Westland Lynx HC28 QP-31 was moved from Fleetlands, Hampshire, where it had been used as a training aid, to a new home at the Newark Air Museum in Nottinghamshire on 18 December following donation by its owner, Andy Rawden. Built in 1978 with the constructor’s number WA033, this Lynx initially flew in the UK as a trials unit machine with the markings G-17-21 before becoming one of three examples purchased by the Qatar Ministry of the Interior for operation by the Qatari Police with the serial QP-31.
“We are extremely grateful to Andy Rawden for his generosity in donating this Lynx helicopter to the museum”, commented Dave Hibbert, museum trustee and acquisitions officer. He continued, “We appreciate that it will be a long-term rebuild project to complete its restoration and initially it will be stored on site. At Andy’s request we will aim to display it in its original Qatari Police Force markings.”