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  • #31
    Originally posted by Savoia View Post
    Swimming Scout
    Westland Scout XR628 as seen on 8th June 1982 in McPhee Pond, the Falkland Islands
    Carrying on with the Para connection - Dick was Para Reg - this particular aircraft (XR628) was shot down on 24 May 1964, carrying 3 Para CO (Lt Col Farrar-Hockley) in the Radfan/Aden. He was in this Scout reconnoitring the Wadi Dhubsan area, Radfan. The aircraft was hit by enemy fire and the pilot made an emergency landing behind enemy lines. Farrar-Hockley rejoined the unit and was awarded the Bar to his Distinguished Service Order for his leadership. The aircraft was subsequently recovered.


    • #32
      628 certainly seems to have been in the wars!

      Here's another take of her in McPhee Pond:

      Plus some additional photos:

      Lt. Col. Anthony Farrar-Hockley as seen with Major General Anthony Ward-Booth in 1984

      Tony Ward-Booth was known to my late godfather. I met his son Tim (who sadly passed away) in East Africa in the mid-80's.

      XR628-B (cn F9528) as seen at Plymouth Airport on 25th July 1970 (Photo: Chris England)

      XR628 (cn F9528) as seen at Southend Airport on 6th August 1978 (Photo: Peter Nicholson)


      • #33
        The Good Days: A Scout Video


        • Savoia
          Savoia commented
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          Nice one Warty!

      • #34

        This aircraft suffered an engine failure shortly after take-off from Hildesheim Airfield in Germany, due to water-contaminated fuel. Following a hasty auto-rotation. it skidded along a farmer's field, crossed the first drainage ditch but failed to climb the second!

        As you can see, the main-rotor dropped down too far on impact and chopped out a chunk of tail rotor drive shaft. I think that's it lying on the ground. The nose got a bit bashed in but it didn't look all that serious to me (I was sent out to get photos for the accident investigation). Nevertheless, I understood that it was written off as being beyond economic repair.

        This accident was in January 1980. What confuses me is that there are several instances of XT637 being mentioned in the Falklands. One Argentinian post suggests that this airframe was piloted by "Sargento D.KALINSKY" (sic) the week before the swimming-Scout incident in 1982. XT637 (of 656 Sqn) is also claimed to have been damaged during a Skyhawk raid on June 13th 1982 and had to be airlifted out for repair.


        • Savoia
          Savoia commented
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          Wow Warty! What terrific photos, bravo!

          You mentioned on the previous page that another Scout had an engine failure. Were these a common occurrence?

          UK Serials has XT637 listed as being scrapped at Yeovilton in 1994, so it would indeed be interesting to know whether she flew again. Have to say that there doesn't seem to be any obviously available information to confirm this, but hopefully we may happen upon some additional details.


        • Warty
          Warty commented
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          I don't remember starting problems as being any big deal - just part of a normal day's work. A lot of these were sorted on the dispersal so they would never have made it into the 700.

      • #35
        Just a note to say that my rotary-wing training was conducted by that lovely ex-AAC gentleman Bill Bailey of Westland Scout fame. Bill soon had me off solo and with immediate thoughts of copying Mike Meger's superb display handling (see my comments on the Enstrom thread), I set out to gain some serious helicopter handling.

        Some of you might know that dear Bill Bailey was indeed a Scout whizz kid. Flying during the Aden troubles he lost his tail rotor from ground fire, but knowing a thing or two about Scout handling, Bill kept the machine airborne to safely reach base. His reward was the coveted DFM. And they don't give those away with a pound of NAAFI tea. So I can claim that as Bill was weened off the lovely old Scout, so he in turn weened me off the new Enstrom.

        I never graded as a Scout P1 but I did get to spend a whole day flying G-NOTY out of Thruxton and later the equivalent Wasp version when writing an article for the newish LOOP magazine. Photos from both these occasions you can see on the previous page.


        • #36
          Brilliant stuff Denissimo!

          Never really knew much about Bill Bailey so any additional comments about him would be welcome.

          What was your overall impression of the Scout when you flew G-NOTY?

          I mean there aren't so many British designed and built single turbine helicopters, but the Scout was one of them!

          Herewith a clip of the Scout performing an auto from a free air hover, which you might find enjoyable:


          • #37

            Westland Scout G-BYKJ (F9696) as seen at Perth Scone Airport on 12th April 2008

            It 'seems' as if there are but three Scouts in the UK with an active permit to fly:


            • #38
              Westland Scout Arrival and Landing at Old Warden


              • #39

                The latest currently airworthy Scouts in the UK.

                Since our previous list (see above) we have seen the addition of G-BXRS and G-CIMX, but Elipix has a more comprehensive summary of Scout activity which he has threatened to post shortly!


                Andrew Baker as seen with his Westland Scout G-KAXW (F9740) ex-XW612 at Dunchurch Showground in Rugby on 25th August 2019


                • #40
                  Here is what I believe to be a complete list of all civil registered Westland Scout Helicopters in the UK and their fate !

                  G-APVL sold 18.8.10 to ZK-HJG
                  G-APVM Cancelled 2.10.68 to XR493
                  G-ARGI Reservation not taken up
                  G-BKLJ parts used in G-BMIR (Wasp)
                  G-BWHU Current with Nigel Boston but has a potential change in progress
                  G-BWJW Withdrawn from use 13.11.12
                  G-BWLX Cancelled 3.8.10 became N438VC
                  G-BXOE Cancelled 21.1.98 re-registered as G-ONEB
                  G-BXRL Crashed 15.7.98 and again on 16.10.99 wfu
                  G-BXRRCancelled 23.1.14 re-registered as G-KAXW
                  G-BXRS Current with Christopher John Marsden
                  G-BXSL Crashed at Cambridge 19.11.01
                  G-BYKJ Cancelled 15.8.19 to A9C-
                  G-BYNZ Crashed 24.9.00 at Lugershall
                  G-BYRX Crashed 29.11.15 at Ruddington
                  G-BZBD Crashed 23.8.00 at Streatley
                  G-CBUH Cancelled 18.8.10 to ZK-HQU
                  G-CIBW Current with Historic Aircraft Flight Trust
                  G-CIMX Current with Graham Hinckley
                  G-CRUM Current with Andrew Goddard
                  G-KAXL Cancelled 27.4.06 to Sierra leone
                  G-KAXW Current with Military Vehicle Solutions Ltd
                  G-NOTY Cancelled by CAA 15.11.18
                  G-ONEB Cancelled 12.5.06 to Sierra Leone
                  G-SASM Current with Christopher Marsden
                  G-SCTA Current with Guy Harrison but has a potential change in progress
                  G-SROE Current with Saunders Roe Helicopters Ltd.



                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Great info Elipix. It will be interesting to see whether more Scouts become airworthy in the years ahead.

                • #41
                  Back in October 1997 I visited RNAS Almondbank near Perth, Scotland and photographed 5 Westland Scout helicopters being sold by tender bidding. They were:- XP890 XR625 (Really XT625) XR628 XT645 and XV138.

                  They were all purchased and moved to the Ipswich area, either with Bolenda Engineering (Lee Rofix) or Everett Aero Supplies.

                  XP890 was badly damaged at Middle Wallop when Bell 47G-4 G-AXKT landed on top of it in 1981
                  XV138 became G-SASM many years later in 2010


                  • Savoia
                    Savoia commented
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                    Fascinating Elipix, grazie!