During the 1970s and 80s, the RAFs helicopters went from strength to strength, playing a significant role in the RAFs endeavours both at home and abroad. The Westland Whirlwind was used in the search and rescue (SAR) role before being replaced by the Westland Sea King. Highly visible in their bright yellow liveries, both these aircraft were often seen around the British coastline. The Westland Wessex was used in support helicopter and SAR roles. The Aerospatiale Puma, used both during combat and relief operations, was introduced to RAF service in 1968 and is still being flown today. The instantly recognisable Boeing Chinook came into service in 1981, just in time to take part in the Falklands War, and is also still being used today. With over 180 black and white and colour photographs, this book, the fifth in a series covering British combat aircraft of the 1970s and 80s, showcases the helicopters used by the RAF and their part in the latter stages of the Cold War.
After a 32-year career in the RAF and three years working for a civilian company as its Head of Operations, Chris Goss is now a full-time aviation author and military historian. He is the author of over 40 critically acclaimed books covering aspects of the World War II air war over North- West Europe. He is a historical consultant for a number of major projects, such as the recovery of the Dornier 17 by the RAF Museum and Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and for TV channels such as The History Channel and Channel 5s The Battle of Britain: 3 Days that Saved a Nation.