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Armed Forces: Decommissioned Aircraft

Volume 704: debated on Monday 13 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many aircraft, broken down by type, were decommissioned in 2007–08; and how many were (a) scrapped; (b) put into storage; and (c) disposed of to third parties. [HL5315]

Twenty-six aircraft were decommissioned in the financial year 2007-08. Of these, the number scrapped and disposed of to third parties is shown in the table below. It is not possible to give a figure for the number put into storage during that year because, as part of normal fleet management, aircraft will be rotated through storage to replace aircraft undergoing repair, maintenance or upgrade programmes.

Aircraft type

Scrapped/Used for spare parts

Disposed of to third parties

Hercules C130K



Tornado F3



Tornado GR1






Sea King




(1) Aircraft transferred to the Disposal Services Agency in July 2007 for scrapping/onward sale.

(2) Gifted to a private museum.

(3) Three aircraft sold to QinetiQ and three sold to a third party for scrapping.

(4) The remains of two aircraft, destroyed in an accident in March 2003, were released from the RN Flight Safety and Investigation Centre for disposal during the period.