Westland Sea King HAS.5 XZ574
Falklands veteran photographed in the FAA Museum at RNAS Yeovilton on 21 April 2013.
Built by Westland at Yeovil as an HAS.2, c/n WA842, first flight on 2 September 1976. Delivered to NASU Culdrose on 6 October 1976, then to 826 Sqn by 19 January 1977.
Lost main rotor gearbox oil on 30 March 1978, landed on water in Arabian Sea and later capsized next to HMS Tiger. Crew and passengers rescued, aircraft recovered by HMS Tiger and taken to Malta. Shipped to UK by RFA Tidepool, repaired and converted to HAS.5.
Went to South Atlantic in HMS Invincible and flown by, among others, HRH The Prince Andrew, on rescue missions.
Withdrawn from service in 2004 and arrived at the Museum on 11 June 2008,
Picture added on 29 October 2013 at 08:01