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  • Super Puma makes final landing at museum by Rickard Gillberg
    Super Puma makes final landing at museum by Rickard Gillberg
    Super Puma makes final landing at museum by Rickard Gillberg
    Super Puma makes final landing at museum by Rickard Gillberg
    Super Puma makes final landing at museum by Rickard Gillberg
Moments prior to 14:00 today one of the Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing’s HKP 10 Super Pumas made its very last landing in military service when it touched down at Säve Airport in Gothenburg.
© Christofer Rossi© Christofer RossiThe helicopter, which was flown from the Air Base in Luleå, will be displayed at the Aeroseum Aviation Museum together with the wide range of military aircraft in the museum’s collection. The Super Pumas are in the process of being retired in favor for the new helicopter systems HKP 14 (NH90) and HKP 16 (UH-60 Black Hawk).

The helicopter that arrived in Gothenburg today, tail number 96, is one of three “B” models that were specially adapted for international peacekeeping operations. © Åke Englund© Åke EnglundThese aircraft were assigned to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in northern Afghanistan between 2011 and 2013, prior to being replaced by Swedish Black Hawks.

This very helicopter, HKP 10 number 96 (10406), was delivered to the Swedish Air Force in 1990. It was nicknamed Victoria and came to serve as regional search and rescue aircraft at various Air Force Bases throughout the country. It joined the newly established joint Swedish Armed Forces Helicopter Wing in the late-90s.

The HKP 10 Super Pumas, which are originally AS 332 M1 versions, have served in the Armed Forces since 1988. A total of twelve helicopters were delivered – ten in a first batch and two additional helicopters that were handed over in the mid-90s. The new sophisticated search and rescue aircraft replaced the Air Forces’ ten ageing HKP 4s (Boeing-Vertol 107). The Super Pumas served a long life in the air-rescue role, and they have accounted for a large number of saved lives across the country. A total of nine Super Pumas remained in service until the end of the HKP 10 era.

The Swedish Armed Forces is still operating a limited fleet of Super Pumas for the present being. All of these are stationed at the F21 Kallax Air Force Base in Luleå.

Here are a few images from the final landing of WHITEFOX 396.
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