8 Flight AAC

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8 Flight Army Air Corps
Active Unknown - 1 Sept 2013.[1]
Country United Kingdom
Branch Formerly Royal Air Force
Last user: Army Air Corps
Type Joint unit
Role Special forces aviation support
Size Wing
Part of United Kingdom Special Forces
Equipment Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II
Westland Gazelle AH1
United Kingdom Special Forces

8 Flight Army Air Corps was one of the Independent Flights within the British Army's Army Air Corps. The unit was attached to the Special Air Service (SAS) and was based alongside them in Hereford.[2]

History[edit]

The flight provided the SAS with their own, light Special Operations Aviation support.

The flight previously operated four Agusta A109As and two Aérospatiale Gazelle helicopters, all of which were retired in 2008. Two of the Agustas were captured from the Argentine forces in the Falklands War in 1982 as war prizes and the other two were bought new.[3] All four were replaced with four Eurocopter AS 365N Dauphin helicopters.

8 Flight was renamed No. 658 Squadron AAC on 1 September 2013.

Aircraft[edit]

Former Aircraft[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gary Parsons (January 2014). "News briefs". AirForces Monthly (Stamford: Key Publishing): pg.7. 
  2. ^ "Military Aircraft: Helicopters". Parliament of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Tim Ripley (10 December 2008). "UK Army Air Corps received Dauphins". Janes Defence Weekly, Vol. 45, Issue 50: 10. 

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