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Skeeter AOP.12 XL809 seen at Biggin Hill in
September 2005. (photo, KJC Photography)

Saro Skeeter AOP.12 * Retired *
Sixty-four Skeeter AOP.12 ordered in three batches and delivered from June 1958. The first helicopter to enter full AAC service. Used observation and liaison operations. Withdrawn from service in 1969. 215 hp Gipsy Major 215 engine.

Serial c/no. Prev. Identity Delivered Fate/Notes
XL734 S2/5064   17 June 1958 wfu 27 May 1968, Wyton fire dump 11 Oct 1968
XL735 S2/5066   31 Aug 1958 wfu 27 May 1968, to Manston Fire School but not used, to ATC Sqn Manston, Tattershall Thorpe 1991
XL736 S2/5067   22 Aug 1958 road accident Aug 1968, soc Sept 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969, stored Holzgerlingen, Stuttgart 1989
XL737 S2/5068   22 Aug 1958 w/o 22 May 1962, scrapped Bicester c1964
XL738 S2/5069   30 Sept 1958 to GI, to gate guardian Middle Wallop as 'XL769', stored Middle Wallop
XL739 S2/5071   9 Sept 1958 soc 11 Oct 1968, stored Detmold Apr 1985
XL740 S2/5072   22 Oct 1958 soc 14 Dec 1967
XL762 S2/5074   16 Sept 1958 to GI May 1968, to Museum of Flight East Fortune Nov 1975
XL763 S2/5075   Sept 1958 wfu 5 Dec 1967, to Southall Technical College 16 Oct 1969
XL764 S2/5076   9 Oct 1958 to GI 10 Mar 1967, to Newark Air Museum
XL765 S2/5078   2 Feb 1959 wfu May 1968, to Plaistow Ltd 2 Aug 1968, to Leeds University 1969, to Midland Air Museum Coventry
XL766 S2/5079   17 Oct 1958 wfu 19 Dec 1963, soc 10 Mar 1964
XL767 S2/5080   21 Nov 1958 wfu 21 Nov 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969
XL768 S2/5084   21 Nov 1958 accident 21 June 1962, soc
XL769 S2/5085   21 Nov 1958 to GI Aug 1967, to Kelsterton College 1973
XL770 S2/5086   12 Dec 1958 soc 15 Apr 1969, to RMCS Shrivenham as GI
XL771 S2/5087   18 Dec 1958 accident 31 July 1964, soc 30 Sept 1964
XL772 S2/5088   15 Jan 1959 acccident 16 June 1960, wfu
XL806 S2/5089   23 Jan 1959 wfu Oct 1963
XL807 S2/5090   Mar 1959 soc 14 Dec 1967
XL808 S2/5093   2 Feb 1959 accident 17 June 1967, soc 22 June 1967
XL809 S2/5094   16 Feb 1959 sold Netherlands 26 June 1969, to PH-HOF, to G-BLIX 3 May 1984
XL810 S2/5095   13 Mar 1959 accident 18 Aug 1966, soc 30 Sept 1966
XL811 S2/5096   27 Feb 1959 soc 27 May 1968, to NAPS 2 Dec 1968, to HAM Southend 1972, to the Aeroplane Collection 1983
XL812 S2/5097   13 Mar 1959 to Leeds University 28 May 1969, to G-SARO 1978
XL813 S2/5098   Mar 1959 to Museum of Army Flying 25 Mar 1968
XL814 S2/5099   6 Mar 1959 to GI, to AAC Historic Flight
XM524 S2/5100   1 Apr 1959 to Leuchars fire dump 10 Sept 1968
XM525 S2/5101   9 Apr 1959 accident 30 Apr 1965, soc 11 May 1965
XM526 S2/5102   24 Apr 1959 to Waddington fire dump 10 Sept 1968
XM527 S2/5103   18 June 1959 to GI Oct 1963
XM528 S2/5104   Apr 1959 soc 27 May 1968
XM529 S2/5105   18 June 1959 wfu 11 Apr 1967, to GI, Flint Technical College, nose mated with tail of XM556, to G-BDNS 2 Jan 1976
XM530 S2/5106   26 June 1959 road accident 25 Aug 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969
XM553 S2/5107   26 June 1959 soc 25 Nov 1968, to G-AWSV 31 Oct 1968, C of A expired 11 May 1978
XM554 S2/5108   17 July 1959 wfu 16 June 1967, to Chivenor fire dump 10 Aug 1968
XM555 S2/5109   14 July 1959 wfu 13 apr 1967, to GI, gate guardian Turnhill, gate guardian Shawbury, to Cosford Museum 29 Sept 1983
XM556 S2/5110   28 Aug 1959 to GI 13 Dec 1964, to Flint Technical College Nov 1972, nose mated with tail of XM529, to The Helicopter Museum Weston-super-Mare Apr 1976
XM557 S2/5112   30 July 1959 to GI 3 Oct 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969
XM558 S2/5113   2 Sept 1959 soc Jan 1964
XM559 S2/5114   26 Aug 1959 soc 27 May 1968
XM560 S2/5115   28 Sept 1959 w/o 8 May 1965, soc 31 Oct 1965
XM561 S2/5116   5 Oct 1959 to GI 4 Oct 1967, to Moston College Manchester Oct 1975, to Lincolnshire Aircraft Museum Tattershall 28 Jan 1983
XM562 S2/5117   Oct 1959 soc 1 Nov 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969
XM563 S2/5118   23 Dec 1959 soc 29 Apr 1968, sold Netherlands Oct 1969
XM564 S2/5119   30 Dec 1959 wfu 20 Jan 1969, to Bovington Tank Museum Feb 1969
XM565 S2/5120   18 Nov 1959 to GI 17 Sept 1964, tail boom later used in 'XL769' Middle Wallop gate guardian
XN339 S2/7145   8 Dec 1959 soc 1 Nov 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969
XN340 S2/7146   2 Mar 1960 soc 27 May 1968
XN341 S2/7147   5 Feb 1960 to GI 31 July 1968, to RAF Museum
XN342 S2/7148   4 Feb 1960 to Finningley Fire Dump 28 Aug 1968
XN343 S2/7149   7 Mar 1960 soc 12 Dec 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969
XN344 S2/7150   8 Mar 1960 to GI May 1968, to Science Museum 1975
XN345 S2/7151   28 Mar 1960 soc 1 Nov 1969, sold Netherlands Oct 1969
XN346 S2/7152   22 Apr 1960 soc 1 Nov 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969, stored Holzergerlingen, Stuttgart 1989
XN347 S2/7153   26 Apr 1960 w/o 11 Dec 1965
XN348 S2/7154   22 June 1960 to GI 6 Aug 1968, AAC Museum July 1970, Buckeburg Museum Apr 1974
XN349 S2/7155   2 Aug 1960 soc 22 Dec 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969
XN350 S2/7156   30 Aug 1960 soc 12 Dec 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969
XN351 S2/7157   30 Aug 1960 sold to Shuttleworth Collection 12 Aug 1968, Torbay Air Museum May 1971, Wales Aircraft Museum 1983, to G-BKSC 23 May 1983
XN352 S2/7158   31 Aug 1960 soc 22 Dec 1968, sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969, Tattershall Thorpe 1984
XN353 S2/7159   28 Nov 1960 Manston Fire School Oct 1968
XN354 S2/7160   16 Sept 1960 Sold Netherlands 20 Oct 1969, Hermeskeil Oct 2005
XN355 S2/7161   20 Sept 1960 Manston Fire School Oct 1968

References:

  1. UK Air Arms 2006 (Mach III)
  2. Aircraft in British Military Service (Airlife, 1998)
  3. Saunders and Saro Aircraft Since 1917 (Putnam)


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