The RAF 'Queens' Flight', currently formed by 32 Squadron based at RAF Benson, operates a number of aircraft in the VIP transport role, principally providing specially equipped aircraft for the British Royal family.
The Westland Wessex was a turbine-powered helicopter which was a development of the American Sikorsky S58. It was picked up by the RAF from the Royal Navy in the early sixties when they required a general-purpose helicopter capable of carrying troops, conducting ground attacks and acting as an air ambulance. In 1969, two Wessexs were ordered with specific modifications in mind, with the aim of VIP use, specifically with The Queen's Flight. Prince Charles, Princess Anne and The Queen Mother were regular passengers, with Prince Philip even piloting the aircraft over the years. It wasn't until August 1977 that Queen Elizabeth herself finally took her seat on board and took to the skies. Now housed in the RAF museum in Hendon, it continues to draw a crowd.