British Army Lynx helicopter flies in to Imperial War Museum Duxford

By Culture24 Reporter | 26 April 2013

With the exception of the Falklands campaign, the Lynx helicopter has served the British Army in every conflict since 1977. Almost 7,000 flying hours later, one example of the chopper – still used to train Army pilots until last May – has become the newest exhibit awaiting visitors to Imperial War Museum Duxford.

A photo of a light green helicopter on concrete outside a museum
© IWM Duxford
Originally known as a Mark 1, the fresh arrival is a Mark 7. Its relatives have been adopted by the armed forces of at least 12 nations, although Lynxes primarily served the British as a battlefield and anti-armour vehicle, as well as in search and rescue operations and anti-submarine warfare.

This Lynx flew with the 7 Regiment Army Air Corps before its training duties. Despite providing troop transport and gunmanship in Iraq and Afghanistan, Lynxes have more recently been replaced by the Super Lynx (Wildcat) helicopters.

“The Lynx helicopter would have been seen by every soldier serving on operations during the past 35 years,” says John Delaney, the museum’s Collections Manager.

“The majority would have benefited by receiving supplies from them, being carried by them or receiving gunfire support from them.

“This is the first Army helicopter to be displayed at IWM and it helps us to demonstrate the unique role played by helicopters on the modern battlefield.”

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A photo of a green helicopter on concrete
© IWM Duxford
A photo of a helicopter being moved into a warehouse
© IWM Duxford
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I did see an Alouette ll at Duxford a few years ago. I can't remember the number but I serviced all Alouette's used by the army at one time or another. They were lastly used as VIP aircraft to ferry around high ranking visitors . Brilliant aircraft.
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