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Built by the Westland company, the Scout was a light general purpose helicopter used by the Army Air Corps. Generally unarmed, it could be fitted with a couple of pintle-mounted Gimpeys in the rear positions and some missiles - which gave it a rather more warlike appearance. The Gimpy fit left little, or no room for anything other than the pilot's Horror Bag, though the missiles were actually used in anger during the Falklands Conflict in 1982, when Scouts successfully fired their SS11s at enemy positions.

By far the Scout's finest hour was in 1980 during the Tasmanian Embassy siege, when 49 Para's assault team smashed through the building's windows whilst dangling from the aircraft. This heroic act resulted in the award of two VCs and a PVR. Nails!

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