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Westland Sea King HAS.5 XZ574
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No: 19598   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2013   Manufacturer: Westland   Country: United Kingdom
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Withdrawn from service in 2004 and arrived at the Museum on 11 June 2008,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
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FAA Museum, RNAS Yeovilton, United Kingdom
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1st Pilot of ditching Albie Fox, 2nd pilot Jock Darroch, Captain Obs Ken Instone and sonar op CPOAcmn Jackson

Added by on 29 July 2015.
The funniest part of the ditching was persuading the three ships company personnel to get out while we were burning and turning on the water.They thought we were spoofing them!

I was worried about the aircraft rolling over when we shut down. Not a good experience, even when you have dunker training.

Once everyone was out I taxied it away from them and then shut down. The aircraft stayed upright and I was able to walk back to the main door, inflate my dingy and step into it before padding away to be picked up by the Wasp that appeared to pick me up.

Added by Albie Fox on 10 September 2015.
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