Aircraft Data Sheet: Scout AH MK 1 (1960)
|First flight:||4th August 1960|
|Rotor diameter:||9.83m/32ft 3ins|
|Max weight:||2,404 kg/5,300lb|
Rolls-Royce Nimbus 101 turboshaft
|Accommodation:||Pilot plus four|
A five seat general purpose helicopter, the result of continued development
of the Saunders-Roe P 531 for the British Army. Design and manufacture of
the Scout was the responsibility of the Fairey Division at Hayes. Production
aircraft went mainly to the Army with a few examples sold for export.
The Scout remained in service with the Army until 1994 giving the Army Air Corps its introduction to the operation of turbine powered helicopters, serving in the Middle East, Hong Kong and the Falklands.