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Formed on 12 May 1912 at Upavon. It has a distinguished record of fixed wing training, through various name changes until after WWII. It reformed on 7 May 1946 at Little Rissington and continued until it was restructured on 1 May 1952 into a Basic wing at RAF South Cerney and an Advanced wing, remaining at Little Rissington.
In Mar 1954, a Helicopter Development Flight formed at Middle Wallop within CFS, with the Dragonfly and the Skeeter. By Jan 1956 it had moved to South Cerney and disbanded to become the CFS Helicopter Squadron with a mixture of Dragonfly, Skeeter, Sycamore and Whirlwinds. It moved to RAF Ternhill in Aug 1961 and reformed as the CFS Helicopter Wing, comprising 3 squadrons with various roles, including the Search and Rescue Training Squadron which formed at RAF Valley in Apr 1962. CFS(H) disbanded at Ternhill on 31 Mar 1976 to become 2 FTS.

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Locations

YearsLocationICAO/FAA
1961/76RAF Tern HillEGOE
1956/61South Cerney
1954/55AAC Middle WallopEGVP
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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
wa 29 har.4 1954 XD186 : RAF f/f Aug 1954, d/d Nov 1954 to 155 Sq; crashed 11 Sep 1958 and for repa+
13150 sycamore 1953 XE309 : HR.14 Aden Protectorate Communication and Support Squadron (sometime betw+
13222 sycamore 1954 XE320 : crashed after loss of control near Peplow on 13 Oct 1965 while with CFS(H)+
13269 sycamore XG509 : Struck ground in turn and rolled at Ternhill on 13 Feb 1962 while with CFS+
13368 sycamore XG514 : Rolled during sloping ground practice at Ternhill on 10 Jan 1964 while wit+
13372 sycamore 1955 XG518 : HR.14 dd Oct 1955. Amman Stn Flt, Habbinya Stn Flt, El Adem Stn Flt, Khorm+
- XG518 : to North East Aircraft Museum 15 Mar 1983, still Sep 1991, still 1996, gon+
: to Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum before 2000, still present 2014
13374 sycamore 1955 XG520 : built at Filton, dd 14 Nov 1955. Rolled over at South Cerney after ground +
13377 sycamore 1955 XG523 : JEHU-JHU/5 by Oct 1956; CFS-H/V, heavy landing w/o on 25 Sep 1962 at Ternh+
- XG523 : Nose section preserved at Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, by 2000
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+
13242 sycamore 1956 XJ380 : dd RAF as HR.14 on 22 Oct 1956;275 Sq; 228 Sq; CFS; Catterick Fire School +
- XJ380 : private owner in Drighlington, S. Yorks by 1988; to New Byth, Grampian by+
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection XJ380 : to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection Jun 2007. Restoration began Jan 2008.
13409 sycamore XJ915 : CFS(H)/B-S by 1965, Damaged at Ternhill during practice tailwind handling +
13412 sycamore 1956 XJ917 : In Rescue c/s at RAF Turnhouse 1958; CFS/S-H by Sep 1963; soc 12 Dec 1972
Flambards Experience XJ917 : To Cornwall Aero Park (at least 1979 to 1985)
- XJ917 : Bristol Aero Collection; Kemble 2000 to May 2012; Bristol Aero Collection,+
S2/3012 Skeeter 6B 1956 XK479 : built as T.11, ff 2 Jul 1956, dd 18 Dec 1956, CFS 1957, disassembled for s+
13415 sycamore 1956 XL820 : HR.14 dd Feb 1957. Crashed near Tern Hill while with CFS on 25 Mar 1964
13460 sycamore 1957 XL826 : 275 Sq by Jan 1959, CFS(H)/A-S Ternhill by 1963. w/o 28 Feb 1966 Ternhill,+
wa342 har10 1961 XP299 : A&AEE Jul 1961 to Apr 1962; Westlands Apr 1962 to Sep 1966; CFS-H /W-H Sep+
wa345 har10 1961 XP302 : Mar65, flew this based at RAF Valley (Detachment from CFS RAF Tern Hill). +
wa351 har10 1961 XP331 : Mar65 flew this from RAF Valley (Detachment from CFS RAF Tern Hill). It wa+
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+
wa371 har10 1962 XP355 : RAF Central Flying School (CFS) March 1962; by 1965 22 Squadron in the Air+
- G-BEBC : Milard Car Services Ltd, London reg 25Jun76; canc as Positively wfu 05Dec+
- XP355 : 04Mar11 pictured preserved at the City of Norwich Aviation Museum
wa403 har10 1962 XR453 : f/f 15 Nov 1962, d/d 29 Nov 1962, CFS 29 Nov 1962, crashed 7 Feb 1963, to +
wa417 har10 1963 XR485 : CFS-H/W-Q, 2FTS/Q, Wroughton store
- XR485 : Preserved at Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum since at least 1983, stil+
wa568/was190 sioux 1967 XV314 : RAF Sioux HT.2 d/d 06oct67, served with CFS (H) at RAF Tern Hill coded M,
- G-BDEE : Reg to Trent Helicopters, Luton Airport EGGW, 02apr76 to South Africa as Z+
- ZS-HGB : Private
wa569/was191 sioux 1967 XV315 : RAF Sioux HT.2 d/d 10oct67, based at RAF Tern Hill with CFS (H) coded W, 1+
- G-BDHY : Reg to Trent Helicopters, Luton Airport EGGW 05feb76 to South Africa as ZS+
- ZS-HFJ : Private, 05oct77 noted at Aviation Africa Airshow, Lanseria FALA
wa570 sioux 1967 XV316 : RAF Sioux HT.2 d/d 06nov67 - served with CFS coded F based at RAF Ternhill+
was198 sioux 1967 XV317 : RAF Sioux HT.2 d/d 06Nov67 alt c/n wa571, served with CFS (H) at RAF Tern +
- XV317 : RAF displayed at RAF Abingdon Airshow, unk to RN maintenance serial A2638
- G-WHIT : Private, 07Feb84 to OY-HDH
- OY-HDH : Private
: unk Pres. Tekniske Museum, Helsingor, Hovedstaden
wa577/was219 sioux 1968 XV323 : RAF Sioux HT.2 d/d 08mar68, based RAF Tern Hill with CFS (H) coded L - di+
- G-BCZL : Reg to British Executive Air Services, Coventry Airport EGBE, , w/o 25jul7+
wa623 hc.2 1968 XV728 : f/f 25 Apr 1968, d/d 10 May 1968 to RAF. To 18 Sq, to CFS, to 2FTS by 1981+
newark air museum XV728 : Sold Jun 1998 from DARA Fleetlands to Newark Air Museum and arrived b+
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 +
1199 ht.3 1974 XW902 : CFS, static display at the Air Tattoo, 23 Jun 1979
- G-CGJY : private, Feb10-Dec13
- G-RBIL : private, from Dec13
: 01apr17 flown over Chesterfield, Derbyshire, UK
1244 ht.3 1974 XX374 : RAF HT.3; 1979 as L in Central Flying School (CFS) RAF Shawbury; 2FTS w/o +
1727 ht.3 1978 XZ930 : RAF HT.3; CFS/Q; instructional airframe as A2713 at Gosport
Royal Navy XZ930 : 2000 to HMS Sultan, Gosport for ground instruction; 25may13 pictured in fr+
: 25Jul13 seen back at HMS Sultan on trailer
: Oct14 at RAF Coningsby during the Close Air Support exercise
1728 ht.3 1978 XZ931 : RAF HT.3; 1980 CFS/L; 2001 wfu
- N931XZ : Rotor Leasing at Las Vegas, NV Dec01-Dec13
: private at La Quinta, CA Dec13-May15
- ZU-HGZ : South Africa from May15
1734 ht.3 1978 XZ932 : RAF HT.3; 1987 CFS/S; to civ 3D-HGW
- 3D-HGW : ex RAF XZ932
- G-CBJZ : ex 3D-HGW
1736 ht.3 1978 XZ934 : 1988 CFS /U
London Helicopter Centres G-CBSI : London Helicopter Centres Ltd Jun02-May03
- G-CBSI : private from May03
: 02jul16 pictured with Gazelle Squadron at RNAS Yeovilton during Air Day 20+
: 09sep16 at a private house in Nuffield Marsh Lane between Redhill and Nuff+
1791 ht.3 1979 ZA801 : RAF HT.3 built by Westland; CFS RAF Shawbury; w/o 18nov80 crashed at Chetw+
1792 ht.3 1979 ZA802 : RAF HT.3; 1984 CFS/W; to civ G-CBSJ
- G-CBSJ : ex RAF ZA802; to G-HOBZ
- G-HOBZ : ex G-CBSJ
1915 ht.3 1982 ZB628 : RAF HT.3; 1986 CFS/V; w/o 09sep93
39 serials found for . / CFS, CFS(H)


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