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Westland Whirlwind HAR3 (XG574)

Westland Whirlwind HAR3 (XG574)

Built at Westland Helicopters Ltd, Yeovil with Construction Number WA69

15/08/1955 - first flight
13/09/1955 - RNAS Lee on Solent
22/09/1955 - HMS Ark Royal Ships Flight coded 999
15/11/1955 - RNAS Hal Far, for preservation
04/04/1956 - accident at RNAS Hal Far
04/05/1956 - returned to UK on HMS Albion
16/05/1956 - RNAS Lee on Solent
19/07/1956 - RNAY Donibristle for repairs
14/02/1957 - RNAS Lee on Solent in preparation for embarkation 22/03/1957 - HMS Bulwark Ships Flight coded 981/B
05/11/1957 - flight renamed 701 NAS D flight
13/12/1957 - RNAS Lee on Solent
15/02/1958 - 701 NAS C flight, HMS Victorious coded 709/V
21/05/1958 - 701 NAS A flight, HMS Eagle coded 713/E
29/04/1959 - 815 NAS, RNAS Portland coded 304
01/09/1959 - on loan to 737 NAS
11/12/1959 - 705 NAS, RNAS Culdrose coded 522
28/08/1960 - RNAY Fleetlands
23/10/1961 771 NAS, RNAS Portland coded 752/PO
16/10/1962 - Naval Air Radio Installation Unit, RNAS Lee on Solent - trial installation of MOD-NSM 3062 until 14/11/1962
20/03/1963 - accident at RNAS Portland
19/04/1963 - repairs at RNAY Fleetlands until 14/05/1963
26/03/1964 - RNAY Fleetlands for storage
22/02/1967 - Airframe & Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down
10/08/1967 - RNAY Fleetlands
08/09/1967 - RNAS Lee on Solent for Ground Instruction as A2575 and engine E4588
1970 - Air Engineering School, RNAS Lee on Solent
12/03/1975 - by road to FAAM store at Wroughton
21/01/1988 - to display at FAAM
15/07/1994 - returned to store at Wroughton
26/01/1998 - left Wroughton by road for RNAS Portland (stopped overnight at RNAS Yeovilton)
17/10/1998 - on show at last Portland Open Day. Code 752/PO applied as worn during service with 771 NAS
16/11/1998 - returned to FAAM on display in Carrier
25/07/2002 - into Reserve Collection at Cobham Hall Store

TECHNICAL DETAILS

Role - Communications and search and rescue helicopter

Manufacturers - Westland Helicopters Ltd, Yeovil

Power plant - One 700hp Wright Cyclone R-1300

Rotor diameter - 53ft

Length - 62ft 1.5ins

Height - 13ft 3ins

Weight - 7,500lbs loaded

Max speed - 110mph at sea level

Range - 278 nautical miles

Armament - Nil

 

 


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