united kingdom Aircraft & Armament Evaluation Establishment

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Preceded by the Aeroplane and Armaments Experimental Establishment until May 1992.

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

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List of Aircraft for A&AEE
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+
12896 Sycamore 3 WT939 : w/o 4 Jan 1958 at Boscombe Down while with A&AEE
- G-ALTB : ntu to RAF WT939
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+
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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