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Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WN493)

Westland Dragonfly HR5 (WN493)

Construction number WA/H/70

05/03/1953 - first flight as an HR3
25/03/1953 - RNAS Gosport
12/06/1953 - A & AEE trials onboard HMS Perseus
02/06/1954 - returned to RNAS Gosport
03/09/1954 - 705 NAS coded 705
04/07/1955 - RNAY Donibristle for reconditioning
12/06/1956 - 705 NAS via RNAS Lee-on-Solent coded 534
09/12/1957 - to RNAY Donibristle for HR5 conversion
01/02/1958 - conversion completed
02/04/1958 - returned to 705 NAS
04/1958 - joined 701 NAS
09/1958 - rejoined 705 NAS at RNAS Lee-on-Solent
1959 - moved with 705 NAS to RNAS Culdrose
27/09/1960 - reconditioned at RNAY Fleetlands
09/071962 - returned to 705 NAS
To RNAS Culdrose Station Flight, coded 915/CU
14/10/1966 - to FAAM

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Air sea rescue and communications helicopter

Manufacturers - Westland Aircraft Ltd

Power Plant - One 550hp Alvis Leonides 50

Wingspan - 49ft

Length - 57ft 6.5ins

Height - 12ft 11ins

Weight - 5,870lbs loaded

Max Speed - 95mph

Duration - 300miles

Armament - Nil


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