Westland Whirlwind

Whirlwind HAR.3


Westland WS-55 Whirlwind utility transport for Royal Navy powered by Wright Cyclone engine, 25 built.


Engine: Wright R-1300-3 700 shp
Length: (m) 12.71
Height: (m)
Blades: 3
Rotor diam.: (m) 16.15
Disc area: (m2) 204.96
Weight: (kgs) Empty: 2400     Max: 3400
Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 138     Max: 177
Range: (km) 480
Ceiling: (m)
Rate/Climb: (m/min)

List of Operators of Westland Whirlwind HAR.3

From Organisation with model Whirlwind HAR.3
united kingdom Westland
    Whirlwind 1952/??
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm
    Whirlwind 167 1953/77
united kingdom Bristow
    Whirlwind 1954/??
united kingdom Royal Air Force
    Whirlwind 135 1955/81
Construction Numbers on database of Whirlwind HAR.3


Construction Numbers

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wa 57 1954 UK XD763 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA57, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ393 : ff: as XD763, 24Sep54; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ393, unk+
AES Arbroath Feb 1961 as A2538 until at least Jul 1968;+
UK XJ393 : TRE Defford Mar 1956, RRE Pershore Sep 1957
XJ393 Torbay Aircraft Museum : at Torbay Aircraft Museum by 1974, still 1976, 1980, un+
roadside cafe near Pulborough by Apr 1989. Cafe burnt +
wa 58 1955 UK XD764 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA58, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ394 : ff: 15Jul55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ394, 10Oct57; b/u +
wa 59 1955 UK XD765 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA59, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ395 : ff: 09Jul55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ395, 16Jan56; w/o +
wa 60 1955 UK XD766 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA60, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ396 : har.5 ff: 28Aug55, del Royal Navy FAA as XJ394, 11Jun56; conv+
UK XJ396 : HAR.10 hulk at Farnborough arrived from Lasham Mar 1977+
wa 61 1955 UK XD767 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA61, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ397 : ff: 18Jul55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ397, unk; w/o 29Ap+
to Warrior SAR Flt/992-J, Nov 1956 for Grapple deployme+
815Sq / 309 Jan 1959 until ditched in Portland Harbour+
to Arbroath (A2485) by Jul 1959, still Nov 1961.
wa 62 1955 UK XD768 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA62, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ398 : ff: 04May57; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ398, unk.
UK XJ398 : Held by Westland as engines trials aircraft and never i+
UK G-BDBZ : Apr 1975 Reg G-BDBZ to Autair, Luton
Ground Training School at Kidlington May 1978, still th+
to Elvington (from Kidlington) 25 Aug 1999.
to G-BDBZ, unk; pres. AeroVenture, Doncaster, UK.
XJ398 : From Kidlington to Yorkshire Air Museum 25 Aug 1999. Re+
May 2002 into storage at RAF Benson. To Doncaster Jun 2+
pictured at Aeroventure, Doncaster in RAF SAR colour s+
wa 63 1955 UK XD769 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA63, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ399 : ff: 09Aug55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ399, 01Sep55; w/o +
701 Sq P (HMS Protector) Flt by Sep 1955, until c mid O+
HMS Eagle SAR Flt/974-J c May 1956 to c Mar 1957
701 Sq C Flt (Lee) by Nov 1957.
Severed tail boom in landing accident aboard HMS Victor+
RNAY Donibristle (road) Feb 1958; RNAY Fleetlands (road+
RNAY Fleetlands (road) Dec 1966; AES Arbroath (road) as+
To AES Lee-on-Solent (road) by Apr 1970. Gone by Oct 19+
tailboom noted on dump at RAE Farnborough (original or +
wa 64 1955 UK XD770 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA64, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ400 : ff: 10Aug55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ394, 31Aug55; w/o +
845Sq/X by Dec 1955, 845Sq/Z by Oct 1956. Ran out of fu+
wa 65 1955 UK XD771 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA65, ntu Royal Navy FAA +
UK XJ401 : Spent c 4 years on various A&AEE and Westland test prog+
trials included drooping tail boom, minesweeping equipm+
UK XJ401 : ff: 24Aug55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ401, 13Sep55.
Aug 1959 to 737 Sq continuing trials of minesweeping ge+
UK G-AYTK : srs.3 wfu & conv Ser.3, Bristow UK as G-AYTK, unk.
to G-AYTK by Feb 1971, to Bermuda as VR-BFG by Oct 1974
UK G-AYTK : 1971 converted to civilian SAR by Bristow Helicopters; +
UK VR-BFG : srs.3 reg Bermuda as VR-BFG, unk; b/u Redhill, UK, 1978.
AU VH-BFG : srs.3 reg Bristow Australia as VH-BFG, unk.
wa 67 1955 UK XG572 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA67, ff: 09Sep55; del Ro+
wa 68 1955 UK XG573 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA68, ff: 09Sep55; del Ro+
Decontamination trials at Porton, mid Jul 1969; SoC by +
wa 69 1955 UK XG574 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA69, ff: 15Aug55; del Ro+
771 Sq / 752-PO (date ?)
to Lee (A2575) by Sep 1967, still there Jun 1968, AES L+
to Wroughton store Mar 1975; to FAA Museum Jan 1988; ba+
wa 70 1955 UK XG575 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA70, ff: 17Aug55; del Ro+
wa 71 1955 UK XG576 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA71, ff: 16Aug55; del Ro+
wfu 1967
UK G-AYNP : ex XG576; to Bristow Dec 1970 as G-AYNP; to South Afric+
srs.3 sold Bristow UK as G-AYNP, unk; conv Ser.3, unk; lsd Co+
ex ZS-HCY; returned to UK Jul 1977
UK G-AYNP : converted to civilian SAR by Bristow Helicopters; Jun7+
UK G-AYNP : to International Helicopter Museum store
By Jun 1994, to Aero-Park Brandenburg as static exhibit+
by , to Heinz Nickel on display at its offices in Zweib+
sold in to Sammler und Hobbywelt in Alten-Buseck, for +
XG576 : Restored by SaHo as Whirlwind HAR.9 in Culdrose Rescue +
Jan 2015 to PS Aero at Baarlo
wa 72 1956 UK XG577 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA72, ff: 28Mar56; del Ro+
to Arbroath (A2571) by Mar 1967, still Jul 1968.
to Lee (A2571) Jun 1970, until May 1974
to IWM Duxford Jun 1974 (but was damaged on arrival), u+
Preserved at Loughborough Leicestershire Aviation Museu+
returned to IWM Duxford during Dec 1983
preserved at Waterbeach by 39 RE REGT by Mar 1986 still+
to Leconfield dump as 9050M by Oct 1990; sold for scrap+
wa 73 1956 UK XG578 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA73, ff: 29Mar56; del Ro+
wa 74 1955 UK XG579 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA74, ff: 10Oct55; del Ro+
to Warrior SAR Flt/993-J, Nov 1956 for Grapple deployme+
815Sq/304 Jan 1959 until ditched off Portland on 21 Apr+
wa 75 1955 UK XG580 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA75, ff: 24Oct55; del Ro+
wa 76 1955 UK XG581 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA76, ff: 25Oct55; del Ro+
Eagle SAR Flt / 973-J, conducted rescue operations for +
21 Jan 1958 while operating from HMS Bulwark with 701 N+
to AIU Lee by Feb 1958; to RNAY Donibristle by Mar 1958+
wa 77 1956 UK XG582 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA77, ff: 16Feb56; del Ro+
wa 78 1955 UK XG583 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA78, ff: 24Feb56; del Ro+
UK G-BAGD : srs.3 sold UK as G-BAGD, unk; conv Ser.3, unk; to VR-BES, unk+
wa 79 1956 UK XG584 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA79, ff: 23Mar56; del Ro+
to Warrior SAR Flt/994-J, Nov 1956 for Grapple deployme+
815Sq / 306 Feb 1959 until ditched in Portland Harbour+
to Arbroath (A2487) by Sep 1959, SoC Oct 1959, still Ma+
wa 80 1956 UK XG585 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA80, ff: 26Mar56; del Ro+
845 NAS / T by May 1957; Eagle SAR Flt / 973-J by Sep +
UK XG585 : Parts recovery - Wrecked
wa 81 1956 UK XG586 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA81, ff: 10Oct56; del Ro+
wa 82 1955 UK XG587 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3 f/f 23Sep55; Royal Navy d/d 1+
845 NAS / X by Feb 1956, 845 NAS / Z by 28 Nov 1956
UK G-AYYI : srs.3 wfu & xfer Bristow, UK as G-AYYI, unk; conv Whirlwind S+
NG 5N-AIS : srs.3 xfer Bristow Nigeria as 5N-AIS, unk; scr, unk.
wa 83 1956 UK XG588 : Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA83, ff: 30Sep56; del Ro+
to Warrior SAR Flt/995-J, Nov 1956 for Grapple deployme+
UK G-BAMH : srs.3 Bristow Helicopters from 1969; Jan/Oct 1973 as Whirlwin+
BM VR-BEP : Bermuda, ex G-BAMH
XG588 : May 1986 to East Midlands aviation museum
preserved at East Midlands Aeropark as RAF SAR aircraft
wa108 1956 UK XJ762 : har.2 Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA108, ff: 01Mar56; del R+
On load to de Havilland to be re-engined with single pr+
27 C/N.