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

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List of Aircraft for Khormaksar
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
13356 Type 192 Belvedere 1960 XG461 : Belvedere Trials Unit by Jul 1960; 26Sq/G by May 1964, w/o 31 Dec 1964 dur+
13372 Type 171 Sycamore 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
13471 Sycamore 4 1957 XL828 : Destroyed by ground resonance in Aden, 3nm S of Al Mafhid on 18 Dec 1959, +
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 32 Squadron colours at the International Helicopter Mu+


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