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QinetiQ Orders 4 H125 for UK MoD ETPS, 01-Mar-17 : QinetiQ ordered 4 Garmin G500-equipped H125 / AS350B3e helicopters to replace the Gazelle in use by the UK MoD’s Empire Test Pilots’ School (ETPS) from 2019

Cobham Bell 412 Support for QinetiQ, 02-Jun-16 : Cobham sign contract to provide Helicopter support to the UK Empire Test Pilots’ School and Rotary Wing Test and Evaluation Squadron. A Bell 412 Griffin HAR.2 will be based at MOD Boscombe Down


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Aerospatiale AS355F1 Ecureuil 2
Aerospatiale SA341C Gazelle HT.2
Aerospatiale SA341D Gazelle HT.3
AgustaWestland AW109E Power
Sikorsky S-61L
Westland Dragonfly HR.1
Westland Lynx
Westland Lynx AH7
Westland Scout AH.1
Westland Sea King HC.4
Westland Wessex HC.2
Westland Wessex HU.5

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List of Aircraft for ETPS
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
1905 ht.3 1982 QinetiQ : MoD ETPS at Boscombe Down by 2011
Royal Air Force ZB625 : RAF HT.3
QinetiQ ZB625 : QinetiQ by 2010
11131 aw109e 2001 QQ100 : Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) 2011
: 19jul15 ETPS pictured at RIAT 2015
- B-7770 : China 2002-2003
heli transair.com D-HARY : Heli Transair at Egelsbach 2004-Feb05
- EI-TWO : Ireland 2005-2008
Castle Air Charters G-CFVB : Castle Air Feb/May 2009
QinetiQ G-CFVB : QinetiQ May09-Mar11
wa/h/008 hr.1 1949 VX595 : conv HR.5 at RNAY Donibristle from Nov 1956 to Jun 1957; at ETPS and RAE +
Royal Navy VX595 : Spent time in storage variously at Fleetlands, Gosport and Portland, until+
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
f.9475 ah.1 1962 XP849 : AAC in 1990 ETPS
British Army XP849 : AAC Westland Scout AH.1
: w/o 03apr97 heavy landing at Netheravon during autorotation training; 201+
- G-CBUH : 5aug02
wa178 hu.5 1964 XS509 : ETPS by Mar 1982 still May 1984 still 1990. Sold Feb 1998.
: 25jul91 pictured as Wessex HU.5 ETPS at RAF Odiham during families day
: 13+14jun92 ETPS at ATI 92
Royal Navy XS509 : dd Royal Navy Sep 1964; 848Sq/G-A by Jan 1965 still Mar 1969.
: RNEC Manadon by Sep 1969 as A2597, until c Jun 1970.
: returned to airworthiness at RNAY Fleetlands from Jul 1970; 707Sq/WP-VL by+
: 1979 707Sq VL/WP
- ZK-HVK : New Zealand private; w/o 12feb01 during logging operations near Motueka, +
wa197 hc.2 1965 XS678 : w/o 19mar76 with ETPS; front fuselage to Hawker de Havilland, Australia fo+
Royal Air Force XS678 : Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 19mar65, d/d RAF 02apr65
: 72 Sq/K by Jun 1968 still Sep 1968.
Royal Air Force of Oman XS678 : seconded to Sultan of Oman Air Force as XS678, unk
61-393 S-61L 1966 XV370 : ETPS, visit to RAF Chivenor 6 Nov 1981
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+
1743 ht.3 1978 XZ936 : 1990 ETPS (Empire Test Pilots School); jul91 still ETPS
: 13+14jun92 ETPS
: 13jul04 ETPS./6 homebase
: 15jul10 ETPS at Boscombe Down
: Jun11 still with ETPS at MoD Boscombe Down
Royal Air Force XZ936 : Gazelle HT.3 built by Westland; to MoD Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) +
QinetiQ XZ936 : w/o 02jun14 after tail was cut off by main rotors, during engine off landi+
1750 ht.2 1978 XZ939 : 1992 with ETPS at MOD Boscombe Down; 2016 still
Royal Navy XZ939 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland
QinetiQ XZ939 : QinetiQ from 1991
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
: 23jan01 848Sqn./ZN
: 848 NAS/WN noted in Hangar 10 at RNAS Yeovilton
: 2007 846Sqn./F
: 846Sq /F aboard HMS Bulwark during Navy Days 2009
: 23jun12 pictured as 848Sqd /F at the RNAS Yeovilton airshow
315 Lynx 1985 ZD559 : AH.5X type; ETPS Boscombe Dow d/d 1988
333 ah7 1987 ZD560 : Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS) Boscombe Dow d/d 1988; 1992 pictured (to+
: 24/25jul99 ETPS. Fairford air show
: 13jul04 ETPS. homebase
: 15jul10 ETPS at Boscombe Down
: 09jul11 pictured (bot) again 19 years later at Yeovilton with ETPS mrks
11173 aw109e 2003 ZE416 : ETPS; 21jul13 pictured (middle) at RIAT 2013 RAF Fairford
QinetiQ ZE416 : QinetiQ d/d 2007; 17jul10 pictured (top) at RIAT 2010 RAF Fairford
: 11jul15 at Farnborough
wa 996 hc.4 1989 ZG829 : replaced Sikorsky S-61 XV370 with ETPS in 1989.
: MoD; 1990 ETPS; jul91 ETPS
: 13+14jun92 ETPS
Royal Navy ZG829 : Sea King Mk4X; Empire Test Pilots School, Boscombe Down
5115 as355f1 1981 ZJ635 : ex G-NEXT. Delivered to ETPS at Boscombe Down in Dec 1999 and painted in t+
Bristow G-WDKR : AS355F1, registered as G-WDKR Jul 1995. To G-NEXT Sep 1995.
McAlpine Helicopters G-NEXT : Ex G-WDKR. Became G-NEXT Sep 1995, to UK MoD in 1999.

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