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Royal Navy Sea King HAS.6, XV712/66 On Display In Hangar 3/North ~

28th May 2010

No 814 NAS was eligible to be a member of the elite ‘Tiger Squadron Association’ as a head of a winged Tiger formed part of the Squadron badge. With the 1997 NATO Tiger Meet being held that year during the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford, XV712 was duly decorated in yellow and black Tiger stripe markings with a Tiger face being prominently painted on the nose of the helicopter. This is the scheme it is still in.

XV712 was lucky in its retirement in spending its days as a training airframe at the Royal Naval Engineering and Survival School at HMS Sultan, Gosport. From time to time, XV712 was transported by road and used as a static display item at various events and air shows over the intervening years. XV712 made its last road journey on the 27th May 2010, when it travelled up from Hampshire and arrived at the IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire where it will now be in permanent retirement and preservation, alongside the rest of the Royal Navy aircraft on display in the Museum.

Having first flown on the 8th March 1972 and entered service with the Royal Navy on the 20th April 1972 as a Sea King HAS.1, XV712/66 (Cn. WA683) finished its service life in December 2000 as a HAS.6 when flying with No 814 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose where the Squadron was disbanded.