Wessex HU5 – XS 481

Wessex HU5 – XS 481

Type: Wessex HU5

Serial: # XS 481

Current Location:
Aeroventure. South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

Website:
http://www.southyorkshireaircraftmuseum.org.uk/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/112020578821360/

Side number: 522

History and how she looks now in Doncaster.
http://www.helis.com/database/cn/14354/ 

Notable Flights

25.7.79
Air Day incident, as described in Rescue Pilot chapter 9 “Summer Days, Doctors and Displays” when a joke by a Royal Marine nearly caused the loss of the aircraft.

16.12.79
After nearly eight hours in the saddle for the SKOELOS SKY rescue the day before (in another helicopter – see Rescue Pilot chapter 1 “A Greek Play”) we started at 0715 and spent another 4 hours 30 minutes today looking for wreckage after the sighting of a lifebuoy in the sea. Visibility down to 1/2 mile in rain. Vectored to the search by an RAF Nimrod, nothing found.

5.3.80
Scrambled with a Fireball for another Wessex with problems.

Photos

XS481-1_LR

XS 481

522 (XS481) taking part in the Culdrose Air Day 1979. I’m flyng XS487 as the #2.

XS481-2_LR

XS 481

522 (XS481) leading the other Wessex HU5s of 771 Naval Air Squadron 1980. I’m flying 23 as the tail end charlie.

XS481-3_LR

XS 481

Explosions below, fighter jets above, and with smoke pouring out of the cockpit I can’t even see my own instrument panel.