united kingdom School of Aircraft Handling

Fleet Air Arm


1959 to 1995    

Formed at RNAS Culdrose in Jan 1959 when the Aircraft Handling School from Lee-on-Solent and the Fire Fighting School from Gosport amalgamated, on moving from Hampshire. Trained Royal Navy deck handlers in the movement of aircraft and helicopters aboard carriers and smaller ships, with various aids like a dummy deck and dummy hangar doors and lighting. Renamed the School of Flight Deck Operations in Nov 1995.

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa/h/049 hr.3 1950 WG718 : to A2531 and to SAH Culdrose 18 Feb 1965, until Feb 1971
- WG718 : Stored at Long Marston from early 1992, until Jul 1995.
: Spares use by Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group Jul 1995. (Spares so+
55-289 HRS-2 1952 WV198 : 848 Sq/K by Jan 1953 at Sembawang; RNAY Donibristle Jul 1957; in static di+
United States Naval Aviation 130191 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-289, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 130191, 29Oct52
wa 9 har.1 1954 XA869 : to SAH Culdrose by Jul 1966
wa 3 has.1 1958 XL729 : 25jul79 on dump at Culdrose coded SAH 22
wa 9 has.1 1959 XM328 : As HAS.3, 737 Sq/522-PO by Jul 1968 still Jul 1971; 737 Sq Norfolk Flt/4+
Westland XM328 : Westlands Oct59 before first flight; A&AEE Sep61; Westland as HAS.3 develo+
- XM328 : acquired in 2004 by the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare
: Nov16 completed 7-year restoration at The Helicopter Museum
: 03Dec16 pictured at International Helicopter Museum, after restoration
wa 33 has.1 1961 XM874 : 737 Sq/400-GL Glamorgan Flt by Jul 1967 still Nov 1967, 771Sq/519-PO by Ju+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XM874 : A&AEE Boscombe Down by Jan 1963
wa289 has7 1960 XN309 : To GI A2663 at SAH Culdrose by Oct 1977.
wa 74 has.1 1962 XP141 : built as HAS.1, ff 12 Jun 1962, dd to Fleetlands 3 Jul 1962 and stored. Ke+
wa 88 has.1 1962 XP155 : 25jul79 at SFDO coded SAH 21
wa 93 has.1 1962 XP160 : 26jul79 School of Aircraft Handling Culdrose as SAH 24
wa246 has.1 1965 XS866 : A2705. to Culdrose for SAHU by Jun 1988
wa256 has.1 1965 XS876 : Retired 19 Jul 1979 to SAH CU. to A2695; at AES Lee by May 1984; to G.I. C+
- XS876 : The last picture i saw of this helicopter it had been sold and the after f+
wa265 has.1 1966 XS885 : to Culdrose for SAHU by 1990
- XS885 : Mar17 offered for sale on eBay
: Apr17 is a prop on a combat laser game site on a small industrial complex +
: Jun18, Now resides in Burnley Lancashire. At Hardline Airsoft
wa267 has.1 1966 XS887 : dd 6 Apr 1966; 829 Sq Fife Flt/403-FI, Yeovilton Station Flight/18-VL by S+
- XS887 : 08dec07 aquired by the Yorkshire Helicopter Preservation Group and moved t+
wa484 hu.5 1966 XT762 : to Culdrose for SAHU by 1990

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