Westland whirlwind

1957

Whirlwind HAR.9


1957





Westland judged that turbine engines were powerful and reliable enough to incorporate the Rolls Royce Gnome engine into the Whirlwind Srs.3. This major version needed a redesigned nose section to accommodate the larger engine in a position to make maintenance more convenient. The first Series 3 (a HAR.9) flew in Feb 1959 and was also the basis of the dedicated RAF Search and Rescue HAR.10 and HCC.10 VIP conversion
Converted HAS.7 powered by Bristol Siddeley Gnome engine and outifitted for SAR for Royal Navy, 15 conversions of HAS.7. [One source stated 18 conversions.]


Organisations

From Organisation with model Whirlwind HAR.9
1953
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm
    whirlwind 167 1953/77
1976
united kingdom Flambards Experience
    1 1976/93



Construction Numbers Help Us

C/NYearHistory
wa201 1957 UK XL839 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA201, f/f: 07Nov57; del +
conv to HAR.9 by Westland at Weston-super-Mare Oct 1964+
wa230 1958 UK XL880 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA230, f/f: 25Jul58; del +
815Sq/306-A damaged blades and tail in deck accident ab+
To Westland at Weston-super-Mare for conv to HAR.9 by J+
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa237 1958 UK XL898 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA237, f/f: 16Oct58; del +
HAS.7 824Sqn/337-CU Oct 1960 until transferred to 825 N+
HAS.7 825 NAS/317-V Dec 1961, believed to have replaced+
to Weston-super-Mare for conv HAR.9 by Mar 1965, comple+
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa238 1958 UK XL899 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA238, f/f: 24Oct58; del +
conv to HAR.9 by Westland at Weston-super-Mare Jan 1965+
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa239 1958 UK XL900 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA239, f/f: 29Oct58; del +
HAS.7 824Sqn/333-C Apr 1961, replacing XN303 on unit st+
wa257 1959 UK XM666 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA257, f/f: 07Jan59; del +
wa270 1959 UK XN258 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA270, f/f: 29Aug59; del +
ff 29 Aug 1959, tropical trials use, then dd RN May 196+
conv completed Dec 1965. Assigned to Hermes SAR Flt/336+
UK XN258 : to Cornwall Aero Park Dec 1975 as HAR.9 /589-CU. Still +
XN258 : NEAM called North East Land Sea and Air Museum, Sunderl+
wa278 1959 UK XN298 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA278, f/f: 08Oct59; del +
848 Sq/H-B Nov 1959 to Jul 1960 collided with XN305/R-B+
Lee SAR Flt/(8)10-LS by May 1973 named Faith by Feb 197+
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
XN298 : to a Bournemouth school playground by Dec 1982; to Heli+
G.I. Chorley Fire School May 1990, still Jan 1995, stil+
to RAF Millom Museum 13 Apr 2008, still Apr 2010. Belie+
wa286 1960 UK XN306 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA286, f/f: 05Jan60; del +
Brawdy SAR Flight /15 by Aug 1968
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa289 1960 UK XN309 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA289, f/f: 25Jan60; del +
814Sq/288-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961
846SqS/T-A May 1962. Hit tail rotor while landing in cl+
846Sq/V-A by Jun 1963, Fleetlands by Jan 1964, to West+
Culdrose SAR Flt/590-CU by Jan 1968, Culdrose SAR Flt/5+
RNEC Manadon by road Jul 1975
To GI A2663 at SAH Culdrose by Oct 1977.
Pres. SWWAPS in Jul 1981, still wearing /590-CU; to Cor+
wa290 1960 UK XN310 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA290, f/f: 26Jan60; del +
814Sq/284-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961, 846 Sq/Q-A from Ju+
A&AEE Nov 1965, Hermes SAR Flt/335-H by Jan 1966, RNAY +
wa291 1960 UK XN311 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA291, f/f: 12Feb60; del +
Brawdy SAR Flight /14 by Aug 1968
wa305 1960 UK XN359 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA305, f/f: 23Mar60; del +
HAS.7 719 NAS/627 May 1960 until unit disbanded on 5 Oc+
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa314 1960 UK XN384 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA314, f/f: 27Jun60; del +
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa316 1960 UK XN386 : has7 RN Whirlwind HAS.7 f/f 27Jun60 d/d 05Aug60; conv HAR.9
814Sq/282-H by Oct 1960; (repl XN313) to Sep 1961; 846 +
Fleetlands store by Sep 1966; 829 Sq/448-ED Endurance F+
FAA, noted in storage at Wroughton 21Oct78 marked as 43+
XN386 : Waiting restoration at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum,+
wa317 1960 UK XN387 : has7 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA317, f/f: 25Jul60; del +
HAS.7 719 NAS/626 Feb 1961, replacing XN357 on squadron+
RN in 1983 8564M BDRT Odiham (UK)
16 C/N.

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