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Westland Wasp HAS1 (XT778)

Built at Hayes to Specification HAS.216D&P, to contract KK/N/93/CB25(a), Construction Number F9660

12/05/1966 - first flight from Yeovil
06/06/1966 - delivered to RNAY Fleetlands
30/06/1966 - to Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down
18/07/1966 - into storage at RNAY Fleetlands
25/09/1972 - RNAY Wroughton; RNAS Lee on Solent; HMS Vernon 22/02/1973 - RNAS Yeovilton
05/07/1973 - RNAY Wroughton
01/10/1975 - 829 NAS HQ Flight, RNAS Portland
13/11/1975 - Bacchante Flight, 829 NAS; 829 NAS HQ Flight
28/01/1976 - Ambuscade Flight coded 323
20/03/1980 - RNAY Wroughton;
19/01/1983 - 829 NAS HQ Flight
03/05/1983 - Leander Flight
06/05/1983 - 829 NAS HQ Flight
21/06/1983 - Naiad Flight
14/07/1983 - 829 NAS HQ Flight; Tartar Flight
21/07/1983 - 829 NAS HQ Flight
23/03/1988 - Achilles Flight coded 430; On its last return voyage, the tail was painted with yellow cromate primer to look like a wasp by CPO Phil Chappell; Aircraft retired
23/03/1988 - to Ground Reserve at Air Electrical School (AES), RNAS Lee on Solent as A2722 with engine E4783
10/1991 - with 760 NAS at AES marked 'Sleezebag' on nose
1993 - re-allocated to A2642 and engine number changed to E4726 22/11/1993 - by now with School of Petroleum, Royal Logistic Corps at West Moors, Dorset; returned to RNAS Portland and refurbished prior to being placed on gate guard duties
15/02/1999 - taken by road to RNAS Yeovilton to join FAAM collection


Role - Anti submarine and surface vessel helicopter

Manufacturers - Westland Helicopters Ltd

Power plant - One 710 shp Rolls Royce Nimbus 103 or 104

Rotor diameter - 32ft 3ins

Length - 40ft 4ins

Height - 8ft 10ins

Weight - 5,300lbs loaded

Max speed - 138mph at sea level

Range - 1,315 miles

Armament - Two Mk 44 torpedoes or Mk 11 depth charges or two Nord AS12 air to surface missiles



Other exhibits in this hall

  • Westland Lynx HAS3 (XZ699) Westland Lynx HAS3 (XZ699)
  • Fairey Albacore (N4389) Fairey Albacore (N4389)
  • Fairey Firefly TT4 (VH127) Fairey Firefly TT4 (VH127)
  • Vickers Supermarine Scimitar F1 Vickers Supermarine Scimitar F1
  • Hawker Sea Hawk Hawker Sea Hawk
  • Fairey Gannet AEW3 Fairey Gannet AEW3
  • Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B Hawker Siddeley Buccaneer S2B
  • Hunting Jet Provost T3A (XN462) Hunting Jet Provost T3A (XN462)
  • Douglas Skyraider AEW1 (WT121) Douglas Skyraider AEW1 (WT121)
  • Blackburn NA39 (XK488) Blackburn NA39 (XK488)
  • Supermarine 510 (VV106) Supermarine 510 (VV106)
  • Westland Whirlwind HAR1 (XA864) Westland Whirlwind HAR1 (XA864)
  • Westland Gazelle HT2 (XW864) Westland Gazelle HT2 (XW864)
  • Hiller HTE2 (XB480) Hiller HTE2 (XB480)
  • Super Eagle Hang Glider (G-BGWZ) Super Eagle Hang Glider (G-BGWZ)
  • de Havilland Tiger Moth T2 (XL717) de Havilland Tiger Moth T2 (XL717)
  • Hawker Sea Hawk F1 (WF219) (tail section only) Hawker Sea Hawk F1 (WF219) (tail section only)
  • de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW1 (XJ481) de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW1 (XJ481)
  • Bell UH1H Iroquois (AE422) Bell UH1H Iroquois (AE422)
  • Fairey Barracuda II (DP872) Fairey Barracuda II (DP872)
  • Northrop Chukar (XW994) Northrop Chukar (XW994)
  • Beech T34C Mentor (0729) Beech T34C Mentor (0729)
  • Gloster Meteor TT20 (WM292) Gloster Meteor TT20 (WM292)
  • Northrop MQM36 Shelduck (XS574) Northrop MQM36 Shelduck (XS574)
  • Westland Sioux AH1 (XT176) Westland Sioux AH1 (XT176)
  • Fairey Gannet COD4 (XA466) Fairey Gannet COD4 (XA466)
  • Westland Whirlwind HAR3 (XG574) Westland Whirlwind HAR3 (XG574)
  • Douglas Skyraider AEW1 (WV106) Douglas Skyraider AEW1 (WV106)
  • Westland Whirlwind HAS7 (XG594) Westland Whirlwind HAS7 (XG594)
  • Westland Wasp (XS527) Westland Wasp (XS527)
  • de Havilland Vampire T22 (XA129) de Havilland Vampire T22 (XA129)
  • Gloster Meteor T7 (WS103) Gloster Meteor T7 (WS103)
  • Percival Sea Prince T1 (WP313) Percival Sea Prince T1 (WP313)
  • Westland Wessex HU5 (XS508) Westland Wessex HU5 (XS508)
  • de Havilland Sea Venom FAW21 (WW138) de Havilland Sea Venom FAW21 (WW138)
  • Benson Gyrocopter (G-AZAZ) Benson Gyrocopter (G-AZAZ)
  • Hawker P1052 (VX272) Hawker P1052 (VX272)
  • Saro P531 (XN334) Saro P531 (XN334)
  • Westland Wasp HAS1 (XT427) Westland Wasp HAS1 (XT427)
  • Westland Whirlwind HAS7 (XL853) Westland Whirlwind HAS7 (XL853)
  • Saro P531 (XN332) Saro P531 (XN332)
  • Fairey Barracuda II (LS931) (items of wreckage) Fairey Barracuda II (LS931) (items of wreckage)
  • Westland Lynx (XZ720) Westland Lynx (XZ720)
  • Agusta 109A (AE-331) Agusta 109A (AE-331)
  • Sopwith Camel (replica) (B6401) Sopwith Camel (replica) (B6401)

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