No. 1310 Flight RAF
|No. 1310 Flight RAF|
|Active||10 April 1944 – 21 July 1944
31 March 1953 – 7 December 1953
23 July 1964 – 14 October 1966
20 August 1983 – 1 May 1986
December 1995 – ? (Bosnia)
? – April 2005 (Basra)
? – current (Kandahar)
Atkinson field, British Guyana
RAF Kelly's Garden, Falkland Islands
RAF Mount Pleasant
Kandahar Air Field
|Equipment||Avro Anson I
Westland Whirlwind HAR.10
Scottish Aviation Twin Pioneer CC.2
Boeing-Vertol Chinook HC.1
No. 1310 (Transport) Flight was first formed at RAF Llandow on 10 April 1944, equipped with Avro Anson I transport aircraft. The flight was disbanded on 21 July 1944 at RAF Bognor, absorbed by 83 Group Support Wing.
1310 Flight was re-formed at RAF Lyneham with Avro York transport aircraft to provide transport services for the early nuclear weapon tests in Western Australia, disbanding at Mellala on 7 December 1953.
The next incarnation of 1310 Flight was at RAF Odiham, where the Flight prepared to transfer to British Guiana, in South America, to assist the nascent government of the newly independent state. Its first role with helicopters flying Westland Whirlwind HAR 10's, with three helicopters, three pilots and approximately thirty ground crew, then deployed to Atkinson Field. This mission was carried out alongside five Alouette II helicopters of 24 Flt. Army Air Corps, in joint support of the British Army for two years before its helicopters were flown back to RAF Fairford with the Flight disbanding on 14 October 1966.
Following the Falklands War, the Flight was reformed at Kelly's Garden near to Port San Carlos, as 'ChinDet Falkland Islands', flying Chinook helicopters from Nos. 7 and 18 Squadrons, renamed as No. 1310 (Tactical Support) Flight RAF. Later 1310 Flt was amalgamated with 1564 Flt to form 78 Sqn at RAF Mount Pleasant.
As of 2006[update], 1310 Flt operates Chinook aircraft in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, supporting the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The Chinook's role in Afghanistan includes air assault, forward operating base resupply, and casualty evacuation.
- Lake, Alan. "Flying Units of the RAF".Airlife Publishing. Shrewsbury. 1999. ISBN 1-84037-086-6