
Bristol Sycamore 3
Bristol Sycamore 4
Saunders Roe Skeeter
Saunders Roe Skeeter 6
Sikorsky S-61L
Westland Dragonfly HR.1
Westland Dragonfly HR.3
Westland Lynx HAS2
Westland Lynx HAS3
Westland Sea King HC.4
Westland Wasp
Westland Wessex HAS.1
Westland Wessex HAS.3
Westland Wessex HC.2


List of aircraft

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa/h/008 hr.1 1949 VX595 : HR.1 ff 18 Jun 1949, rotor development airframe at Yeovil but also time sp+
Royal Navy VX595 : Spent time in storage variously at Fleetlands, Gosport and Portland, until+
wa/h/028 hr.3 WG714 : 21 Oct 1953 heavy landing c 2nm E of Boscombe Down, after control and inst+
wa/h/056 hr.3 1952 WG725 : Del Nov 1952; A&AEE D Sq by Jan 1953; sent to Holland for flood relief wor+
Royal Air Force WG725 : to Weeton as G I (7703M) Nov 1960
: to St Athan on closure of Weeton by Sep 1965
British Army WG725 : to Museum of Army Flying by Apr 1978, until c Oct 1981.
- 0020 : to Southend c Oct 1981 and reg N9987Q. Preparation for export to Venezuela+
- WG725 : Sep 1986 to Cornwall Aero Park, restored and displayed as Navy WG754 / 912+
Royal Australian Navy WG725 : to FAA Museum, Nowra during 2000
12891 Sycamore 3 1949 WT933 : A&AEE for tropical trials in Nairobi and icing trials in Canada (1956); us+
Bristol Aeroplane Company G-ALSW : 4th Mk.3 built (at Filton). Reg G-ALSW Nov 1950; To Ministry of Supply as +
Newark (Notts & Lincs) Air Museum WT933 : to Newark Air Museum Jun 1980. Still there Mar 1984, Mar 1996, Mar 2006, M+
12896 Sycamore 3 1950 WT939 : Cold weather trials. w/o 4 Jan 1958 at Boscombe Down while with A&AEE
- G-ALTB : ntu to RAF WT939, c Feb 1953
13144 Sycamore 4 1952 XE306 : HR.14 Del Nov 1953 to A&AEE
Royal Air Force XE306 : w/o 28 Jul 1954, Overturned after power loss in low hover, while with 275 +
13145 Sycamore 4 1952 XE307 : HR.14 Del A&AEE Nov 1953
Royal Air Force XE307 : 17 Sep 1959 Crashed and w/o in Cyprus, c 8nm SE of Nicosia (nr Tymbou / Ki+
13149 Sycamore 4 1953 XE308 : 3 Nov 1965 w/o when rolled over on take off from Boscombe Down, while with+
Bristol Aeroplane Company XE308 : HR.14 to Bristol; used in the Type 192 metal rotor blade development progr+
SR.907 Skeeter 1953 XG303 : Allocated XG303 in Mar 1954 for trials by A&AEE Boscombe Down.
- G-AMDC : Allocated G-AMDC in early 1952 (ntu ?), to G-AMTZ
- G-AMTZ :
- XG303 : Conv, to Skeeter 6 from Skeeter 5, during 1955.
- G-AMTZ : returned to civil reg after trials. Sold to Army Air Corps and civil regis+
SR.904 Skeeter 6 1954 XK773 : w/o 21 Jun 1956 after rotor struck ground and overturned, while with A&AEE+
- G-ANMG : Reg G-ANMG 1 May 1954. To British Army evaluation as AOP.6 XK773 by 17 Au+
wa 5 has.1 1959 XM300 : dd Feb 1960 A&AEE Boscombe Down. This was predominantly a trials airframe,+
Royal Navy XM300 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA005, f/f: 30/04/1959; del Royal Navy as XM300+
wa 10 has.1 1959 XM329 : A&AEE by Dec 1959, Westland by May 1960, Trials a/c with AUDE by Jan 1961 +
Royal Navy XM329 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA010, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XM329, 1960; to+
: 819Sq/533 by Aug 1965; 737Sq/533-PO by Apr 1967; AES Arbroath by Feb 1968;+
wa 11 has.1 1959 XM330 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA011, f/f:?; del MoD as XM330, Dec59; (Dave Ta+
- XM330 : to International Helicopter Museum, May 1994
: 12jul15 pictured at The International Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare+
wa 18 has.1 1961 XM837 : spent winter of 1960/61 in Churchill, Canada with A&AEE for icing / cold w+
Royal Navy XM837 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA018, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XM837, 1961; co+
Westland XM837 : Westland trials and evaluation airframe until very early in 1966, when it +
Royal Navy XM837 : Now HAS.3, 814Sq/271-V by Oct 1967, 814Sq/271-H by May 1968, 820Sq/411-BL +
: 2 Jul 1971 Aboard HMS Blake as 820 Sq / 411-BL, while in Portsmouth
: 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/407-NF by Jan 1975, deployed from Norfolk onto RFA Olwe+
: 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/407-NF, flying at Navy Days, 26 and 27 Aug 1978
: 737Sq/400-GL noted at Culdrose, 11 Mar 1982
: As HAS.3 737 Sq/400-GL on HMS Glamorgan, when destroyed by land-based Exoc+
wa 33 has.1 1961 XM874 : A&AEE Boscombe Down by Jan 1963
Royal Navy XM874 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA033, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XM874, 28/07/19+
: 737 Sq/400-GL Glamorgan Flt by Jul 1967 still Nov 1967, 771Sq/519-PO by Ju+
: to Lee-on-Solent Jul 1998
: A2689. to Predannack Oct 1992. Still there by May 1993, still Aug 1995, st+
wa121 hc.2 1962 XR588 : A&AEE
Royal Air Force XR588 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA121, f/f: 05/10/1962; del Royal Air Force as X+
Westland XR588 : First Wessex prototype built as a HC.2 (XM299 was a conversion from HAS.1)+
Royal Air Force XR588 : 28 Sq from Feb 1968; 103 Sq
: Conversion to HAR.2 Standard; 22 Sq; SARTU; 22 Sq; SARTU; 22 Sq; SARTU; 22+
f.9543 Wasp 1962 XS527 : Built at Hayes, f/f at White Waltham Jan63 as G-17-3; d/d 1963 to MoD, A&A+
Royal Navy XS527 : To RN Jan 1968. 829 Sq Rothesay Flt/462 by Aug 1968. Part of Operation She+
: ex-Rothesay Flt/462 to Wroughton by Jun 1971; 829 Sq Rhyl Flt/445 by Oct 1+
: Call Sign whilst on HMS Rhyl was 446; After ditching repl by XT415
: as 829 Sq Endurance Flt/434-ED, attacked and damaged ARA Santa Fe outside +
: 829 Sq Lowestoft Flt/451 by Feb 1985, RNAY Wroughton by Nov 1985, pres. FA+
wa241 has.3 1965 XT257 : converted to HAS.3 prototype while on HAS.1 line, Westland and ff 9 May 19+
Royal Navy XT257 : Westland Wessex HAS.3 pre-production, WA241, f/f 09/05/1967; del Royal Nav+
Royal Air Force XT257 : 1 SoTT RAF Halton by Apr 1982, to 8719M at Halton by Aug 1983 still May 19+
- XT257 : pres. East Grinstead by Oct 1998, still 2003; to Bournemouth Aviation Muse+
f.9584 Wasp 1964 XT414 : f/f 26 Sep 1964, d/d 13 Oct 1964 to A&AEE Boscombe Down and undertook vari+
Royal Navy XT414 : d/d 13 Sep 1965 to RN at RNAY Fleetlands; 829 Sq Naiad Flt/470 by Oct 1965+
61-393 S-61L 1966 XV370 : Shipped to UK Oct 1966, with GE T-58-GE-10 engines, subsequently replaced +
Sikorsky Helicopters N306V : Sikorsky S-61L-2, c/n 61-393, ff:?; reg Sikorsky as N306V, 10May68.
Westland G-ATYU : converted to S-61D-1 & sold to Westland; reg G-ATYU Aug66-Oct66; to MoD as+
Her Majesty's Government G-ATYU : Built as SH-3D. Shipped to Avonmouth (UK), reassembled and flown to Yeovil+
017 has.2 1977 XZ236 : A&AEE Boscombe Down by May 1980 and then until c Sep 1990, spent time betw+
Westland XZ236 : Westland Jun77
Royal Navy XZ236 : Nov78 as 702Sqn /SS-450 HAS.2 type at Yeovilton
QinetiQ XZ236 : QinetiQ 2007, HMA.8 type
243 has.3 1981 ZD249 : MoD; 13+14jun92 A&AEE
Westland ZD249 : 1st production HAS.3, held by Westland for type trials. Moved between Yeov+
Royal Navy ZD249 : to RNAY Fleetlands for conversion to HAS.3S, completed c Mar 1995.
: RN; 2003 type:HAS.3S 702Sqn./637
: 702 Sq by Jul 1995, 702 Sq /636 by Jan 2006; Accident on take off from FGS+
: Middle Wallop by Apr 2013.
Everett Aero ZD249 : Held for scrap, Sproughton by Jun 2015
- ZD249 : Is a prop at a paintball site outside Edinburgh by Feb17
wa 960 hc.4 1986 ZF115 : MoD; 1990 A&AEE; 1992 A&AEE
: 13+14jun92 A&AEE Air Tournament International
Her Majesty's Government ZF115 : Sea King HC.4X A&AEE; 26jul93 pictured (pic1) at RNAS Portland
Royal Navy ZF115 : 02apr09 return to service; jul09 848Sqn./R winter camouflage
: 2009 pictured (pic2) as /R in 40th anniversary marks and Arctic colours at+
: 02mar17 pictured (pic3) still complete and in Artic stripes and annivers+
50049 hc.3 1999 ZJ118 : First visit to RAF Benson by Merlin HC.3, flown by A&AEE Boscombe Down
Royal Air Force ZJ118 : RAF 50049/RAF02 f/f 14jun99 at Yeovil
: 2007 28 Sqn /B
Royal Navy ZJ118 : Nov15 HC.3i type asg 846Sqn
: 02jul16 pictured as 846 NAS/B at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 2016



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