Helicopter Westland Wessex HAS.31 Serial wa212 Register N7-212 used by Fleet Air Arm (RAN) RAN (Royal Australian Navy). Built 1963. Aircraft history and location
Year 1963 to 1978
|Fleet Air Arm (RAN)|
|1963-02-15||Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA212, f/f:18/01/63|
del RAN as N7-212, 822, 15Feb63
Ditched on 22/1/78 when with 817 Sqn for SAR duties was transitting from RANAS Nowra to HMAS Melbourne when it had a complete engine failure and ditched in Jervis Bay near Bowen Island. Leut(P) D. Anderson RAN, LSA R. Cousins and AB Wilkinson swam ashore. The helo remained afloat and was towed to Murrays Beach from where it was underslung on an RAAF Chinook helicopter and flown to NAS Nowra
Stored but never repaired and while after being on loan on static display in Melbourne City, N7-212 was struck off charge on 12/04/89. Aircraft now at County Fire Training ground at Fiskville VIC as a fire training aid.
|preserved at Richard Winterburn aircraft museum at Heathcote Vic|