Armed Forces Overviews
Fleet Air Arm
Fleet Air Arm
Benson (EGUB)
RAF
Rwy: 01/19
Pos: 51°37'06"N 001°05'42"W
Elev: 226 ft
Unit Aircraft Type(s) Tail Code Badge
846NAS Merlin HC3
Merlin HC3A
A until Z
AA until AF

Culdrose (EGDR)
RNAS; HMS Seahawk
Rwy: 07/25, 12/30, 18/36
Pos: 50°05'08"N 005°15'17"W
Elev: 267 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Tail Code Badge
750NAS Avenger T1
771NAS Sea King HU5 (CU-8)16 to (CU-8)29
814NAS Merlin HM1 CU-265 to CU-275
820NAS Merlin HM2 CU-010 to CU-019
824NAS Merlin HM2 CU-580 to CU-589
829NAS Merlin HM1
Merlin HM2
CU-500 to CU-510
849NAS Sea King ASaC7 CU-180 to CU-187
854NAS Sea King ASaC7 CU-180 to CU-187
857NAS Sea King ASaC7 CU-180 to CU-187
736NAS Hawk T1
Hawk T1A
Hawk T1W
CU-840 until CU-875
Culdrose Engineering Training Section (ETS) Sea King HAS5 -
SFDO - School of Flight Deck Operations Various -
The codes of the Merlins of 829sq are often replaced by codes belonging to the ships they embark on.

Painted in retro blue markings, which was applied to the Sea King HAS1 fleet when it entered service, this 771sq bird sits on the tarmac at its homebase on 21 July 2009.
Photo: Hans Heemskerk
The FRADU operates with a fleet of Hawk T1 aircraft from RNAS Culdrose. A small, two aircraft, detachment is maintained at RNAS Yeovilton. The tailfin of this Hawk is painted in a special "100 Years FAA" colours.
Photo: Hawk Hans Heemskerk
Large red coloured markings identify this Sea King as a Search and Rescue bird, operated by 771sq at RNAS Culdrose.
Photo: Hans Heemskerk
In 2009 the first Merlin HM1 helicopters were returned to AgustaWestland Ltd at Yeovil, where they are to be converted to HM2 standard. Wearing an attractive tiger pattern, this picture shows a Merlin HM1 at its homebase on 21 July 2009
Photo: Erik-Jan Engelen
At Gosport/HMS Sultan one can find the Royal Navy Air Engineering and Survival School (RNAESS). Amongst the helicopters present for training purposes is this Westland Wasp.
Photo: Erik-Jan Engelen
Gosport
RNAS; HMS Sultan
Pos: 50°48'07"N 001°09'46"W
Elev: 20 ft
Aircraft Type(s) Tail Code Badge
DCMarE - Defence School of Maritime Engineering Various

Plymouth (EGHD)
Roborough
Rwy: 06/24, 13/31
Pos: 50°25'22"N 004°06'21"W
Elev: 474 ft
Unit Aircraft Type(s) Tail Code Badge
FOST - Flag Officer Sea Training AS365N2

Predannack (EGDO)
RNAS
Rwy: 01/19, 05/23, 10/28, 13/31
Pos: 50°00'04"N 005°13'51"W
Elev: 295 ft
Unit Aircraft Type(s) Tail Code Badge
RNSFF - Royal Navy School of Fire Fighting Various
RNAS Predannack is a satellite field of RNAS Culdrose.

Various old RAF and FAA airframes have found their way to RNAS Predannack where they are used to train fire fighters. (21jul09)
Photo: Erik-Jan Engelen
Prestwick (EGPK)
RNAS
Rwy: 03/21, 13/31
Pos: 55°30'28"N 004°35'12"W
Elev: 65 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Tail Code Badge
771NAS / Prestwick (Gannet) SAR Flight Sea King HU5 (CU-8)16 to (CU-8)29

Yeovilton (EGDY)
RNAS; HMS Heron
Rwy: 04/22, 09/27
Pos: 51°00'34"N 002°38'20"W
Elev: 75 ft
Squadron Aircraft Type(s) Tail Code Badge
727NAS Tutor T1 last two
815NAS / HQ Flight Lynx HMA8SRU 301 to 308
815NAS / B Section Lynx HMA8SRU 311 to 316
815NAS / Ships Flight Lynx HMA8SRU 327 and higher
825NAS Wildcat HMA2
845NAS Sea King HC4 / HC4+ (Y)A to (Y)M
NFSF(FW) - Naval Flying Standards Flight (Fixed Wing) Hawk T1
Hawk T1A
Hawk T1W
RNHF - Royal Navy Historic Flight Chipmunk T10
Sea Fury FB11
Sea Hawk FGA6
Swordfish I
Swordfish II
Possibly 815sq/B Section will be reflagged to 809sq in 2010. It will then become the second Fleet Air Arm Wildcat squadron, after 700(W)sq.
The codes of the Lynx helicopters assigned to 815sq/Ships Flight often are allocated deck landing codes belonging to the ships.
The NFSF(FW) operates with two to three Hawk jets on loan from 736sq(RNAS Culdrose).

The Lynx HAS3/HMA8 fleet will be replaced by the Wildcat. The naval prototype of this helicopter performed its maiden flight end 2010.
Photo: Erik-Jan Engelen
This shot is taken at a hot Refuel point at the Salisbury Plain. This area is used by the British military for large scale, joint-service training, often prior to deployment to Afghanistan.
Photo: Hans Heemskerk
Lynx HAS3 Royal Navy XZ229 Volkel 18-06-2009 Mike Schoenmaker.jpg
Photo: Mike Schoenmaker
Merlin HM.1_ZH840_NL-38_Volkel_20062009_NielsHoogenboom.jpg
Photo: Niels Hoogenboom
Merlin_ZH838_Kl-Brogel_18sep09 Richard Baas.jpg
Photo: Richard Baas
Seaking HC4 Royal Navy ZF115R Fairford 18-07-2009 (2) Mike Schoenmaker.jpg
Photo: Mike Schoenmaker
Sea_King_HU5SAR_ZA137_20_771SQN_EGVA_Tim_Raats_18jul09.jpg
Photo: Tim Raats
ZD 636 Salisbury Plain 22jul09 Hans Heemskerk.jpg
Photo: Hans Heemskerk
ZF 121 Salisbury Plain Hans Heemskerk..jpg
Photo: Hans Heemskerk
ZH 802 Culdrose The Harriers still taxiing every day for training Hans Heemskerk.jpg
Photo: Hans Heemskerk
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