The Helicopter Museum
AgustaWestland Helicopters


 


The company was founded in 1935 when Petters Limited split its aircraft manufacturing from its aircraft engine concerns to form Westland Aircraft Limited, based in Yeovil, Somerset. During World War II their factories were used to build Supermarine Spitfires. Post-war the company moved out of fixed-wing aircraft and concentrate solely on helicopters under a licensing agreement with Sikorsky. Production started with the Sikorsky S-51, which became the Dragonfly and entered service with the Royal Navy and RAF in 1953. The company has gone through a number of mergers with several other British firms to create Westland Helicopters in 1961. Now a Joint Venture of Finmeccanica SpA and GKN plc it survives in name as AgustaWestland and is producing some of the most advanced helicopters operated by the military worldwide.

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Westland WS-51 Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719, C/n. WA/H/50.
The Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719 started life as a HR Mk.3 and was the 50th Dragonfly to be built. It first flew from Yeovil on 19th September 1952 as a HR Mk.3., and delivered to No.705 Squadron Fleet Air Arm. Later it was converted by Westland to HR Mk.5 standard, before joining No.776 Squadron in 1959, where it remained until 1961.  A 3-seat general-purpose utility helicopter powered by a single Alvis Leonides 521/1 9-cylinder radial piston engine. In June 1967 it  was moved into storage at RNAY Fleetlands and in 1989 went on display with the Helicopter Museum.  In January 1990 the aircraft was seriously damaged in 100 mph plus gales and the aircraft became the subject of a major strip down and rebuild by volunteers at the museum, which was completed in August 1998.


Westland WS-51A Widgeon Series 2, G-AOZE, C/n. WA/H/141.
The Widgeon was developed by Westland from the licence-built S-51or Dragonfly, which carried 3 people in a narrow cabin. Built in 1957 at Yeovil, Somerset, G-AOZE was the fifth Widgeon built and the second to be completed from scratch as a WS-51A. It first flew in July 1957 and was sold to Bristow Helicopters. Powered by a Alvis Leonides 521/1 9-cylinder radial piston engine, it operated in the Persian Gulf on offshore oil support work. It returned to Bristow at their Redhill headquarters in 1970 and was later donated to a school. In 1986 the aircraft came up for disposal and joined the Museum collection. In 1995 long term restoration of the aircraft began and the aircraft has now been moved back to the exhibition hanger.


Westland Scout AH Mk.1, XP165, C/n. S2/8437.
Designed originally by Saunders-Roe at Cowes, Isle of Wight, the museum aircraft is generally regarded as the first true Scout prototype. Built in 1960 at Eastleigh, Hampshire as a 5 seat utility and armed attack helicopter powdered by a Blackburn Nimbus Mk.101 turboshaft engine. First flown in August 1960, XP165 was initially allocated for manufacturer trials and in 1963 it was delivered to Yeovil and remained there as a trial installation aircraft until 1964 when it was returned to White Waltham for refurbishing and delivery to the ETPS at RAE Farnborough in 1964. In 1983 XP165 was transferred to the museum collection, and after extensive restoration work by the museum is now fully restored into it’s ETPS colours.


Westland Wasp HAS Mk.1, XT443, C/n. F.9613.
The 60th example to be built for the Royal Navy in 1966 as a ship based anti-submarine warfare helicopter powered by a Bristol Siddley Nimbus Mk.503 turboshaft engine. It first flew at Yeovil on 29th March 1966 and was delivered to RNAY Fleetlands, and later to No.829 Squadron, Portland, Dorset. In 1979 it went to RNAY Wroughton, for storage and then a overhaul, which was completed 1981 and delivered to No.829 Squadron as HMS Aurora ships flight. Declared redundant in 1993 it was transferred to Westland's for storage and later donated to the Helicopter Museum, with delivery taking place in January 1995. This aircraft was returned to the main collection in November 2002 after under going a major 5 years restoration by the museum volunteers.


Westland Lynx, ZB500/G-LYNX, C/n. 102.
Following initial orders placed for the Lynx AH Mk.1 by the Army Air Corps and the Qatar government, Westland built their own demonstrator and trials aircraft. Built in 1978 at Yeovil, Somerset as a 9-seat military battlefield attack-utility helicopter powered by two LHTEC T800 turboshaft engines, it first flew on 18th May 1979 and continued to carry the civil registration for non-military demonstration flights. Following these flights it  was stored for two years, before being reworked in mid 1986 for an attempt on the Helicopter World Speed Record. On completion of the modification work G-LYNX was flown again on 1st August 1986 and, following several trial runs, made the actual record attempt on 11th August over a measured 15 km (9.3 mile) route on the Somerset levels. The final speed, verified by the FAI, was 400.87 kph (249.09 mph) a 9% increase over the previous record. In 1991 the aircraft was modified for flight tests but by mid 1992 the helicopter  was again placed in storage. Following an approach from the Helicopter Museum in late 1994, Westland agreed to transfer the aircraft for display and it was moved from storage to the museum on 19th January 1995. G-LYNX remains the World Speed Record holder, 14 years after it took the title.


Westland Lynx 3, ZE477/G-17-24, C/n. 001P.
The Lynx 3 was a private venture prototype built by Westland to demonstrate the potential of a growth variant of the Lynx helicopter and largely used technology already available. The aircraft was manufactured using the major components of Lynx airframes in 1984 at Yeovil, Somerset, as an 11 seat military battlefield helicopter powered by two Rolls Royce Gem 60 turboshaft engines. The Lynx 3 Prototype first flew in 1984 but lack of orders caused the development to be abandoned in 1988. ZE477 was the only Lynx 3 built, it was subsequently used for trials and demonstration work through 1984-85 before its last flight on 10th March 1987. ZE477 then remained in storage until August 1988 when Westland agreed to transfer this interesting one-off prototype to the Helicopter Museum.


Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HAS Mk.7, XK940, C/n. WA/H/167.
The Whirlwind was a British development of the Sikorsky S-55 and XK940 was built in 1957 as an Anti-Submarine Warfare helicopter. Powered by one Alvis Leonides Major 750 9-cylinder radial piston engine and features a raised cabin floor to accommodate a single torpedo. The museum example operated with No.845 NAS on HMS Bulwark and Centaur, later joining No.825 NAS on HMS Ark Royal. Retired in 1971 and later restored privately to flying condition in 1991. One of the most recent aircraft to join the collection arriving in June 2000.


Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HAR Mk.10, XD163, C/n. WA20.
Originally built in 1954 at Yeovil, Somerset as a 12-seat transport helicopter, powered by a Rolls Royce Gnome turboshaft engine. XD163 is of particular significance as it was not only converted from an earlier mark of Whirlwind, but was in fact in its earlier life the first Whirlwind delivered to the Royal Air Force and was the first Whirlwind Mk.4. It first flew in April 1954 and operated with the Far East air force. In 1962 it was delivered to Westland's factory for conversion to Mk.10 standard. As the 36th production conversion Mk.10 XD163 first flew in February 1964 and allocated to 2FTS at the Central Flying School helicopter wing Ternhill in 1966. It remained there until 1979 when it was retired and placed in storage at RNAY Wroughton. The aircraft was subsequently transferred to the museum in April 1991. This aircraft is currently located in the restoration building under going long term restoration.


Westland WS-55 Whirlwind Series 3, G-AODA, C/n. WA113.
Originally built in 1955 as the 17th production Series 1 Whirlwind, for the Shell Petroleum Company, it first flew in August 1955. It was operated in the Persian Gulf area supporting offshore oil installations, capable of carrying up to 12 passenger. Converted in 1965 to Series 3 configuration and first flew as such in July 1965. G-AODA remained based at Redhill for pilot training and charter operations until 1980 and was kept in airworthy condition and continued to fly until 1990. In August 1993 Bristow Helicopters donated it to The Helicopter Museum.


Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HCC Mk.12, XR486, C/n WA418.
The Royal Air Force King's Flight first began operating in 1947 with the Sikorsky R4B and was used to deliver urgent mail and dispatches to the King. The Mk.12 was the first production example built in 1964 and one of only two VVIP aircraft built for the Queens Flight. the interior was fitted with special soundproofing, luxury fittings, chrome trim and a high gloss exterior finish. During it's operational duty the museums example was piloted by HRH Prince Phillip and The Prince of Wales. XR486 Joined the museum collection in June 2000.


Westland Wessex HAS Mk.1, XM330, C/n. WA11.
In the mid-1950s Westland was looking for a successor to the WS-55 Whirlwind helicopter which was just entering service with the Royal Navy in the anti-submarine role. The larger Sikorsky S-58 was evaluated and in 1956 the company signed a licence agreement with Sikorsky. 111 Wessex HAS Mk.1 were built, 43 of which were later converted to HAS Mk.3. The aircraft in the collection is the 8th pre-production aircraft built and was first flown in November 1959. Designed as an Anti-Submarine Warfare helicopter it was powered by a Napier Gazelle NGa13 turboshaft engine. In 1960 it was transferred to the A&AEE Boscombe Down for experimental flying and support work and in 1976 was repainted in the red/white/blue "raspberry ripple" colour scheme. After a ground running accident at Farnborough the aircraft was written off as uneconomic to repair and donated by RAE services to the museum, being delivered in May 1994.


Westland Wessex 60, G-AVNE, C/n. WA561.
The Wessex Series 60 was a civil variant of the military Mk.5, with the first Series 60 flying for the first time in July 1965. A total of 16 aircraft were built, all for Bristow Helicopters. G-AVNE, was the 7th Series 60 and the first long range version, initially flown in May 1967. A 16-seat civil transport helicopter it was powered by two Rolls Royce Gnome turboshaft engines. Operated by Bristow Helicopters extensively in the Far East and Australia on offshore contracts, in September 1981 the aircraft was grounded before being shipped back to Redhill and later moved to Hurn in 1984 for storage. In mid 1987 the aircraft was purchased by the museum and moved to Weston-super-Mare in November.


Westland Wessex HCC Mk.4, XV733, c/n WA628.
The Wessex HCC Mk.4 was identical to the HC Mk.2, but with special furnishings and equipment, operated by the RAF. A total of 2 aircraft were built, and operated by the Queens Flight based at RAF Benson from April 1969.
The helicopter, XV733, was used by all the senior members of the Royal Family, including the Queen and Princess Diana, and served with the Royal Flight until 1998 since when the Wessex was in storage at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire. In November 2001 the aircraft was officially put up for sale and purchased by the museum, with the assistance of a fast track grant-aid from The National Heritage Lottery Fund. The grant was the first time the Fund had ever been used to purchase a helicopter. On Thursday 15th November the Westland Wessex HCC.4 was delivered to the museum. To become the second Queens Flight helicopter in the  collection.


Westland WG30 Series 100, G-BGHF, C/n. 001.
The Westland WG30 was developed by the company from the successful military Lynx family and used the dynamics system of this helicopter, matched to more powerful engines and an entirely new airframe. A total of 40 WG30s were built, G-BGHF being the original WG30 prototype, first flew at Yeovil on 10th April 1979. Power was provided by two Rolls Royce Gem turboshaft engines. It was used primarily for development work and last flew in September 1985 before being placed in storage. In August 1988 Westland agreed to release the aircraft to the Helicopter Museum, then following some refurbishment work it was delivered by road to the museum in February 1989.


Westland WG30 Series 300, G-HAUL/G-17-22, C/n. 020.
The Westland WG30 Series 300 was the ultimate version of the WG30 helicopter, the original WG30 Series 100 lacked power and payload to be successful in the commercial or military market. Built in 1986 at Yeovil as a 17-seat military transport, the prototype Series 300 was built using the airframe of the 20th production W30-100 and was completed in January 1986. The first flight took place in February 1986 fitted with the more powerful General Electric CT7-2B turboshaft engines. On 10th March 1987 G-HAUL made a brief demonstration flight before a South Korean delegation, but no orders were forthcoming and the aircraft was put into storage. In 1991 it was allocated to the  museum collection and delivered on 10th April 1992.


Westland WG25 Mote.
Built in 1975 as an experimental remotely piloted helicopter, and powered by two Veeco two-stroke piston engines. The WG25 remotely piloted helicopter was a private venture project, designed to prove the basic concept for a radio controlled, fully controllable helicopter that could be used for surveillance purposes. In 1974 work began on a flying prototype which was first flown in June 1975. Having completed its trials programme the WG25 was stored until joining the museum collection in 1990, unfortunately less engines and rotor blades.


Westland Wisp, C/n. WA01.
Built in 1976 at Yeovil, Somerset as a remotely piloted observation helicopter, the Wisp was powered by two Korba 2-stroke 2-cylinder piston engines. Following the development success of the Mote, Westland began construction in 1976 of a larger version of a airborne surveillance system that could send live TV and infra-red pictures to a portable control station day or night. The first of three prototypes  was completed in August 1976 with a first flight on 2nd December 1976. Trials were carried out in 1977 but the payload was considered limited and the project had already been succeeded by the larger Wideye. The Wisp was acquired by The Helicopter Museum in April 1990.


Westland Wideye.
Built in 1977 as a remotely piloted observation helicopter, powered by two Weslake 2-stroke 2-cylinder piston engines. The Wideye was a larger more sophisticated follow up to the Wisp with coaxial rotors of 2.30 m (7 ft 7 in) diameter, allowing a gross weight of 125 kg (275 lb). The Museum received the remaining components of the initial production aircraft in 1996 and assembled a virtually complete example. Also held is a Wideye mock-up which was built for exhibition purposes and utilises an original airframe shell.


Westland Sharpeye.
Built in 1983 as the final design in a family of remote-piloted helicopters developed by the company known as VTUAV (Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Air Vehicle). Although both the Wisp and the Wideye were manufactured in small numbers for evaluation, but did not enter large-scale production Westland continued working on the concept and the Sharpeye was a "stealth" development with  a reshaped fuselage to reduce the radar signature. The event the project was cancelled before a Sharpeye prototype was flown and the windtunnel mockup is the only remaining evidence of this final phase of the WG-25 programme.


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Westland WS-51 Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719

 

 

 

Westland WS-51A Widgeon Series 2, G-AOZE

 

 

Westland Scout AH Mk.1, XP165

 


 

Westland Wasp HAS Mk.1, XT443

 

 

 

Westland Lynx, ZB500/G-LYNX

 

 

 

 

 

Westland Lynx 3, ZE477

 

 

Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HAS Mk.7, XK940

Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HAR Mk.10, XD163


 

Westland WS-55 Whirlwind Series 3, G-AODA


 

Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HCC Mk.12, XR486


 

Westland Wessex HAS Mk.1, XM330


 

Westland Wessex 60, G-AVNE

 

 

 

Westland Wessex HCC Mk.4, XV733

 

 

 

Westland WG30 Series 100, G-BGHF

 

 

 

Westland WG30 Series 300, G-HAUL

 

 


 

Westland WG25 Mote

Westland Wisp

Westland Wideye

Westland Sharpeye