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Westland Whirlwind HAS7 (XL853)

Westland Whirlwind HAS7 (XL853)

Built at Yeovil with Construction Number WA215

17/04/1958 - first flight
30/04/1958 - delivered to RNAS Lee on Solent
07/1958 - loaned back to Westlands for one week
06/08/1958 - embalmed at RNAS Lee on Solent
09/09/1958 - departed onboard MV Dewdale for the Far East
13/07/1961 - RN Aircraft Holding Unit, Tengah
01/02/1962 - 824 NAS, HMS Centaur
20/02/1962 - coded 337/C
15/05/1962 - RNAS Culdrose
22/06/1962 - 824 NAS
15/01/1963 - while en route from RNAS Culdrose to RNAS Portland, ran out of fuel and ditched into Portland harbour
16/01/1963 - Aircraft Investigation Unit, RNAS Lee on Solent
08/02/1963 - RNAY Fleetlands
05/11/1963 - RNAS Yeovilton Station Flight as 941
12/06/1964 - RNAY Fleetlands
03/07/1964 - RNAS Yeovilton
09/1965 - recoded (7)19
18/07/1968 - RNAY Fleetlands for modernisation
11/07/1969 - storage at Naval Aircraft Support Unit, RNAS Culdrose 13/12/1971 - RNAY Fleetlands
22/11/1972 - RNAY Wroughton
12/06/1974 - Air Engineering School, RNAS Lee on Solent. Declared as Ground Reserve (B)
1980 - dumped on airfield
02/1981 - by now at Middle Wallop
03/1986 - Southampton Hall of Aviation
06/1989 - RNAY Fleetlands Museum
08/1997 - noted outside the dope shop at RNAS Portland
17/10/1998 - on show at last Portland Open Day
07/11/1998 - arrived at RNAS Yeovilton for FAAM and displayed on Carrier deck
14/07/2000 - moved to Restoration Hangar prior to display on Air Day (following day)
17/07/2000 - moved to Cobham Hall Store

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Anti-submarine helicopter

Manufacturers - Westland Helicopters Ltd, Yeovil

Power plant - One 750hp Alvis Leonides Major 755/1

Rotor diameter - 53ft

Length - 62ft 1.5ins

Height - 13ft 2.5ins

Weight - 7,800lbs loaded

Max speed - 106mph at sea level

Range - 290 nautical miles

Armament - One Mk30 or Mk44 torpedo or one depth charge

 

 


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