united kingdom Royal Aircraft Establishment

Ministry of Defence (MoD)


1918 to 1988    

Became a major part of the Royal Aerospace Establishment in 1988.

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Aerospatiale SA330E Puma
Sikorsky S-51 / R-5 / H-5
Sikorsky S-61L
Westland Dragonfly HR.1
Westland Sea King HC.4
Westland Wessex HAS.1
Westland Wessex HC.2
Westland Wessex HU.5

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
51-26 s-51 1948 VW209 : MoD, 10oct47 to RAE Farborough; w/o 26sep51 heavy landing, tailcone collap+
Westland G-AJOP : Sikorsky S-51 f/f 02jun47 at Stratford, CT, USA; to UK as pattern aircra+
Royal Navy VW209 : to A2339, unk; scr Abbotsinch, UK, 1961; last seen apr63
wa/h/008 hr.1 1949 VX595 : conv HR.5 at RNAY Donibristle from Nov 1956 to Jun 1957; at ETPS and RAE +
Royal Navy VX595 : Spent time in storage variously at Fleetlands, Gosport and Portland, until+
wa 2 has.1 1958 XL728 : RAE Farnborough by May 1971 still Sep 1972 still 1980 still Sep 1984, to P+
Royal Navy XL728 : Westland Wessex HAS.1 f/f 16sep58; conv to Mk.5 (hybrid); to Brawdy Fire D+
Westland XL728 : industrial airframe for engine development from 1958, with spells at Napie+
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 11 has.1 1959 XM330 : Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA011, f/f:?; del MoD as XM330, Dec59; (Dave Ta+
: noted visiting RNEC Manadon on 21 May 1979, while with RAE
: At RAE/DRA Farnborough until May 1994
- XM330 : to International Helicopter Museum, May 1994
: 12jul15 pictured at The International Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare+
wa128 hc.2 1963 XR503 : Engine filter trials in N Africa Aug 1966, RAE by Sep 1968
: RAE noted on display at SBAC Farnborough Airshow 1968
: RAE Bedford by May 1984 still Jul 1989 DRA by Jun 1992 still 1995
Royal Air Force XR503 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA128, f/f: 23/08/1963; del Royal Air Force as X+
: RAF type:HC.2; 2008 FSCTE Manston
wa156 hu.5 1963 XS482 : /D-A at RAE Farnborough Apprentice School by Apr 1986.
Royal Navy XS482 : 700V Sq/D by Jan 1964, 848Sq/D-A by May 1964. 707Sq/D by Nov 1967, A&AEE D+
: RN in 1996 seen Manston preserved /A-D.; 2009 preserved museum Manston.
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+
1659 sa330e 1981 ZA941 : f/f 13 May 1981, d/d 16 Jun 1981. The last Westland built Puma. RAE Farnbo+
: RAE still May 1984 until 1991, crashed in France and w/o 8 Aug 1991.
wa 927 hc.4 ZB506 : Sea King Mk.4X f/f 19nov82, d/d 23dec82 Deld straight to RAE Bedford sti+
: Jul89 with Royal Aircraft Establishment ( RAE ) at Bedford. Used as test b+
QinetiQ ZB506 : QinetiQ, conv to Mk.4X type; 23jul02 noted
: 11jul09 pictured at RNAS Yeovilton
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
: 23jan01 848Sqn./ZN
: 848 NAS/WN noted in Hangar 10 at RNAS Yeovilton
: 2007 846Sqn./F
: 846Sq /F aboard HMS Bulwark during Navy Days 2009
: 23jun12 pictured as 848Sqd /F at the RNAS Yeovilton airshow

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