Sikorsky S-51 / R-5 / H-5

c/n 51-17

Year 1947

Helicopter Sikorsky S-51 / R-5 / H-5 Serial 51-17 Register A80-374 G-AJHW WB220 used by Royal Australian Air Force Westland British European Airways (BEA) Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy). Built 1947. Aircraft history and location


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united kingdom G-AJHW
One of six S-51s imported by Westlands for evaluation and to seed the Dragonfly programme. To UK Admiralty for trials.
united kingdom G-AJHW
feb48 UK RNAS Culdrose Wolf Rock re-supply Feb 1948 detached to RNAS Culdrose to resupply the keepers on the Wolf Rock lighthouse.
united kingdom WB220
Fleet Air Arm
mar49 ex G-AJHW. To RN for a short period in 1949 for 705Sqn during Jan and to begin deck landing trials on HMS Vengeance, whilst problems with the Dragonfly development were still being solved. Returned to Westlands, May 1949 as G-AJHW.
united kingdom G-AJHW
British European Airways
to British European Airways Aug 1949, until Jul 1956
to Overseas Aviation Ltd, Jersey Jul 1956, until May 1957
to CF-JTO Jun 1957
australia A80-374
Royal Australian Air Force
After more work as G-AJHW, including service with British European Airways and some Antarctic Survey flights, sold to Canada as CF-JTO. Believed this airframe became A80-374 with RAAF in May 1951. Served with 22 (City of Sydney) Sq 1961, became ground instructional airframe 1964. Help needed to confirm that CF-JTO and A80-374 are the same airframe.
australia A80-374
Royal Australian Air Force
jun79 AU Point Cook Exhibit Preserved RAAF Museum, Point Cook by 1979, still there Mar 2008, still there Feb 2015.

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