Skeeter AOP.12

Registration: XL736
Country of origin: UK
Built: Eastleigh, UK, 1958
Manufacturer: Saunders-Roe
Constructor's Number: S2/5067
Engine: One 215hp De Havilland Gipsy Major 215 engine

Type: Two seat observation helicopter

Note: Stored in container. Written off in a road accident in 1968.

Details: Delivered to the Army Air Corps 22 August 1958. Based at Saxmundham, and Holzerlingen near Stuttgart. Served with 1 Flt, 655 Sqn, 5 Regiment Royal Artillery British Army.

Two Skeeter AOP.12s (XL736 and XM530) were written off as damaged beyond repair on 25 September 1968 while en-route to the Larzac training area, in Southern France by road. With the impending withdrawal of the type they were not repaired, and were struck off charge 20 October 1969.

XL736 was sold off to a civilian owner at Moordrecht, Netherlands by the end of 1969. Later stored at Holzerlingen, Stuttgart, Germany by 1989. Acquired less boom by the Helicopter Museum in May 2011.

The Museum has restored Skeeter XL811 which is on display in the Main Collection.