united kingdom SAR Flight, Khormaksar

Royal Air Force



1958 to 1967    




Established 13 Jun 1958 by acquisition of some airframes from the Station Flight, which had been using the Sycamore since Jun 1955. The Sycamore was replaced by the Whirlwind HAR.10 between Jan and 28 Mar 1964 and served on, until May 1967. Provided a SAR service until disbanded in Jun 1967, whence the Wessex (which had arrived in Nov 1966) were shipped to RAF Muharraq for its SAR Flight.



78 Squadron operated the first yellow painted SAR Wessex helicopters. They were delivered to Khormaksar in boxes, assembled locally but because of shortcomings in basic SAR equipment (winch hooks that opened unexpectedly, no water proof flooring etc) they were painted with distemper in camoflage colours and used up-country until the various problems were sorted out. Tail numbers were XT 601, 602, 603, 604 and they were the first RAF Wessex with folding tails.


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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1958/67YE Khormaksar / Aden InternationalOYAA




Models

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YearsModels
1966/67 Wessex     Wessex HC.2
1964/67 Whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.10
1958/64 Type 171 Sycamore     Sycamore 4



SAR Flight, Khormaksar List of helicopters

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
13150 Sycamore 4 1953 XE309 : HR.14 Del RAF; Eastleigh Stn Flt; Aden Protectorate Communication and Su+
13265 Sycamore 4 1955 XG504 : Khormaksar SAR Flt; CFS (H); MCS; 32 Sq
13372 Sycamore 4 1955 XG518 : HR.14 dd Oct 1955. Amman Stn Flt; Habbinya Stn Flt; El Adem Stn Flt; Khorm+
- XG518 : to North East Aircraft Museum 15 Mar 1983, still Sep 1991, still 1996, gon+
: to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum before 2000, still present 2014, stil+
: 20Jun19 pictured at Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, under cover and i+
13248 Sycamore 4 1955 XJ361 : w/o 2 Sep 1958 following tail rotor failure at Khormaksar, while with Khor+
13408 Sycamore 4 1956 XJ898 : 284 Sq; 103 Sq from Aug 1959; 1563 Flt from Aug 1963; Khormaksar SAR Flt; +
13410 Sycamore 4 1956 XJ916 : HR.14 built at Weston-super-Mare, del RAF Nov 1956; 275 Sq; Khormaksar SAR+
wa150 har.2 1957 XL111 : crashed 1 Apr 1967 while with Khormaksar SAR Flt
13471 Sycamore 4 1957 XL828 : w/o 18dec59 asg Khormaksar SAR Flt, destroyed by ground resonance in Aden,+
13474 Sycamore 4 1957 XL829 : HR.14 dd Dec 1957. Khormaksar SAR Flt until Mar 1964, returned to UK aboar+
- XL829 : In storage at Bristol City Museum from Dec 1971. To Bristol Industrial Mus+
: International Helicopter Museum; To IHM Weston-super-Mare in Oct 2007
: 12Jul15 pictured in 32Sq colours at the International Helicopter Museum, W+
wa528 hc.2 1966 XT601 : ff 13 Mar 1966, dd 18 Jun 1966; Khormaksar SAR Flt 1966; Muharraq SAR Flt +
wa529 hc.2 1967 XT602 : Khormaksar SAR Flt Nov 1966; Muharraq SAR Flt by Dec 1967.
wa530 hc.2 1966 XT603 : First flew 10 Jun 1966 as HC.2, delivered 29 Jun 1966; Khormaksar SAR Flt +
Uruguayan Navy 085 : To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
wa531 hc.2 1966 XT604 : ff 7 Jul 1966, dd 2 Aug 1966 to RAF. Wessex HAR.2; Khormaksar SAR Flt Nov +
- XT604 : To Air & Ground Aviation (Staffordshire). Acquired by M Lindsey 2002 a+
: preserved at East Midlands Aeropark



Operations


DatesOperation
jan-64jan-64YE Operation Nutcracker