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  • united kingdom Empire Test Pilots School

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    ETPS : ETPS

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    C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
    8462 h125 2017 G-ETPE : For ETPS, operated by QinetiQ
    : , QinetiQ / ETPS, pictured in the static display at RNAS Yeovilton 2019
    Airbus Helicopters UK G-ETPE : Reg G-ETPE 21 Nov 2017
    QinetiQ G-ETPE : Operated by QQ for ETPS.
    8464 h125 2017 G-ETPF : UK MoD ETPS , op by QINETIQ
    Airbus Helicopters UK G-ETPF : Airbus UK Nov17-Jan18
    QinetiQ G-ETPF : QINETIQ from Jan18
    8476 h125 2017 G-ETPG : UK MoD ETPS from , op by QINETIQ
    Airbus Helicopters UK G-ETPG : Airbus UK Dec17-Feb18
    QinetiQ G-ETPG : QINETIQ from Feb18
    8485 h125 2018 G-ETPH : For ETPS, operated by QinetiQ
    Airbus Helicopters UK G-ETPH : Reg G-ETPH 13 Feb 2018
    QinetiQ G-ETPH : Operated by QQ for ETPS.
    1905 ht.3 1982 QinetiQ : MoD ETPS at Boscombe Down by
    Westland ZB625 : 1st Gazelle of a second batch built at Oldmixon. ff Apr 1982, dd RAF 4 May+
    Royal Air Force ZB625 : RAF HT.3
    : 2FTS. at Chivenor Air Day.
    QinetiQ ZB625 : QinetiQ by 2010
    11131 aw109e 2001 QQ100 : Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) 2011
    : ETPS pictured at RIAT 2015
    - B-7770 : China 2002-2003
    heli transair.com D-HARY : Heli Transair at Egelsbach -Feb05
    - EI-TWO : Ireland 2005-2008
    Castle Air Charters G-CFVB : Castle Air Feb/May 2009
    QinetiQ G-CFVB : QinetiQ May09-Mar11
    wa/h/008 hr.1 1949 VX595 : conv HR.5 at RNAY Donibristle from Nov 1956 to Jun 1957; at ETPS and RAE +
    Royal Air Force VX595 : to RAF Museum store at Henlow / 29, by Jun 1975, still present Mar 1986.
    Royal Navy VX595 : Fleetlands Museum from 1989
    : Spent time in storage variously at Fleetlands, Gosport and Portland, until+
    wa154 has7 1957 XK907 : to Westland by Oct 1957; to RRE Pershore by Jul 1962; ETPS Farnborough /+
    Royal Navy XK907 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA154, ff: 25May57; del Royal Navy Fleet Air+
    : to Autair at Luton by Jun 1971 for conversion to Srs 2C which was subseque+
    : left Elstree storage by early , still there 1977
    - XK907 : Midland Air Museum, Coventry by Apr 1981, still Dec 1993. Front cabin and +
    S2/8437 ah.1 1960 XP165 : ff 29 Aug 1960. To Fairey at White Waltham as a development airframe until+
    British Army XP165 : pictured (pic1) unk
    - XP165 : to Historic Aircraft Museum, Southend in Jul 1975, until c May 1983 when r+
    : 24aug11 pictured (pic2) at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-Super-Mare, UK
    f.9475 ah.1 1962 XP849 : ETPS Rotary Wing Squadron
    : AAC in 1990 ETPS
    British Army XP849 : AAC Westland Scout AH.1
    : w/o heavy landing at Netheravon during autorotation training; 2013 (most+
    - G-CBUH : 5aug02
    : de-registered 18 Aug 2010 and transferred to New Zealand as ZK-HQU
    - ZK-HQU : ZK-HQU
    wa178 hu.5 1964 XS509 : ETPS by Mar 1982 still May 1984 still 1990. Sold Feb 1998.
    : 25jul91 pictured as Wessex HU.5 ETPS at RAF Odiham during families day
    : 13+14jun92 ETPS at ATI 92
    Royal Navy XS509 : dd Royal Navy Sep 1964; 848Sq/G-A by Jan 1965 still Mar 1969.
    : RNEC Manadon by Sep 1969 as A2597, until c Jun 1970.
    : returned to airworthiness at RNAY Fleetlands from Jul 1970; 707Sq/WP-VL by+
    : 1979 707Sq VL/WP
    - ZK-HVK : New Zealand private; w/o during logging operations near Motueka, South I+
    wa197 hc.2 1965 XS678 : w/o 19mar76 with ETPS; front fuselage to Hawker de Havilland, Australia fo+
    Royal Air Force XS678 : Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 19mar65, d/d RAF 02apr65
    : 72 Sq/K by Jun still Sep .
    Royal Air Force of Oman XS678 : seconded to Sultan of Oman Air Force as XS678, unk
    61-393 S-61L 1966 XV370 : Shipped to UK Oct 1966, with GE T-58-GE-10 engines, subsequently replaced +
    : visit to RAF Chivenor 6 Nov 1981, while with ETPS.
    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+
    1743 ht.3 1978 XZ936 : 1990 ETPS (Empire Test Pilots School); jul91 still ETPS
    : 13+14jun92 ETPS
    : ETPS./6 homebase
    : ETPS at Boscombe Down
    : Jun11 still with ETPS at MoD Boscombe Down
    Royal Air Force XZ936 : Gazelle HT.3 built by Westland; to MoD Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) +
    QinetiQ XZ936 : w/o after tail was cut off by main rotors, during engine off landing dril+
    1750 ht.2 1978 XZ939 : with ETPS at MOD Boscombe Down; 2016 still
    Royal Navy XZ939 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland
    QinetiQ XZ939 : QinetiQ from 1991
    wa 928 hc.4 1982 ZB507 : f/f 19 Jan 1983 as Mk.4X to RAE/DRA/DERA Farnborough by 1986 still 1993, E+
    Royal Navy ZB507 : After conversion from Mk.4X at Fleetlands by Jun 1998, to 848Sq/ZN by Sep +
    : RN; jul00 848Sqn./ZN
    : 23 848Sqn./ZN
    : 848 NAS/WN noted in Hangar 10 at RNAS Yeovilton
    : 2007 846Sqn./F
    : 846Sq /F aboard HMS Bulwark during Navy Days 2009
    : 23 pictured as 848Sqd /F at the RNAS Yeovilton airshow
    315 Lynx 1985 ZD559 : AH.5X type; ETPS Boscombe Dow d/d 1988
    333 ah7 1987 ZD560 : Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) Boscombe Dow d/d 1988; 1992 pictured (to+
    : 24/25jul99 ETPS. Fairford air show
    : ETPS. homebase
    : ETPS at Boscombe Down
    : pictured (bot) again 19 years later at Yeovilton with ETPS mrks
    11173 aw109e 2003 ZE416 : ETPS; pictured (pic2) at RIAT 2013 RAF Fairford
    : asg ETPS, pictured (pic4) on display at Fairford 2017
    : 28 Mar 2019, noted in ETPS livery as ZE416 with Castle Air at Trebrown, Li+
    - G-ESLH : Mar 2004, reg as G-ESLH to Euroskylink, Coventry
    : Aug 2005, re-reg to Caledonian Heritable Ltd, Edinburgh; Jan 2007, delive+
    QinetiQ ZE416 : QinetiQ d/d 2007; 17jul10 pictured (pic1) at RIAT 2010 RAF Fairford
    wa 996 hc.4 1989 ZG829 : replaced Sikorsky S-61 XV370 with ETPS in 1989.
    : MoD; 1990 ETPS; jul91 ETPS
    : 13+14jun92 ETPS
    Royal Navy ZG829 : Sea King Mk4X; Empire Test Pilots School, Boscombe Down
    5115 as355f 1981 ZJ635 : ex G-NEXT. Delivered to ETPS at Boscombe Down in Dec 1999 and painted in t+
    - G-OMAV : Reg Dec 1981 to Massellaz Helicopters, Jersey; to G-NEXT
    - G-NEXT : ex G-OMAV; reg to Next plc by Oct 1987; to Italy by Mar 1990
    - I-NEXT : ex G-NEXT; I-NEXT by Mar 1990; to UK as G-NEXT (again) by Jan 1994.
    Bristow G-NEXT : ex G-NEXT; reg Bristow by Jan 1994; to G-WDKR by Jul 1995
    Bristow G-WDKR : AS355F1, registered as G-WDKR Jul 1995. To G-NEXT Sep 1995.
    McAlpine Helicopters G-NEXT : Ex G-WDKR. Became G-NEXT Sep 1995 with Bristow; to RCR Aviation Thruxton b+
    McAlpine Helicopters G-WDKR : ex ZJ635; to G-WDKR (again) with McAlpine Helicopters for refurbishment an+
    Atlas Helicopters G-WDKR : ex G-WDKR, to Atlas Helicopters by Nov 2014 at Lee-on-Solent
    Atlas Helicopters G-OALI : ex G-WDKR; to G-OALI by Jan 2015 for Atlas Helicopters, Lasham.




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