Eskadrille 724

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Soldiers emerging from two AS 550 Fennec from Eskadrille 724

Eskadrille 724 is a Danish Air Force helicopter squadron, housed at Karup Air Base in central Jutland.

It was official erected on 7 August 2003, when the Danish Army's Hærens Flyvetjeneste (HFT) was disbanded and transformed into Eskadrille 724. The name "Hærens Flyvetjeneste" was used onto August 2005.

The squadron consist of 12 AS 550 Fennec. In the Danish Defence agreement 2005-2009, Eskadrille 724 is to be disbanded; the Fennec helicopter loses its anti-tank capability and will likely be used in a light transport- and observation unit.

Until 12 September 2005 the squadron also operated 10 H-500 Cayuse helicopters.

Previous Eskadrille 724[edit]

A previous Eskadrille 724 did exist in the Danish Air force.

On 8 January 1951 Eskadrille 724 at Karup Air Base was established and in a matter of month equipped with 20 Gloster Meteor fighters. In June 1952 the squadron moved to Aalborg Air Base and here it was in 1956 equipped with Hawker Hunter fighters. In 1958 it moved back to Karup Air Base, but already in 1959 it was again moved, this time to Skrydstrup Air base.

With the Danish defence agreement on 26 April 1973, Eskadrille 724 was to be disbanded. The last Hawker Hunter fighter was flown to Aalborg Air Base on 30 March 1974, to be disbanded and stored.

Source[edit]

  • FOV Newsletter no.15, 2003 ISSN: 1602-4982
  • Karup Air Base tjenestestedsblad "Vindposen", December 2003
  • FLV12-okt2005