Westland Wessex

Market's closure marks end of an era as PLA set to move in

People's Liberation Army helicopters could be deployed at Sek Kong soon after the handover, according to a senior RAF officer.

Saturday, 31 August, 1996, 12:00am

Paint out RAF and they're ready to go

Wanted: good homes for six Wessex helicopters, approximately 30 years old, good condition, GBP10 million new. Apply Ministry of Defence.

The Royal Air Force 28 Squadron is looking for buyers for its remaining aircraft as the British Garrison prepares to leave the territory.

15 May 1996 - 12:00am

RAF flies the flag for Queen's birthday

IT WAS Dick Barton, and he was on the radio, but the shout ''for Queen and country'' had nothing to do with the fictional 1930s British special agent.

This was Squadron Leader Dick Barton - ''Yes, I do get a bit of stick about my name'' - with final instructions for his crew on a special and very British occasion - the Queen's official birthday.

12 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Inquiry into leak about secret flight

MILITARY Police have begun an inquiry into the leaking of information which they say has jeopardised anti-smuggling operations.

Royal Air Force sources say the service is furious about the release of top-secret details of a helicopter flight to an observation post on an outlying island.

23 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Grounded Wessex hit island ridge

THE Royal Air Force Wessex helicopter crash during Severe Tropical Storm Becky was the second involving the RAF's choppers in the past month, the Sunday Morning Post can reveal.

One of the RAF's eight Wessex helicopters in Hong Kong damaged its fuel tank on a ridge during a joint forces anti-smuggling operation on an outlying island in mid-August. No one was injured.

19 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Helicopter forced to use runway

THE Wessex helicopter which rescued 14 survivors yesterday suffered a malfunction in the tail wheel forcing it to make a forward landing like an fixed wing aircraft at Kai Tak airport rather than the usual landing on a helipad at the British Military Hospital.

18 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Crashed Wessex may be scrapped says squadron

THE Wessex helicopter which ditched yesterday will not be replaced if it cannot be made flightworthy again, according to the head of Hong Kong's Royal Air Force 28 Squadron.

The number of Wessex helicopters based at RAF Sek Kong is set to be cut from eight to six by the end of next year, and the crashed machine was one of those earmarked for possible return to Britain.

18 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

Wessex pushed to limit in mercy mission

A RESCUE team pushed its helicopter to the limit of its fuel supply yesterday to pluck an injured fisherman to safety from a remote ocean rendezvous.

A Royal Air Force crew was helped by a tail-wind as it tested the capabilities of its Wessex helicopter to make the rendezvous with service colleagues on HMS Starling, which had picked up the injured man from his boat.

17 Sep 1993 - 12:00am

RAF waiting for Wessex all-clear

FULL flying clearance for the eight Royal Air Force Wessex helicopters based at Sek Kong is taking longer than originally thought.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said that although the helicopters had not been grounded after a crash involving a Wessex in north Wales last week in which three teenage cadets died, squadron leaders had been told to cut unnecessary flying.

19 Aug 1993 - 12:00am