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Westland Wessex HAS3 (XP142)

Westland Wessex HAS3 (XP142)

Built as an HAS1

18/06/1962 - first flight
02/07/1962 - to AHU RNAY Fleetlands
06/07/1962 - to 845 NAS (HMS Albion), coded J/A
09/1965 - arrived at NASU Culdrose
24/05/1966 - at RNAY Fleetlands
08/1966 - to 706NAS at Culdrose, coded 574/CU
27/07/1967 - to Westland Helicopters Ltd for HAS3 conversion 22/08/1969 - at NASU Culdrose
15/09/1969 - to 814 NAS at Culdrose coded 270/H
14/07/1970 - NASU Culdrose
16/11/1970 - to 706 NAS at Culdrose as 570/CU
30/06/1971 - at RNAY Fleetlands
07/06/1973 - NASU Yeovilton
15/07/1975 - to 829 NAS, Hampshire Flt coded 402/HA
01/04/1976 - to 737 NAS, Fife Flt coded 404/FF
09/01/1978 - to RNAY Fleetlands
17/02/1978 - back to 737 NAS as 404/FF
17/09/1979 - to RNAY Fleetlands
06/021981 - to 737 NAS at Portland coded 663/PO
29/03/1982 - to 737 NAS Antrim Flt coded 406/AN named Humphrey ~ operating out of Gibraltar on Operation Springtrain
02/04/1982 - ship ordered to the South Atlantic
10/04/1982 - arrived at Ascension Island by now painted in low-viz marks with code removed
22/04/1982 - Rescued Special Forces from Fortuna Glacier on South Georgia after two Wessex HU5's crashed
23/04/1982 - Rescued Special Forces from Geminis adrift in Cumberland Bays
25/04/1982 - flown by Lt/Cmdr I Stanley, depth charged Santa Fe 21/05/1982 - Suffered splinter damage when ship attacked by Grupo 6 Daggers near entrance of San Carlos Water
26/05/1982 - airworthy again
29/06/1982 - sailed with ship from Port Howard,West Falkland for the UK 17/07/1982 - arrived at Portsmouth
18/07/1982 - flown off to Portland
26/07/1982 - by road to FAAM and put on display in Falklands exhibition 06/09/1994 - Taken off display, into storage
23/06/1995 - 02/10/1995 - at Lee on Solent for 50th anniversary day 19/03/2002 - on display in Unforgotten Falklands
2012 - on display in Falklands 30 Exhibition


Role - Anti submarine helicopter

Manufacturers - Westland Helicopters

Power plant - One 1,600 shp Napier Gazelle 165 gas turbine

Rotor Diameter - 56ft

Length - 65ft 10.5ins

Height - 14ft 5ins

Weight - 12,600lbs loaded

Max speed - 135mph at sea level

Duration - 390 miles

Armament - Combination of 2 Mk44/46 torpedoes or 2 Mk11 depth charges



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  • Blackburn NA39 (XK488) Blackburn NA39 (XK488)
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  • 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)
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  • Fairey Barracuda II (DP872) Fairey Barracuda II (DP872)
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  • Westland Wasp HAS1 (XT778) Westland Wasp HAS1 (XT778)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Wessex HU.5 (XT765) Wessex HU.5 (XT765)
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