Defence Helicopter Flying School

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The Defence Helicopter Flying School (DHFS) was a military flying school based at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire, England. The school, established in 1997, was a tri-service organisation and trained helicopter aircrews for all three British armed forces. It initially used the Eurocopter Squirrel HT1 and Bell Griffin HT1 helicopters, which were retained despite the introduction of the Airbus Juno HT1 and Airbus Jupiter HT1.

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Defence Helicopter Flying School
Badge of the Defence Helicopter Flying School
Active1 April 1997 – February 2020 (continued as No. 1 FTS)
CountryUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
BranchNaval_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg Naval Service
Flag_of_the_British_Army.svg British Army
Air_Force_Ensign_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg Royal Air Force
TypeFlying training school
RoleBasic and advanced helicopter training
Part ofNo. 22 Group RAF
Home stationsRAF Shawbury (HQ) and RAF Valley
Motto(s)Gaudeo Volatu
(Latin for 'I take joy from flight')
Unit aircraft codes
  • Last two digits of serial number (Squirrel)
  • Single letter, with all aircraft together spelling S I X T Y R U L E (Griffin)
  • Last two digits of serial number (Juno and Jupiter)

The school was re-badged as No. 1 Flying Training School during February 2020 and continues to provide helicopter training for the British armed forces.