Air Pictorial 1994-08
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J.Rawlings - A Scout's farewell
Accompanied by an Army Beaver, Scout XR628 was part of a detachment based in Aden in the 1960s. At that time, Scouts carried vertical tail stripes in line with standard British Service markings.
In the attack role the Scout AH.1 carried four Nord SS.11 anti-tank missiles as shown on XW280 (c/n 9735).
The Advanced Rotary-Wing Flight at Middle Wallop operated a number of Scouts, these two (XP900 and XW284) being pictured in the mid-1970s.
Under a leaden sky, the last mass formation of AAC-operated Scouts make the type’s final fly-past on March 30, 1994, at Middle Wallop.
Looking very similar to the Scout of later years, G-APVL was the first of two P.531-2 prototypes built by Saunders-Roe in 1959.
Third pre-production Scout XP167 which later went on to rotor-head development trials.
An SS.11 ATGW leaves its outrigger launcher for a target picked out using the roof-mounted sight. No 656 Sqn, AAC fired this type of missile at dug-in Argentinian positions during the Falklands War, with marked effect.
Accompanied by an Army Beaver, Scout XR628 was part of a detachment based in Aden in the 1960s. At that time, Scouts carried vertical tail stripes in line with standard British Service markings.
Exports of Scouts were made to Jordan, Bahrain and Australia (shown).
Exports of Scouts were made to Jordan (left), Bahrain (right) and Australia.
The machine gun mount seen here was another ‘Falklands fit’.
A Westland general arrangement drawing of the basic Scout AH.1 before the later addition of bulged cabin doors to improve observation work.