No. 658 Squadron AAC
|No. 658 Squadron AAC|
|Active||1 Sept 2013 – Present|
|Branch||Army Air Corps|
|Role||Special forces aviation support|
|Helicopter||Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II
Westland Gazelle AH1
The squadron is now operational after the expanding of No. 8 Flight AAC.
8 Flight AAC
No. 8 Flight AAC was formed on 1 September 1957 as No. 8 Independent Reconnaissance Flight AAC in Asia before shortly moving to Kenya.
The original flight was a detachment of aircraft and personnel from 653 (Netheravon) and 666 (Topcliff) Squadrons AAC with 2 Scout helicopters. There were two pilots and 3 REME Technicians supporting the SAS Team.
In 1998 the flight moved to AAC Netheravon gaining Agusta A109As before moving to Credenhill Barracks around the year 2000 with Westland Gazelle AH.1 being added. During 2008/09 Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II replaced the A109A's. 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.
8 Flight was renamed No. 658 Squadron AAC on 1 September 2013.
|1 September 2013||Present||Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin||II|||
|1 September 2013||Present||Westland Gazelle||AH1|||