Westland Wessex HAS.31

This model is a version of Wessex

c/n wa224

Year 1963

Helicopter Westland Wessex HAS.31 Serial wa224 Register N7-224 used by Fleet Air Arm (RAN) (Royal Australian Navy). Built 1963. Aircraft history and location


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australia N7-224
Fleet Air Arm (RAN)
Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA224, f/f:06/08/63
del RAN as N7-224, 834, 22Aug63
Served on HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Stalwart, 8/04/68.
During a normal flight the aircraft suffered an engine overspeed. The pilot LEUT J.W. Nichol, and Co-pilot SBLT R. Giffen managed to regain control of the aircraft and nurse it back to HMAS Melbourne. On the way the Observer, SBLT M. Bayliss and the aircrewman POACM Trainor were ordered to abandon the aircraft. They jumped into the sea and were picked up by HMAS Parramatta. The Wessex landed safely aboard the carrier.
Instructional Airframe, 08/07/87.
Naval Aviation Museum 1991.
South Australian Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide, 2000.
australia N7-224
Fleet Air Arm (RAN)
AU Port Adelaide Exhibit ( 2000 )
Preserved at SAAM, Port Adeliade since at least 2000. Still there Mar 2008.

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