Westland Wessex

Wessex HAR.2


This version of the Wessex was created for use on UK SAR duties in the mid 1970s, being used to start the replacement of the Whirlwind HAR Mk10 on 22 Squadron, initially at RAF Manston. All the airframes were converted from RAF Wessex HC Mk.2s, most of the early airframes having been previously used by Support Helicopter Squadrons as used overseas by 78 Squadron at Sharjah and 103 Squadron at Tengah, Singapore as these squadrons disbanded and were withdrawn. Although very similar to the SH variant, they received the familiar all yellow RAF SAR colour scheme and were permanently configured with role equipment for SAR missions, and such important items as a wet fit floor to minimise corrosive sea water incursion. They were also the first Wessex variant to be fitted with the 300 foot cable length rescue hoist.

List of Operators of Westland Wessex HAR.2

From Organisation with model Wessex HAR.2
united kingdom Royal Air Force
    Wessex 77 1963/03

Construction Numbers

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wa121 1962 UK XR588 : hc.2 Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA121, f/f: 05/10/1962; del R+
28 Sq from Feb 1968; 103 Sq
Conversion to HAR.2 Standard; 22 Sq; SARTU; 22 Sq; SART+
UK XR588 : First Wessex prototype built as a HC.2 (XM299 was a con+
UK XR588 : A&AEE
wa146 1964 UK XR524 : hc.2 Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA146, f/f: 22/05/1964; del R+
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AF
Benson Stn Flt; Conversion to HAR.2
22 Sq; SARTU; 22 Sq; SARTU; 22 Sq
12 Aug 1993 ditched into Llyn Padarn after tail rotor f+
XR524 : RAF - noted at SBAC Farnborough Airshow Sep68 as 72Sqn +

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