united kingdom Royal Aircraft Establishment

Ministry of Defence (MoD)


RAE : RAE

1918 to 1988    




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


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Locations


YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1957/88LlanbedrEGOD
1946/88Bedford (Thurleigh)EGVW
1939/88AberporthEGFA
1918/88FarnboroughEGLF


Models

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YearsModels
Aerospatiale SA330E Puma
Sikorsky S-51 / R-5 / H-5
Sikorsky S-61L
Westland Dragonfly HR.1
Westland Lynx HAS2
Westland Scout AH.1
Westland Sea King HC.4
Westland Wessex HAS.1
Westland Wessex HC.2
Westland Wessex HU.5
Westland Whirlwind HAS.7





Royal Aircraft Establishment List of helicopters

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
51-26 s-51 1947 VW209 : MoD, to RAE Farborough; w/o 26sep51 heavy landing, tailcone collapsed
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 Air Force VX595 : to RAF Museum store at Henlow / 29, by Jun 1975, still present Mar 1986.
Royal Navy VX595 : Spent time in storage variously at Fleetlands, Gosport and Portland, until+
wa153 has7 1957 XK906 : by Nov 1961 to RAE Bedford for various trials and rotor research until c J+
Royal Navy XK906 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA153, ff: 21May57; del Royal Navy Fleet Air+
wa 2 has.1 1958 XL728 : RAE Farnborough by May 1971 still Sep 1972, (with A Flt, Mar 1978), still +
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+
: With RAE Farnborough A Flt by Mar 1978
: noted visiting RNEC Manadon on 21 May 1979, while with RAE
: At RAE/DRA Farnborough until May
- XM330 : to International Helicopter Museum, May 1994
: pictured at The International Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare.
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
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
: With Aerodynamics Flight at RAE Bedford by Mar 1971
: By Mar 1978 with Flight Systems Flt at RAE Bedford
: 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; FSCTE Manston
wa152 hu.5 1963 XS241 : prototype Wessex HU.5 f/f 31 May 1963; A&AEE Boscombe Down by Dec 1963; RN+
Her Majesty's Government XS241 : Westland Wessex HU.5, c/n WA152, f/f: 31/05/1963; del Royal Navy as XS241,+
: Sept 1968 at RAE Farnborough used to drop models of Jaguar in spin tests
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+
3/16 has.2 1974 XX910 : By Mar 1978 with A Flt at RAE Farnborough
Westland XZ166 : HAS.2 f/f 23mar74
Royal Navy XX910 : arrived at International Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare in Dec 2000.
: preserved at The International Helicopter Museum (IHM), Weston Super Mare+
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; 23 noted
: 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
: 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