Westland Wessex HAS.1


This model is a version of Wessex



c/n wa 18


Year 1961 to 1982






Helicopter Westland Wessex HAS.1 Serial wa 18 Register XM837 used by Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy) Westland Ministry of Defence (MoD). Built 1961. Aircraft history





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Fleet Air Arm
Westland Wessex HAS.1, c/n WA018, f/f:?
del Royal Navy as XM837, 1961
conv HAS.3
w/o 12jun82
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Fleet Air Arm
Now HAS.3, 814Sq/271-V by Oct 1967, 814Sq/271-H by May 1968, 820Sq/411-BL by May 1969 until c spring 1972.
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Fleet Air Arm
2 Jul 1971 Aboard HMS Blake as 820 Sq / 411-BL, while in Portsmouth
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Fleet Air Arm
737 Sq Norfolk Flt/407-NF by Jan 1975, deployed from Norfolk onto RFA Olwen Feb 1976 to Mar 1976, 737 Sq Glamorgan Flt/400-GL by Mar 1981, still May 1981.
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Fleet Air Arm
UK HMNB Portsmouth Navy Days ( 27-aug-78 )
737 Sq Norfolk Flt/407-NF, flying at Navy Days, 26 and 27 Aug 1978
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Fleet Air Arm
UK RNAS Culdrose ( 11-mar-82 )
737Sq/400-GL noted at Culdrose, 11 Mar 1982
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South Atlantic (GL) HMS Glamorgan Exocet hit ( 12-jun-82 )
As HAS.3 737 Sq/400-GL on HMS Glamorgan, when destroyed by land-based Exocet missile on 12 Jun 1982, 16.5 nm NE of Lively Island.
Aircraft Retired / Not available by 1982
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Ministry of Defence (MoD)
spent winter of 1960/61 in Churchill, Canada with A&AEE for icing / cold weather trials, returned Mar 1961.
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Westland
Westland Wessex HAS.3
Westland trials and evaluation airframe until very early in 1966, when it entered conversion to HAS.3, emerging for its ff as such on 8 Aug 1967 and issue to Royal Navy.


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