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The AAC to retire the Westland Lynx
« on: January 16, 2018, 08:01:43 PM »
The AAC are to retire the Westland Lynx helicopter - a farewell tour was organised for the aircraft which took place today.The aircraft will be decommissioned at the end of this month.

Some nice shots here,despite it being from the daily fail......http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5274601/Army-brings-Lynx-helicopter-farewell-tour.html
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Re: The AAC to retire the Westland Lynx
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2018, 08:58:04 PM »
had great fun riding in the back of these, shame to see them go. mind you preferred skidds over the tricycle set up.

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Re: The AAC to retire the Westland Lynx
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2018, 10:20:50 PM »
Oddly the Qatari Police took three of the skid AH models, c/ns 28, 33 and 34.  Reportedly they claimed the Gem engines were a bit gutless in the heat but still managed to operate them from 1977 to 1990. 

After that they were airfreighted back to the UK and distributed as ground-instructional airframes.

http://www.demobbed.org.uk/images/_/_qp31_a7.jpg?d=160118231254



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OperatorVariantPlannedActual
UK ArmyUtility150144
UK RNNaval8090
UK RAFUtility300
France ALATAttack*1500
France AéronavaleNaval8040

* per below
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Re: The AAC to retire the Westland Lynx
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2018, 12:21:30 AM »
Sad to see but all things and that.  Remember seeing my first Lynx AH1 around late January / early February 1978.

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Re: The AAC to retire the Westland Lynx
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2018, 12:04:40 PM »
Not many maintainers will be sad to see them go. ;-)
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Re: The AAC to retire the Westland Lynx
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2018, 12:09:20 PM »
Some cracking pictures in that article.

Shame they aren't coming over here for the final tour