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Westland Whirlwind HAR1 (XA864)

Built at Westland Helicopters Ltd, Yeovil to SpecificationHR.127 with Construction Number WA3

29/08/1953 - first flight as G-17-1 in an all white colour scheme. The second Whirlwind to fly
11/1953 - initial trials completed
31/03/1954 - loaned to Westlands for exhaust silencer trials
02/04/1954 - taken on Naval charge
22/05/1954 - Air Ministry used aircraft for trials of strain gauge check of rotor and transmission systems
1956 - Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE), Farnborough for unconfirmed trials
17/10/1957 - Airframe & Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down for auto pilot trials
11/06/1959 - A&AEE, with Structures and Mechanical Engineering Dept 15/06/1960 - to A&AEE Radio Dept
03/02/1965 - RAE Bedford for radio trials. During this period it is believed that the helicopter was used by the Kestrel Trials Squadron for hovering practice
03/03/1970 - to FAAM, with total airframe hours of 1393.25
20/01/1988 - to FAAM store at Wroughton
28/07/1999 - returned to Yeovilton and stored on the Air Station
06/04/2000 - to Cobham Hall Store

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Communications and search and rescue helicopter

Manufacturers - Westland Helicopters Ltd, Yeovil

Power plant - One 600hp Pratt and Whitney R-1340

Rotor diameter - 53ft

Length - 62ft 1.5ins

Height - 13ft 3ins

Weight - 7,200lbs

Max speed - 110mph at sea level

Range - 290 miles

Armament - Nil


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