The Army Air Corps (AAC) is the combat aviation arm of the British Army. Recognisable by their distinctive blue berets, AAC soldiers deliver awesome firepower from battlefield helicopters and fixed wing aircraft to overwhelm and defeat enemy forces.
1 September 1957
Aviation Combat Arm
Search and Strike
As well as using firepower to support and protect troops on the ground, the Army Air Corps acts as an eye in the sky, collecting vital intelligence on enemy forces. AAC groundcrew and aircrew work together to fly, refuel and rearm their aircraft.
The AAC is currently deployed in operation across the world.
We have troops serving in Brunei, Northern Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and more.
Army Air Corps soldiers really do live the high life. From pilots to groundcrew and communications specialists, AAC soldiers work together to keep their aircraft in the sky – and all soldiers are actively encouraged to apply for pilot training.
The AAC is based at HQ Army Air Corps in Middle Wallop, Hampshire.
The work’s exciting and everyone matters Kelly, 21
Army Air Corps soldiers have been wearing the blue beret with pride since 1957. They use Army aircraft, such as the Apache attack helicopter, to deliver hard-hitting and effective support to ground forces during the key stages of battle.
The AAC’s role also includes reconnaissance. From high above the action, they observe enemy forces and pass information to troops on the ground.
This fearsome combination of manoeuvrability and firepower makes the AAC one of the most potent of the Army’s combat arms.
The Army Air Corps was formed in 1957 on the foundations of the Glider Pilot Regiment and the Air Observation Post Squadrons of the Royal Artillery and Royal Air Force. Since then, they’ve watched over the UK and taken part in combat operations across the world.
The Army Air Corps is created.
The AAC deploys on operations in Brunei, Borneo and Aden.
The regiment takes part in Operation Banner in Northern Ireland.
Further deployments in Rhodesia, Falklands, Kuwait, Balkans, Kosovo and Sierra Leone.
The regiment takes part in Operation Fingal and Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.
The AAC participates Operation Telic in Iraq and Operation Ellamy in Libya.