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XP827 on display at RAF Chivenor, Devon.
Photo: Robin A. Walker © 22 August 1970  
XP827 at St. Athan.
XP827 has been "zapped" by South Arabian AF sticker when in Aden!
Photo: Peter Vine © 20 September 1969




de Havilland Aircraft, Hatfield. Delivered 02-Nov-1961 to Hawarden, Chester via Liverpool Docks.. First flight 19-Jan-1962.

Note: The last of the first batch of 36 aircraft for the Army Air Corps.

XP827 Delivered 02-Feb-1962 to 19 Maintenance Unit, RAF St. Athan, South Glamorgan.

Seen at RAE Farnborough 04-Jan-1964.

Taken on charge by Army Air Corps Centre, at Middle Wallop, Hampshire 22-Jan-1964.

Left for Aden 24-Jan-1964 via Khartoum and joined 15 Flight, 653 Squadron.

Unit retitled 15Flight, 3 Wing AAC in 1965.

To Khormaksar 07-Sep-1967 at withdrawal of British forces from Aden. Utilised to train SAOF pilots until 04-Oct-1967.

Returned to the UK with 15 Flight but delivered to 19MU store at St Athan, South Glamorgan, Wales. 09-Oct-1967.

Delivered to the Advanced Fixed Wing Flight at Middle Wallop on 02-Feb-1971.

Returned to 19MU at St Athan during 1973to be used as a liaison aircraft using an RAF callsign.

At Hawarden, Chester for modifications. Fitted with extra fuel tank and HF radio Jan-1971

Returned to Middle Wallop on 16-Sep 1974 in preparation for a ferry flight to Kinshasa, Zaire in support of the Zaire River Expedition.

Aircraft left Hurn, Bournemouth for Kinshasa, Zaire on 06-Oct-1974 via Marseilles, Algiers, El Golet, Tammanrasset and Agedes, Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Libreville and then on to Kolwezi. 51.8 Flying Hours. The aircraft returned to the UK by the same route on 16-Feb-1975.

Returned to 19MU at St Athan, Sth Glamorgan by Mar -1976.

To 5 MU RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire.

To RAF Shawbury, Shropshire for storage and then dumped at Netheravon, Wiltshire. Part of cabin seen Feb-1989 but removed by Mar-1990. The tail section seen in 658 Squadron hangar Feb-1989 (Actual location uncertain).

Presume scrapped


XP827 at Netheravon.
Photo: Peter J. Cooper © 27 August 1987 - Aird Archives