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84 squadron
84 Squadron was formed on 7 Jan 1917 and from Aug 1920 has spent most of its deployment in the Near, Middle or Far East. Its helicopter operations began briefly at RAF Khormaksar with the Sycamore HR.14 between Dec 1956 and May 1957, when it reverted to a fixed wing transport and communications role, disbanding with Andover C.1s at RAF Muharraq on 1 Oct 1971. Its present SAR role began when it reformed from the Whirlwind HAR.10 of 1563 Flight and a detatchment from 230 Squadron at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on 17 Jan 1972 and it has been in Cyprus since then.
In 1982, the Whirlwinds were replaced by Wessex HC.2, which together with a detachment at Nicosia, provided distinguished service for over 10 years. B Flight from Nicosia flew its Whilwinds to Akrotiri on 26 Feb 1982 where they were initially stored in Hangar 85 and later moved up near the NAAFI site. The unit was re-equipped with ex-RN Wessex HU.5s between Jun 1984 and Nov 1994, until their retirement in Jan 2003.
Although the 84 Squadron SAR tradition continues with Griffin HAR.2s, the airframes are now owned and maintained under contract by FB Heliservices.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1972/nowCY RAF AkrotiriLCRA
1956/67YE Khormaksar / Aden InternationalOYAA
? to ?CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)LCNC
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YearsModels
2003/now412
1984/03 wessex     Wessex HU.5
1982/84Wessex HC.2
1972/82 whirlwind     Whirlwind HAR.10
1956/57sycamore

Construction Numbers for . / 84 Sq / 84Sq Help Us

C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 27 har.4 1954 XD184 : RAF; Mar.93 pictured HAR.10 type preserved in 84 Sqn colors at RAF Akrotir+
13387 sycamore 1956 XG547 : Built at Weston-super-Mare as HR.14. 284 Sq/5 by Nov 1956, CFS/S-T, to 801+
- G-HAPR : To British Rotorcraft Museum by Jun 1979; Reg. cancelled Jun 2008; To Brus+
wa 53 har.4 1955 XJ437 : 84 Sq A Flt/Clubs by 1982, GI Akrotiri for BDRT, to 8788M, privately owned+
wa141 har.2 1956 XK970 : 84Sq B Flt/P by 1972, to 8789M, rescue training at Akrotiri by 1983 still +
wa142 har.2 1956 XK986 : 84Sq B Flt by 1972, to 8790M, rescue training at Akrotiri by 1983, scr. Od+
wa349 har10 1961 XP329 : 15jul73 Fundraising flight with 84 Sqn B Flight in support of the UNFICYP +
: 84Sq B Flt/V by 1972, to 8791M GI at Salamanca Barracks Episkopi by 1983, +
wa361 har10 1962 XP345 : CFS(H)/W-L by Apr 1962; 202 Sq/M by Jul 1967; 1563 Flt; 84 Sq B Flt by Sep+
wa362 har10 1962 XP346 : 84 Sq A Flt/Diamonds by 1981
- XP346 : pres. Long Marston by Jun 2005 still Jul 2013.
: All Things Wild, Honeybourne. Part of the play park.
wa386 har10 1962 XP398 : 225 Sq; 110 Sq; 103 Sq; 202 Sq; 1563 Flt to 84 Sq 1972.
: 84 Sq A Flt/Hearts by 1981, to 8794M GI St Johns School Cyprus by 1984
- XP398 : pres. Gatwick Aviation Museum by Mar 1996, still Aug 2003, still Nov 2012
wa404 har10 1962 XR454 : During a hover taxi at RAF Akrotiri, with 84 Sq, main rotor failure and ai+
wa144 hc.2 1964 XR522 : ff 22 Apr 1964, dd 1 May 1964 . 78 Sq/O by 1965, HOCF/BW by Sep 1970, 84 S+
Uruguayan Air Force 071 : FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XR522; Gate Guardian Grupo 1 FAU at Carrasco air bas+
wa159 hu.5 1964 XS485 : 1992 Rebuilt at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus; Was HC5C with 84 Sqn RAF. Had heart+
Royal Navy XS485 : Royal Navy Wessex HU.5C d/d 06feb64; scr Gosport, 2002
: Noted as G.I with AESS at HMS Sultan, Gosport 28may99 named/coded Hearts e+
wa172 hu.5 1964 XS498 : To RAF 84 Sq /Joker by 1991
Royal Navy XS498 : Wessex HU5C. d/d to RN 1964, 848Sq/T-A by 1965, 845Sq, 847 Sq/C-S by 1969+
Royal Marines XS498 : 847 Sqn Mar/Apr69 as /C
Royal Navy XS498 : 31oct73 848Sqn./VC-B visit
: jan79 confirmed coded VL/WQ 707NAS
: 848Sq /ZK landed on mv Astronomer in Plymouth Sound 7 Jun 1982, for South +
: Returned via Devonport late July 1982 and transferred back to 707Sq; At RN+
: 02apr90 in my flying log as 84Sqn RAF Akrotiri
: to HMS Sultan (AESS Gosport) as G.I A2641; to Predannack 19 Jul 1999 still+
- XS498 : to Air and Ground Aviation, Hixon autumn 2000. Some parts used in XT601.
wa186 hu.5 1964 XS517 : Apr90, asg 84Sq as an HC5C when I arrived there.
: Became HC5C on 84 Sqn RAF in RAF Akrotiri and had a diamond emblem on the +
Royal Navy XS517 : Royal Navy Wessex HU.5C d/d 1964; scr Gosport 2002
: jan79 coded VL/WV 707NAS
: 07May82 noted RNAS Yeovilton coded WV of 848Squadron
: 31jul82 pictured coded ZC of 707Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton; The yellow and+
wa187 hu.5 1964 XS518 : to RAF mid 1984. crashed into sea in Limassol Bay with 84 Sq 4 Nov 1986.
Royal Navy XS518 : Westland Wessex HU.5C, c/n WA187, f/f:?; del Royal Navy as XS518, 1964; w/+
Royal Marines XS518 : reactivated 847 NAS 07may-24sep 1982 as /XP
: 847Sq /XP noted here on 13 May 1982, to join mv Atlantic Causeway later th+
wa285 hu.5 1965 XT463 : 84Sq /Ace of Clubs by Mar 1985. Returned to UK Oct 1995 to Shawbury store.
: 1990-1993, worked on her, was not 78 Sqn but 84 Sqn
Royal Navy XT463 : Royal Navy Wessex HU.5 d/d 07sep65; to AEES Gosport for G/I as A2624, 28s+
: dd 7 Sep 1965, 845 Sq/R-B by May 1966; 848 Sq/VS-B by Sep 1974; 707Sq /WZ+
: to Fleetlands by Nov 1982, for conv to HU.5C for RAF
: to AESS Gosport by Oct 1996; to Predannack by Oct 1999.
- XT463 : to Air and Ground aviation, Hixon autumn 2000
wa301 hu.5 1966 XT479 : to RNAY Fleetlands for conversion to RAF HU.5C, until c Aug 1984, to suppl+
: 1993 84 Sqn RAF as HC5C with spade badge on tail, Akrotiri, Cyprus
Royal Navy XT479 : Royal Navy Wessex HU.5 d/d Apr66; stored near Pafos, Cyprus, l/n Aug04 no+
: 707Sq / X-CU by May 1966
: Nov 1971 emergency landing at Lympstone after stbd engine computer failed.
: 707 Sq / X-VL by Jun 1972, 707Sq / WX-VL by Aug 1973.
: Jan79 coded 707Sqn VL/WX
: Feb 1980 emergency landing at Okehampton Camp after stbd engine failed in +
: 845 Sq/B, part of disembarking shuttle from HMS Invincible to Seaton Barra+
: 707 Sq / ZA by May 1982
wa533 hc.2 1966 XT606 : 72 Sq/O by Nov 1966 still Jun 1968. 84 Sq A Flt/Diamonds by May 1984, to 2+
- XT606 : 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
wa548 hc.2 1967 XT680 : 22 Sq by Sep 1981 still May 1984, 84Sqd/\Diamondsby 2002 - Jan 2003 retire+
- XT680 : 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
wa625 hc.2 1968 XV730 : 22 Sq by Sep 1984 still Sep 1986, 84 Sq/Clubs by 1999 - Jan 2003 retired a+
- XV730 : 2011 pictured on right of XT680 stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
36296 412ep 2002 ZJ703 : RAF Griffin HAR.2 supplied under COMAR at RAF Akrotiri by FB Heliservices,+
Bristow G-CBST : Bristow Jun/Nov 2002
FB Heliservices G-CBST : FB Leasing Nov02-Jun03, for RAF
36304 412ep 2002 ZJ704 : ex G-CBWT. Supplied under COMAR at RAF Akrotiri by FB Heliservices. 84 Sq/+
Bell Helicopter Canada C-GFNR : BHTCL; toward G-CBWT
FB Heliservices G-CBWT : FB Helicervices; from 2002 to 2003 ex C-GFNR toward ZJ704
36306 412ep 2002 ZJ705 : RAF Griffin HAR.2 from Jun03; 84Sqn /5 (Hearts) at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus;+
Bell Helicopter Canada C-GBUP : Bell Canada 2002
Bristow G-CBXL : Bristow Helicopters Nov02-Jan03
FB Heliservices G-CBXL : FB Leasing Jan/Jun 2003
36308 412ep 2002 ZJ706 : ex G-CBYR. Griffin HAR.2 supplied under COMAR at RAF Akrotiri by FB Helise+
24 serials found for . / 84 Sq, 84Sq

Operations

DatesOperation
20-jul-7430-sep-74CY Partition of Cyprus
31-oct-5606-nov-56EG Operation Musketeer


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