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Sud Aviation Alouette II

Sud Aviation Alouette II - XR379 (G-CICS)

XR379 was delivered to Middle Wallop as as F-WIEN in May 1961. Originally this aircraft was numbered XJ379 however this was amended some time later to XR379. Her first operational unit was 18 Flight AAC, based at Detmold in BAOR where she was taken on charge on the 19 June 1961.

Her next station was 27 Flight AAC, at Bunde where she remained until replaced by Scout in late 1969. From here she self-deployed to 6 Flight as part of 667 Aviation Squadron, Netheravon, joining the new unit on 20 November 1969. She was again replaced by Scout at Netheravon and was transferred to 16 Flight AAC at Dhekelia, Cyprus. XR379 was eventually transferred back to Royal Naval Air Yard (RNAY) Wroughton when the Alouette II was replaced by Gazelle AH1 in October 1988. At this time she was the oldest aircraft in 16 Flight having accumulated 9037.6 hrs. She was flown to Akrotiri on 13 October 1988 for return to UK and arrived at RNAY Wroughton for storage shortly afterwards.

She was not advertised for sale with the remainder of the Alouette aircraft on 9 March 1990, but instead was transferred to the Museum of Army Flying as a static display. Once transferred to the Army Historic Aircraft Flight on 25 July 1990 she underwent minor refurbishment, both in France, courtesy of Eurocopter and at Middle Wallop. XR379 was handed over to the Historic Aircraft Flight Trust on 1 February 2015 and registered with the civilian register as G-CICS.

Alouette tail boom

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