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Westland dragonfly 3
Westland Whirlwind 5

YearVersionC/N
1955 61 15 US Navy 129165 : crashed 7 Apr 1955 near Forth Worth
1955 dragonfly wa/h/116 Armée de l'Air 116 : Dragonfly 1A f/f 27 May 1952, d/d 23 Jun 1952. ex G-17-9. Returned from service in Indo-China. Destroyed 3 Jan 1955, following roll-over on take off from Rochefort.
1955 hc.2 wa/h/018 Royal Air Force VZ960 : HC.2 Del RAF c Dec 1950
Royal Air Force VZ960 : w/o 3 Nov 1955 after main rotor struck tail boom following forced landing near Kuala Lumpur, while with 194 Sq.
1955 hr.1 wa/h/022 Fleet Air Arm VZ963 : ff 14 Jun 1950, dd 3 Oct 1950 Gosport to 705 Sq;RFA Fort Duquesne trials Jan 1951; Indomitable SAR Flt Apr 1951
Fleet Air Arm VZ963 : Engine failure immediately after take off from Seaton Barracks 27 Feb 1952
Fleet Air Arm VZ963 : 705 Sq/704-GJ by Apr 1952
Fleet Air Arm VZ963 : noted visiting from HMS Illustrious, 2 Jun 1952
Fleet Air Arm VZ963 : to RNAY Donibristle 10 Mar 1953 for HR.3 conv.; 705 Sq/709-GJ Feb 1955
Fleet Air Arm VZ963 : Crashed Ichenor Sailing Club 25 May 1955; soc 10 Jun 1955.
1955 HO4S-3 55-500 US Navy 133753 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-500, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 21Jul53; del USN as HO4S-3, 133753, 22Jul53.
Fleet Air Arm WV225 : MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAS.22 WV225, Ex BuAer 133753, f/f Jun53, d/d 26Sep53; w/o 23Sep55, s.o.c 07Oct55.
1955 HO5S-1 52-050 US Marine Corps 128620 : Sikorsky S-52-3, c/n 52-050, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East Hartford, CT, 30Oct52; del USMC as HO5S-1, 128620, 05Nov52.
US Marine Corps 128620 : w/o 18apr55
1955 HRS-1 55-025 US Marine Corps 127791 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-025, ff:?; del USMC as HRS-1, 127791, 01May51
Armée de l'Air 127791 : xfer MAP to French Air Force as 127791 for Indochina, dates unk; w/o (Accident), 03Jun55.
1955 HRS-1 55-049 US Marine Corps 127813 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-049, ff:?; del USMC as HRS-1, 127813, 16Aug51
US Marine Corps 127813 : w/o 23may55 USS Mindoro (CVE-120)
1955 HRS-2 55-280 US Navy 130182 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-280, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 130182, 23Oct52.
Fleet Air Arm WV189 : MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV189, Ex BuAer 130182, d/d 20Nov52; w/o 03Aug55, s.o.c 26Oct55.
1955 HRS-2 55-311 US Marine Corps 130198 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-311, ff:?; del USMC as HRS-2, 130198, 06Dec52
US Navy 130198 : w/o 4nov55
1955 HRS-3 55-375 US Marine Corps 130233 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-375, ff:?; del USMC as HRS-3, 130233, 09Mar53.
Armée de l'Air 130233 : xfer MAP to French Air Force as 130233, 03Jun54 for Indochina use; w/o (Accident), 01Oct55. 
1955 hss-1 58-149 US Navy 138470 : Sikorsky HSS-1, c/n 58-149, ff?; del US Navy as HSS-1 138470, 06Dec55; w/o O&R BuWeps FR, Pensacola, FL, 16Dec55.; [This is shortest operational lifespan of a S-58/H-34/HSS-1 on record, 10 days!]
1955 uh-25a 6 US Navy 124593 : Piasecki PV-18 cn 6 ff: unk; del US Navy as HUP-1 124593, unk; status unk.
US Navy 124593 : w/o 04mar55
1955 uh-25b 123 US Navy 128569 : Piasecki PV-18, CN 123, ff:?; acc USN as HUP-2 128569, unk; wfu & soc unk.
US Navy 128569 : w/o 19jan55
1955 uh-25b 145 US Navy 128591 : Piasecki PV-18 cn145 ff: unk; del US Navy as HUP-2 128591, unk; redesig UH-25B, Oct62; wfu unk.
US Navy 128591 : w/o 16feb55
1955 uh-25b 211 US Navy 130034 : Piasecki PV-18 cn 211, ff:?; del US Navy as HUP-2 130034, unk; redesig UH-25B, Oct62; wfu unk.
US Navy 130034 : w/o 02mar55


1955 uh-25b 219 US Navy 130042 : Piasecki PV-18 cn 219, ff:?; del US Navy as HUP-2 130042, unk; redesig UH-25B, Oct62; wfu unk.
US Navy 130042 : w/o 28apr55
1955 uh-25b 222 US Navy 130045 : Piasecki PV-18 cn 222, ff:?; del US Navy as HUP-2 130045, unk; redesig UH-25B, Oct62; wfu unk.
US Navy 130045 : w/o 22jun55
1955 uh-25b 223 US Navy 130046 : Piasecki PV-18 cn 223, ff:?; del US Navy as HUP-2 130046, unk; redesig UH-25B, Oct62; wfu unk.
US Navy 130046 : w/o 10jun55
1955 uh-25b 228 US Navy 130051 : Piasecki PV-18 cn 228, ff:?; del US Navy as HUP-2 130051, unk; redesig UH-25B, Oct62; wfu unk.
US Navy 130051 : w/o 18feb55
1955 Sycamore 3 13067 Royal Air Force XD197 : Sycamore HR.13 (second of 2 built for ASR evaluation). Del RAF Apr 1953
Royal Air Force XD197 : w/o 17 Nov 1955 after it rolled over, following autorotation practice landing at Thornaby, while with 275 Sq.
1955 Sycamore 4 13196 G-AMWM : Registered G-AMWM 1 Dec 1952. Cancelled 30 Sep 1953, to RAF XE315.
Royal Air Force XE315 : HR.14 Del RAF for 194 Sq
Royal Air Force XE315 : w/o Crashed into river and sank after tail rotor fault during landing, at Kuala Krau while with 194 Sq.
1955 Sycamore 4 13197 G-AMWN : Registered G-AMWN 1 Dec 1952. Cancelled Sep 1953, to RAF XE316.
Royal Air Force XE316 : HR.14 Del RAF Sep 1953, for 194 Sq.
Royal Air Force XE316 : w/o 30 Jan 1955, Overturned by wind, Fort Selim, Malaya, while with 194 Sq.
1955 Sycamore 4 13220 Royal Air Force XE318 : HR.14 Del RAF c Oct 1954
Royal Air Force XE318 : w/o 13 Sep 1955, when flipped over during take off in Malaya, while with 194 Sq.
1955 Sycamore 4 13228 Royal Air Force XF268 : HR.14 Del RAF 1 Feb 1955
Royal Air Force XF268 : w/o 8 Jul 1955 on Mt Olympus, Cyprus, while with Nicosia SAR Flt.
1955 Sycamore 4 13246 Royal Air Force XG501 : HR.14 dd 9 Mar 1955. While operating with 275 Sq from RAF Leuchars, ditched and sank after rotors struck the Tower when delivering packages to Keepers at the NLB Bell Rock Lighthouse, 15 Dec 1955
1955 uh-12b 552 Fleet Air Arm XB523 : ex USN 134742. d/d 13 Aug 1953 to RN. w/o 26 May 1955. Some parts to c/n 541 (N3877A).
1955 uh-12b 553 Fleet Air Arm XB524 : ex USN 134743. d/d 13 Aug 1953 to RN. w/o 25 Feb 1955.
1955 har.1 wa 2 Fleet Air Arm XA863 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, WA2, f/f 28Nov53; del Fleet Air Arm as XA863, 27Mar54; w/o 05Jul55.
1955 har.2 wa 52 Royal Air Force XD805 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA52, ntu Royal Air Force as XD805. [duplicate Sabre 4 serial]
Royal Air Force XJ436 : ff: 18Mar55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.2, XJ436, 06Jun55; w/o 30Aug55. (Lifespan of 165 days.)
Royal Air Force XJ436 : HAR.2 Ditched c 7nm S of Selsey Bill 30 Aug 1955 during SAR demonstration with RAF Rescue Launch 2749, while with 22 Sq at RAF Thorney Island.
1955 har.4 wa 34 Royal Air Force XD778 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA34, ntu Royal Air Force as XD778. [duplicate Sabre 4 serial]
Royal Air Force XJ408 : ff: 27Oct54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ407, 12Nov54, w/o 26Aug55, scr. Changi, Rep of Singapore, unk.
1955 srs.1 WA 12 Sud-Est F-SEBI : Westland Whirlwind Ser.1, c/n WA12, ff:?; del SNCASE as WAB12, c/n SE.3, unk; xfer Department of the Associated States as ???, 30Apr53; reg SNCASE ecole de Buc as F-SEBI, 04Apr54.
Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre 8 000 017 : del ALAT as 8 000 017, unk; xfer GH No1, Jul54[?]-27Apr55; Crashed and burned after hit power line during low level flight, Lt Millot, G/M Jean Morin KIA, ??? TTH, 27Apr55.
1955 srs.1 wa 18 Westland G-ANJS : Westland Whirlwind Ser.1, c/n WA18, ff: 1953; reg Westland Helicopters Ltd as G-ANJS, 16Dec53; del South Georgia Company as G-ANJS, 16Jul54; w/o 09Dec55.
    33 C/N found.


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