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Westland Dragonfly HR5 (VX595)

First production Westland Dragonfly built as a HR1 to contract 6/Aircraft/2432/CB9(a)

18/06/1949 - first flight, pilot Ken Reed
13/01/1950 - issued to 705NAS
08/11/1956 - to RNAY Donibristle - 175.46 hours
02/05/1960 - at Empire Test Pilots School coded 29
?/?/? - to RNAY Fleetlands
?/?/? - to RAFM store at RAF Henlow
09/02/1990 - to RNAY Fleetlands Museum
12/06/1991 - to HMS Sultan for restoration
08/1997 - noted at RNAS Portland under restoration
17/10/1998 - on show at last RNAS Portland Open Day
23/11/1998 - arrived at FAAM on loan from RAFM
24/11/1998 - into Hall 2 at FAAM
13/07/2000 - moved into restoration hangar prior to going on show at Air Day (14th)
17/07/2000 - moved to Cobham Hall store
July 2013 - on display Fleet Air Arm Museum, Hall 1

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Air sea rescue and communications helicopter

Manufacturers - Westland Aircraft Ltd.

Power plant - One 550hp Alvis Leonides 50

Rotor diameter - 49ft

Length - 57ft 6.5ins

Height - 12ft 11ins

Weight - 5,870lbs loaded

Max speed - 95mph

Range - 300 miles

Armament - Nil

 


Other exhibits in this hall

  • Supermarine Walrus (L2301) Supermarine Walrus (L2301)
  • Wessex HU.5 (XT765) Wessex HU.5 (XT765)
  • Wessex HAS.3 (XP142) Wessex HAS.3 (XP142)
  • Short S27 Short S27
  • Sopwith Baby (N2078) Sopwith Baby (N2078)

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