No. 658 Squadron AAC

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No. 658 Squadron AAC
Active 1 Sept 2013 – Present
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch United Kingdom Army Air Corps
Type Joint unit
Role Special forces aviation support
Garrison/HQ Stirling Lines
Aircraft flown
Helicopter Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II
Westland Gazelle AH1

No. 658 Squadron AAC is a squadron of the British Army's Army Air Corps.

The squadron is now operational after the expanding of No. 8 Flight AAC.


8 Flight AAC[edit]

No. 8 Flight AAC was formed on 1 September 1957 as No. 8 Independent Reconnaissance Flight AAC in Asia before shortly moving to Kenya.[1]

During the mid-1960s the flight was renamed to No. 8 Flight AAC and operated in Aden in connection with No. 653 Squadron AAC.[1]

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.[citation needed]

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.[1] 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.[2]

658 Squadron[edit]

Current use[edit]

8 Flight was renamed No. 658 Squadron AAC on 1 September 2013.[3]

Aircraft operated[edit]

From To Aircraft Variant Notes
1 September 2013 Present Eurocopter AS365N3 Dauphin II [3]
1 September 2013 Present Westland Gazelle AH1 [3]


  1. ^ a b c "8 Flight AAC". British Army units from 1945 on. 10 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Tim Ripley (10 December 2008). "UK Army Air Corps received Dauphins". Jane's Defence Weekly. 45 (50): 10. 
  3. ^ a b c Gary Parsons (January 2014). "News briefs". AirForces Monthly. Stamford: Key Publishing: pg.7.