AS350 Airframe History

The following information is provided by ADF Serials, to whom we extend our grateful thanks. 

All of the ADF Squirrels are included in the table.  Those in yellow started life in the RAAF and were sold off.  The eight aircraft in pale blue started life in the RAAF but were subsequently transferred to the RAN when the ADF Helicopter School at Fairburn was disbanded.  The six in dark blue were allocated directly to Navy. 

ADF Serial Const No. Aircraft History
A22-001

N22-001

1727
Delivered 28/02/84.

Took part in test program after buckling of tail of A22-24 during 1995.
Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Transferred to Navy 10/00 in the Blue/White paint scheme.
Reserialled N22-001.  RAN Code: 801. Still in the Blue/White paint scheme.

Noted in Grey Scheme 05/2009.
Moruya, NSW in May 2009 after precautionary landing due to Fuel warning light.
Dec 17. Transferred to RAAF Museum, Point Cook.

 

A22-002 1728
Delivered 28/02/84.

Noted in Photograph marked as ‘2’.
Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
19/09/2001 Sold by tender in 2002 and registered VH-UTJ,

Has a large 246 painted on the rear door. Note at Avalon 2005 as VH-UTJ.
Used with the 2003 Victorian Bushfires. VH-LUI
19/10/2007 Registered VH-EFT to Airborne Investments Pty Ltd, South Yarra, VIC and operated by Choppair Helicopters Pty Ltd, Cheltenham East, VIC.

 

A22-003 1742
Delivered 18/03/84.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.Sold by tender in 2002 and registered VH-UTM 19/09/02.
Has a large ‘242’ painted on the rear door.

Used with the 2003 Victorian Bushfires.
26/03/2013 Registered VH-UTM to Rotorpower (Holdings) Georges Halls, NSW.

 

A22-004 1744
Delivered 13/04/84. Richmond Airshow 1988.

Crashed 1997, Canberra Fairbairn ACT.

 

A22-005 1754
Delivered 28/02/84.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Sold by tender in 2002 and registered VH-BUK 19/09/02.
Written Off.

 

A22-006 1759
Delivered 12/06/84. Richmond Airshow 1988.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Sold 2002/20003.
Registered VH-ALP 20/03/03.
VH-TCE
01/07/2007 Registered VH-THJ to Australian Helicopter Traders Pty Ltd and operated by the Helicopter Services Australia Pty Ltd, Tullamarine, Vic.

 

A22-007 1762
Delivered 20/06/84. Was in Service ARDU.

Sold by tender in 2002 and registered VH-IDG.
29/06/2006 registered VH-IDG to Gumcurry Pty Ltd, East Devonport, Tasmania.

 

A22-008 1763
Delivered 26/06/84.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Sold by tender in 2002 and registered VH-AHT 02/10/02.
Cancelled from Australian Register 30/06/06.

 

A22-009 1765
Delivered 05/07/84.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Sold by tender in 2002 and registered VH-UTN 19/09/02.
29/04/2005 registered VH-UTN to Heli-Muster Pty Ltd Georges Hall, NSW and operated by Heli-Aust Pty Ltd Georges Hall, NSW.

 

A22-010 1766
Delivered 10/07/84.

1989, Landed on under slung Load.
Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Sold and registered VH-ZSM 14/04/04.
22/03/2010 Registered VH-ZSM to Multifix Constructions Pty Ltd and operated by Gold Coast Leisure Services Pty Ltd, Main Beach, QLD.

 

A22-011

N22-011

1767
Delivered 18/07/84.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Transferred to Navy 10/00, still carry Blue/white markings. Now N22-011.
RAN Code: 811. Still in the Blue/White paint scheme.
Was in service 723 Sqn RAN, written off 15/05/01 at Wagga Wagga NSW. It was doing pilot training and on approach was in an autorotation practice, upon landing the aircraft entered ground resonance. The tail boom struck the ground away from the airframe. Crew; Lt Grant O’Loughlan and Sqn Leader Peter Sammons. After this occurrence all landing gear shock absorbers were tested for serviceability.

 

A22-012 1743
F-ZKBY, delivered 06/07/84.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Sold. Registered VH-WEB 13/01/03.
26/02/2006 Registered VH-WEB to Central (QLD) Holdings Pty Ltd, Emerald, QLD

 

N22-013 1726
Delivered 30/11/83. RAN Code: 23, 860.

Named ‘Marvin the Martian’ in 1998.
Noted 25/02/02 all over grey with dark markings.
Retired prior to 30/09/15.  December 2017. Reported as SOLD to civil operator.

 

N22-014 1738
Delivered 01/03/84. RAN Code: 24, 861.

Served aboard HMAS Darwin during and after Gulf War 1990.These aircraft were modified to take a 7.62mm machine gun in the cabin doorway.
Crashed Townsville early 90’s. (Details unknown)
Noted East Sale 03/04/2003
Retired prior to 30/09/15. Empennage located in storage at Australia’s Museum of Flight, Nowra NSW.
December 2017. Reported as SOLD to civil operator.

 

N22-015 1739
Delivered 09/03/84. RAN Code: 25, 862.

Previously in blue/white paint scheme currently overall grey.
Served aboard HMAS Adelaide during and after Gulf War 1990. These aircraft were modified to take a 7.62mm machine gun in the cabin doorway
Retired prior to 30/09/15.
Transferred to FAA Museum, Nowra.

 

N22-016 1740
Delivered 09/03/84. RAN Code: 26, 863.

Previously in blue/white paint scheme currently overall grey.
Was in Service 723 Sqn RAN
Retired prior to 30/09/15.
December 2017.  Reported as SOLD to civil operator.

 

N22-017 1755
Delivered 24/03/84. RAN Code: 27, 864.

Served with FFG02, HMAS Canberra Flight – dates unknown, but was still painted in blue/white scheme.
Served aboard HMAS Success during and after Gulf War 1990.
These aircraft were modified to take a 7.62mm machine gun in the cabin doorway. Callsign TAIPAN 64, was embarked in HMAS DARWIN during 1991 for that ship’s ‘DAMASK 3’ deployment, shortly after the Gulf War. It was airborne at the time of the ship’s engine fire and could not recover to the ship until the Flight Deck had been cleared of debris ejected through the funnel during the initial explosion in the ship’s engine unit. Following recovery, the aircraft was refuelled and flew ship’s engineering staff to Bahrain, returning with USN FFG Engine specialists. During the deployment 864 never missed a mission through unserviceability. An engine change was performed whilst alongside in Bahrain, and the aircraft passed the subsequent check test flight first time. Named ‘Barney Gumble’ in 1998.

Onboard HMAS ANZAC during Operation WARDEN, East Timor 1999/2000 – however it hardly flew due to engine problems.
Was in Service 723 Sqn RAN, retired prior to 30/09/15.
Transported to the Australian War Memorial 30/08/17.

N22-018 1758
Delivered 18/06/84. RAN Code: 28, 865.

Was in Service 723 Sqn RAN, retired prior to 30/09/15.
December 2017: reported to be in preparation for ‘gate guard’ at HMAS Albatross.

 

A22-019

N22-019

1768
Delivered 02/10/84.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Transferred to Navy 10/00. Reserialled N22-019.
RAN Code: 819. Still in Blue/White colour scheme. Went to the Navy without an Autopilot, later added by the Navy.
In Service 723 Sqn RAN.
December 2017.  Transferred to Oakey for Army Aviation Museum.

 

A22-020

N22-020

1769
Delivered 28/09/84. Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.

Transferred to Navy 10/00. Reserialled N22-020.
Previously A22-020. RAN Code: 820.
Noted 25/02/02 still in blue/white colours.
In Service 723 Sqn RAN as Taipan 20.
December 2017.  Reported as sold to civilian operator.

 

A22-021

N22-021

1770
Delivered 06/11/84.Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.

Transferred to Navy 10/00, still carry Blue/white markings.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN, later reserialled N22-021.
Previously A22-021. RAN Code: 821. Still in Blue/White colour scheme.
In Service 723 Sqn RAN.
December 2017.  Reported as sold to civilian operator.

 

A22-022

N22-022

1771
Delivered 22/11/84.

Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Transferred to Navy 10/00, still carry Blue/white markings.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN, later reserialled N22-022.
Previously A22-022. RAN Code: 822. Still in in Blue/White colour scheme.
Spotted at Avalon Airshow 2005.
In Service 723 Sqn RAN.
December 2017.  Reported as sold to civilian operator.
A22-023

N22-023

1772
Delivered 27/11/84.Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.

Transferred to Navy 10/00, still carry Blue/white markings.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN, later reserialled N22-023.
Previously A22-023. RAN Code: 823. Was in Blue/White colour scheme until 2007.
After ‘R’ servicing repainted in grey Scheme.
Held by 723 Sqn RAN as a spare and is preserved as of 30/09/15.
December 2017.  Reported as sold to civilian operator.

 

A22-024

N22-024

1773
Delivered 27/11/84.

Incident which resulted in the buckling failure of its tail boom during 1995.
Was in Service ADF Helicopter School, Fairbairn ACT.
Transferred to Navy 10/00, still carry Blue/white markings.
Served with 723 Sqn RAN, later reserialled N22-024.
Previously A22-024. RAN Code: 824. Still in Blue/White colour scheme.
In Service 723 Sqn RAN as Taipan 24.
December 2017.  Reported as sold to civilian operator.