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32 (the royal) squadron
Formed on 12 Jan 1916 from a core of 21 Squadron at Netheravon, in Wiltshire as a fighter unit. After WWI, it disbanded (1919) but saw service in the inter-war years mostly in southern England. During WWII, it was based in southern England, then moved to North Africa and the Middle East. It disbanded again in Feb 1969 in Cyprus.
It reformed from the Metropolitan Communications Squadron on 3 Feb 1969 at RAF Northolt. It took on its Sycamore HC.14 and in addition to fixed wing types, it operated the VIP version of the Whirlwind HCC.12 from Jan 1970. The Gazelle HCC.4 was introduced in May 1976 and the Whirlwinds eventually retired in Oct 1981. In Apr 1995, the Queens Flight from RAF Benson was merged. As well as the Squadron being honoured with (The Royal) in its title, it also inherited the famous red painted Wessex HCC.4 from the QF. In 1996, the VIP helicopter role was put out to contract, although the Twin Squirrels fly in 32 Squadron colours. VVIP (Royal Household) helicopter flights are now conducted under a separate contract, not part of 32 Squadron.

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AgustaWestland to supply 32 Squadron with A109 Power, 10-May-05 : AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Defence Logistic Organisation, on behalf of Headquarters 2 Group, Royal Air Force Strike Command, accepted the AgustaWestland tender, following a competition, for the provision of a Civil Owned Military Registered (COMR) helicopter Service for 32 (The Royal) Squadron.


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2015/    AW109SP GrandNew
2006/    AW109E Power
1996/06as355 ecureuil 2
1995/98Wessex HCC.4
1969/72Type 171 Sycamore

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List of Aircraft for . / 32Sq / 32 Sq / 32Sqn
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
22347 aw109sp 2015 GZ100 : RAF 32Sqn VVIP
AgustaWestland Italy I-PTFP : AgustaWestland Oct15, for RAF
Sloane Helicopters G-ZIOO : Sloane Helicopters from 23oct15; To be allocated RAF registration GZ100 up+
: 19feb16 pictured (pic1) in Brussels, Belgium
: 17mar16 pictured (pic2) at RAF Northolt, Hillingdon during the Nighshoot +
13384 Type 171 Sycamore 1956 XG544 : Built at Filton, dd 14 Dec 1956, 275 Sq Feb 1957, 72 Sq Oct 1961, 118 Sq O+
- XG544 : Flew into Barton Pines on 11 Aug 1972 as one of founding exhibits at the T+
wa 33 har.4 1954 XJ407 : 32 Sq, visited the Air Tattoo, 23 Jun 1979
- G-BKHB : wfu & xfer UK as G-BKHB, unk.
- N7013H : sold US N7013H, 15Jun88; w/o Aug88.
13414 Type 171 Sycamore XJ918 : 194 Sq by Nov 1959; 32 Sq by Sep 1970
13474 Type 171 Sycamore 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+
: To IHM Weston-super-Mare in Oct 2007
wa355 har10 1961 XP339 : 225 Sq, 103 Sq, 32 Sq, Pryton Hill, Hadfield, Macclesfield.
- XP339 : to Bomber County Aviation Museum (Cleethorpes) Oct 1984
: to Museum für Luftfahrt und Technik, Wernigerode Jun 1987, pres. Still 20+
wa418 hcc.12 1964 XR486 : Westland Whirlwind HCC.12, c/n WA418, ff: 06May64; del Royal Air Force as +
Her Majesty's Government G-RWWW : sold Derek Jones, UK as G-RWWW, unk.; donated to the Helicopter Museum, We+
1024 ht.3 1973 XW852 : RAF HT.3 built by Westland; 1979 CFS/E; conv HHC.4 for 32 squadron; to 9+
1050 ht.3 1973 XW855 : RAF Gazelle HT.3 built by Westland; assigned to CFS/RAF Ternhill; 1976 +
: 32Sq, visited the Air Tattoo, (Sun) 24 Jun 1979
1742 ht.3 1978 XZ935 : RAF HT.3; 1984 HCC.4 type for 32 squadron; as 9332M G.I. DCAE Cosford by +
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XZ935 : At SAAE (DCAE) Arborfield, UK by Jun15
2010 ht.3 1982 ZB629 : RAF HT.3; 1984 HCC.4 type with 32 squadron
London Helicopter Centres G-CBZL : London Helicopters Centres Jan/May 2003
- G-CBZL : Armstrong Aviation from May03
: w/o 22nov03 after hitting a power cable at a private landing site near Dum+
5325 as355f1 1985 ZJ139 : 24jul99 32Sqn. Fairford air show
McAlpine Helicopters G-BLRI : McAlpine Aug/Oct 1985
McAlpine Helicopters G-NUTZ : Oct85-Mar96, lsd to Lake-Air Ltd, Powersense Ltd and Cotfast Ltd
PremiAir Aviation Services G-BLRI : Premiair Apr/May 2006
Von Essen Aviation G-BLRI : Von Essen Aviation May06-Jan07
Von Essen Aviation G-VONK : Von Essen Aviation Jan07-Dec11
- G-VONK : Airbourne Solutions from Dec11
5303 as355f 1983 ZJ140 : 24/25jul99 32Sqn. Fairford air show
- G-GWHH : Wimpey Homes Holdings Ltd Jan84-Jan94
- G-FFHI : Ford Farm Helicopters Jan94-Feb96
McAlpine Helicopters G-FFHI : McAlpine Feb/Mar 1996, conv to AS355F1 type
PremiAir Aviation Services G-BKUL : Premiair Apr/May 2006
Von Essen Aviation G-VONH : Von Essen Aviation May06-Feb12
PremiAir Aviation Services G-VONH : Premiair Feb/Nov 2012
London Helicopter Centres G-VONH : London Helicopters Centres Ltd Nov12-Feb14, to Belgium
- G-VONH : Apr13-Apr14, sold Eurocopter AS355F-1 1983 - Single Pilot IFR, VIP Configu+
11665 aw109e 2006 ZR323 : 10jul07 32Sqn. at Conigsby
Westland G-CDVE : Built Agusta in Italy. Westland 21/29 Mar 2006
AgustaWestland UK G-CDVE : AgustaWestland UK from 26apr13
: 17dec13 pictured (bot) at Yeovil
: 14jul16 noon at Kensington Palace

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