Westland Wessex

Wessex HC.2

1964










The Wessex HC.2 was an improved version of the Wessex HAS.1, designed for battlefield tactical support. To achieve the lift required (armed troops, resupply and significant underslung loads), Westland redesigned the nose, rotor head and engine compartment to accommodate twin turbines and provide single engine operation in the event of engine failure or battle damage. The HAS.1 anti-submarine sensors and equipment were removed and the whole airframe was strengthened to cope with the greater power, loads and potentially more violent manouvering associated with assault insertions.





List of Operators of Westland Wessex HC.2


From Organisation with model Wessex HC.2
1956
united kingdom Ministry of Defence (MoD)
    Wessex 1956/??
1958
united kingdom Westland
    Wessex 11 1958/80
1963
united kingdom Royal Air Force
    Wessex 77 1963/03
1972
oman Silāḥ al-Jaww as-Sulṭāniy ‘Umān
    2 1972/   
1991
uruguay Aviacion Naval Uruguaya
    Wessex 8 1991/10
1997
uruguay Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya
    11 1997/07
1998
united kingdom Newark (Notts & Lincs) Air Museum
    1 1998/   
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wa 4 1958 UK XM299 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA004, f/f: 19/12/1958; del R+
UK XM299 : derelict HC.2 hulk at Farnborough by Apr 1984
wa121 1962 UK XR588 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA121, f/f: 05/10/1962; del R+
28 Sq from Feb 1968; 103 Sq
har.2 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
wa122 1963 UK XR497 : RAF d/d 28feb63; SAR duty at RAF Valley with 202 Sq by+
First flown by me on 02aug68 on 78Sqn at Sharjah. This +
202 Sqn was NEVER at RAF Valley, However 22 Sqn was
noted at RAF Leuchars airshow 02sep78
Jul80 pictured (top) at Koksijde, Belgium
UY 076 : FAU d/d 20jun02; ex RAF XR497; sep02 in service with E+
Pictured (bot) in Uruguay during firefighting duties, v+
wa123 1963 UK XR498 : May69 as 72Sqn /M participated in Daily Mail Trans Atla+
1970 as 72Sqn /AM at Farnborough Airshow
1999 72Sqn /X
RAF St Mawgan, Cornwall; Painted in SAR colours and was+
11Jun17 pictured at RAF Cosford Air Show, minus tail ro+
wa124 1963 UK XR499 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA124, f/f: 05/07/1963; del R+
RAF; 1995 72Sqn./W
wa125 1963 UK XR500 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA125, f/f: 19jul63; del Roya+
Wessex Training Unit; 72 Sq
9 Oct 1967, visited newly commissioned RFA Stromness, o+
Flew her 28Sqn at Kai Tak 2nd and 4th April 1974. I was+
w/o 19apr79, crashed into sea off Hong Kong, crew OK
Sek Kong dump by Mar 1986
wa126 1963 UK XR501 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA126, f/f: 05/07/1963; del R+
noted at RAF Leuchars air show 02sep78 with 22Sqn
13 Aug 1982 22 Sq A Flt at Chivenor
wa127 1963 UK XR502 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA127, f/f: 19/07/1963; del R+
RAF; 1975 18Sqn./BL
US N486KA : Reg 26 Jan 2013 to International Air Services, Carson C+
wa128 1963 UK XR503 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA128, f/f: 23/08/1963; del R+
RAF type:HC.2; 2008 FSCTE Manston
UK XR503 : Engine filter trials in N Africa Aug 1966, RAE by Sep 1+
RAE noted on display at SBAC Farnborough Airshow 1968
RAE Bedford by May 1984 still Jul 1989 DRA by Jun 1992+
DRA; 13+14jun92 ATI 92
at some point, fitted with tail from HU.5 XT463; to G.I+
wa129 1963 UK XR504 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA129, f/f: 30/08/1963; del R+
to 22Sq A Flt, replacing XV730/BW, 18 Mar 1982, until h+
RAF Wessex HC.2; 1984 22Sqn.
SAR duty at RAF Leuchars air show sep84 with B Flt 22Sq+
2010 still at RAF Akrotiri outside base museum not bad+
June 2011 seen it again, on close inspection the engine+
wa130 1963 UK XR505 : First flew 1 Oct 1963, delivered 18 Oct 1963 . SRCU/N+
UY 081 : To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
On July 2009 participated on Southern Partnership Stati+
2010 last operational Wessex (in the world?)
wa131 1963 UK XR506 : ff 30 Oct 1963; dd 23 Dec 1963; 18 Sq/H by Jun 1968 sti+
13jul97 72Sqn./V
I was groundcrew in Victor on the last flight into Shaw+
27mar02 last flown, total airframe hours: 17.343 hrs 35+
as Nov.2011 located as static stand on Longmoor Trainin+
as June 2012 located at RNAS Culdrose, reason unknown.
17apr80 noted at RAF Odiham
Jet Art Aviation : Jan13 pictured on sale on ebay by jetartaviation.co.uk
wa132 1963 UK XR507 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA132, f/f: 26/11/1963; del R+
Noted at AAC Hildesheim 17jun80 when coded BJ with 18Sq+
Jul 1981 in camouflage colour scheme with temporary SAR+
wa133 1963 UK XR508 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA133, f/f: 19/11/1963; del R+
wa134 1963 UK XR509 : ff 13 Dec 1963, dd 6 Jan 1964 . 18 Sq/N by Apr 1965 sti+
wa135 1963 UK XR510 : ff 19 Dec 1963, dd 6 Jan 1964. HOCF/BZ by Sep 1970, w/o+
wa136 1963 UK XR511 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA136, f/f: 20/12/1963, del R+
After return to the RAF from Oman in Nov 1974, 72 Sq/AL+
RAF; 24+25jul99 72Sqn./L Lady Linlithgen. Fairford air +
OM XR511 : seconded to Sultan of Oman Air Force as XR511, unk; rtn+
XR511 : 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
Sep18 stored at Tauranga Airport NZ with Classic flyers
wa137 1963 UK XR515 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA137, f/f: 15/01/1964, del R+
UY 070 : FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XR515
wa138 1964 UK XR516 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA138, f/f 16jan64; del Royal+
18Sq/E by 1964 still Jun 1968; 18Sq/BE by Sep 1976 stil+
ex 2 FTS / WB. Departed Shawbury storage for HMS Sulta+
19mar09 pictured (top) at RAF Shawbury
22nov12 pictured (bot) preserved gate guardian at RAF S+
Jan13 Gate Guard
wa139 1964 UK XR517 : RAF in 1995 /N 60Sqn.
ff 22 Jan 1964, dd 3 Feb 1964. /G by Jun 1968. 72 Sq/AN+
9 Dec 1983 one of 4 Wessex HC.2 from 72 Sq involved in +
ex 72 Sq / N. Arrived at Ulster Aviation Society museum+
11jun11 pictured preserved at the Ulster Aviation Socie+
UK XR517 : Sold to R Everett, Sproughton by Sep 1998, pres. Shoreh+
wa140 1964 UK XR518 : RAF in July 1991 22Sqn.
1992 pictured in SAR livery with 22 Sqd B Flight at RAF+
wa141 1964 UK XR519 : Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 12feb64 del Royal Air Force 0+
XR519 : bare hulk left Hanningfield Metals by Nov 1994
wa142 1964 UK XR520 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA142, f/f: 19/02/1964; del R+
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AB
72 Sq/B by 1965 still Jun 1968; 72 Sq/AB by Aug 1970 st+
29jul92 pictured as SAR type with 22 Sqd A Flight at RA+
DARA Shawbury store by Feb 1999; G.I. HMS Sultan Gospor+
wa143 1963 UK XR521 : First flew 16 Apr 1964 as HC.2, delivered 30 Apr 1964. +
Flew her a lot on 72Sqn between joining 02jun69 and 10d+
18 Sq; 2FTS
RAF; 1993 2FTS
UY 082 : To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
wa144 1964 UK XR522 : ff 22 Apr 1964, dd 1 May 1964 . 78 Sq/O by 1965, HOCF/B+
UY 071 : FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XR522; Gate Guardian Grupo 1 FAU +
wa145 1964 UK XR523 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA145, f/f: 08/05/1964; del R+
dd 28 Jul 1964, 72 Sq/E by Sep 1968 still Jul 1969, 72 +
RAF - noted on display at SBAC Farnborough Airshow Sep6+
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AE
72Sq/AM by May 1978, 72Sq/AR by Aug 1978, 72 Sq/M by M+
to DARA Fleetlands 27 Jan 1997 still Feb 2000; GI HMS S+
G.I. HMS Raleigh by 2003, still 2009, still 2013, still+
to Pembrey Range by Jul 2016
wa146 1964 UK XR524 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA146, f/f: 22/05/1964; del R+
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AF
har.2 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 +
wa147 1964 UK XR525 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA147, f/f: 27/07/1964; del R+
72Sq by Aug 1964; loaned to Sultan of Oman Air Force by+
wa148 1964 UK XR526 : ff 24 Aug 1964, dd 23 Sep 1964. w/o 27 May 1970 with 72+
XR526 : to Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare by Sep 1999
Sep12 appears to have been rebuilt and now on display a+
22 Sep 2018 in open storage outside Helicopter Museum m+
wa149 1964 UK XR527 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA149, f/f: 23/09/1964; del R+
Preserved at Hermeskeil museum by 2017
wa150 1964 UK XR528 : RAF Wessex HC2 ff 04nov64, dd 10dec64; 78 Sq/F, /BZ by+
Sep76 based at Leuchars with 22Sqn
28 Sq/A by Dec 1982 still Mar 1987; RAF Benson by Mar +
Dec13 dumped at RAF Little Rissington on the Airfield n+
XR528 : preserved at Moravia, Kinloss, museum by Aug17
28aug17 at Morayvia, Kinloss, Scotland for display afte+
wa151 1964 UK XR529 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA151, f/f: 01/12/1964; del R+
72Sq /E, noted visting Manadon on 23 Nov 1982
wa193 1965 UK XS674 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA193, f/f: 16/02/1965; del R+
wa194 1965 UK XS675 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA194, f/f: 05/02/1965; del R+
1986 asg 22 squadron RAF seen at RAF Finningley airshow+
XS675 : 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
Sep18 stored at Tauranga Airport NZ with Classic flyers
wa195 1965 UK XS676 : First flew 15 Feb 1965 as HC.2, delivered 24 Mar 1965. +
UY 083 : To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
w/o mar01 crash at sea during a rescue
wa196 1965 UK XS677 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA196, f/f: 15/03/1965; del R+
wa197 1965 UK XS678 : Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 19mar65, d/d RAF 02apr65
72 Sq/K by Jun 1968 still Sep 1968.
UK XS678 : w/o 19mar76 with ETPS; front fuselage to Hawker de Havi+
OM XS678 : seconded to Sultan of Oman Air Force as XS678, unk
wa198 1965 UK XS679 : RAF HC.2 f/f 28apr65 as HC.2, d/d 05may65; 18 Sq/BP by +
08sep80 pictured (top) as 18 Sq/BP at Gutersloh, Germa+
Jul91 /WG 2FTS; 1992 pictured (top) at Boscombe Down d+
UY 084 : To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
wa528 1966 UK XT601 : ff 13 Mar 1966, dd 18 Jun 1966; Khormaksar SAR Flt 1966+
RAF; 13+14jun92 22Sqn.
29jul92 pictured as SAR type with 22 Sqd A Flight at RA+
wa529 1967 UK XT602 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA529, f/f: 08/06/1966; del R+
Khormaksar SAR Flt Nov 1966; Muharraq SAR Flt by Dec 19+
20aug94 pictured with 22sqn with altered markings at RA+
wa530 1966 UK XT603 : First flew 10 Jun 1966 as HC.2, delivered 29 Jun 1966; +
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AD
UY 085 : To Uruguay Jan 1998. Delivered 20 Feb 1998.
wa531 1966 UK XT604 : ff 7 Jul 1966, dd 2 Aug 1966 to RAF. Wessex HAR.2; Khor+
Royal Air Force; 26jul89 22Sqn. at Chivenor Air Day
XT604 m lindsey : To Air & Ground Aviation (Staffordshire). Acquired +
preserved at East Midlands Aeropark
wa532 1966 UK XT605 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA532, f/f: 20/07/1966; del R+
UY 072 : FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT605
wa533 1966 UK XT606 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA533, f/f: 31/08/1966; del R+
RAF Wessex HC.2; 1995 2FTS./WL
72 Sq/O by Nov 1966 still Jun 1968. 84 Sq A Flt/Diamond+
XT606 : 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
Sep18 at Tauranga Airport NZ with Classic flyers
wa534 1966 UK XT607 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA534, f/f 08sep66; del Royal+
72 Sq/P by Jun 1968, 72 Sq/AP by Sep 1976, 72 Sq/P (sti+
w/o 13 Jan 1988 with 72 Sq when force-landed near hospi+
20jun93 pictured as P/ 72 Sqn at RAF Cosford Airshow
to DARA Fleetlands by Jan 1999 still Feb 2000; G.I. HMS+
wa535 1966 UK XT667 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA535, f/f: 23/09/1966; del R+
wa536 1966 UK XT668 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA536, f/f: 06/10/1966; del R+
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AS
12 May 1989, 72 Sq / S at RAF Wyton Air Show.
UY 078 : FAU d/d 2003; ex RAF XT668
wa537 1966 UK XT669 : Westland Wessex HC.2 f/f 21oct66 d/d Royal Air Force 2+
72 Sq/T by Jun 1968, 72 Sq/AT by Sep 1974, 72 Sq/T(?) s+
hit radio mast at Forkhill OP on 25 Oct 1985, while wit+
to 8894M; burnt at Aldergrove 1995
wa538 1966 UK XT670 : 18sep71 72Sqn /AU pictured at RAF Coltishall
1984 22Sqn
SAR duty, yellow colour scheme with B Flt 22 Sqn at RAF+
Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA538, f/f: 07/11/1966; del R+
Preserved at Hermeskeil museum by 2017
wa539 1966 UK XT671 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA539, f/f: 21/11/1966; del R+
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AW
wa540 1966 UK XT672 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA540, f/f: 23/11/1966; del R+
17jun95 pictured as /WE at RAF Cosford
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AW
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AX
XT672 : sold to a private group near Yeovil UK and being restor+
wa541 1966 UK XT673 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA541, f/f: 14/12/1966; del R+
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AY
UY 074 : FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT673
wa542 1966 UK XT674 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA542, f/f: 10/01/1967; del R+
wa543 1966 UY 073 : FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT675
UK XT675 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA543, f/f: 24/01/1967; del R+
wa544 1966 UK XT676 : RAF; 2003 to Uruguay as 079
HC.2 72 Sq / I, visited RAF Shawbury on 8 Jul 1999
UY 079 : FAU d/d 2003; ex RAF XT676
wa545 1967 UK XT677 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA545, f/f: 13/02/1967; del R+
at Thorney Island by 1975
to Lyneham by 1976
XT677 : To Hanningfield Metals by Dec 1999, stil Apr 2000.
wa546 1967 UK XT678 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA546, f/f: 26/02/1967; del R+
UY 075 : FAU d/d jun97; ex RAF XT678
wa547 1967 UK XT679 : ff 8 Mar 1967, dd 31 Mar 1967. w/o 12 Nov 1970 with HOC+
wa548 1967 UK XT680 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA548, f/f: 20/03/1967; del R+
22 Sq by Sep 1981 still May 1984, 84Sqd/\Diamondsby 200+
XT680 : 2011 pictured stored at Taranaki, New Zealand warehouse
Sep18 stored at Tauranga Airport NZ with Classic flyers
wa549 1967 UK XT681 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA549, f/f: 17/04/1967; del R+
wa614 1967 UK XV719 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA614, f/f:?; del Royal Air F+
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AA
17apr80 noted at RAF Odiham
w/o 27 Apr 1990 with 72 Sq, whilst manoeuvring at Bisho+
wa615 1967 UK XV720 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA615, f/f:?; del Royal Air F+
late 60s, was ( initially ? ) with 18 Sqn RAF, coded T +
Sep76 based at Leuchars with 22Sqn
17apr80 noted at RAF Odiham
Jul80 pictured at Koksijde, Belgium
22Sq A Flt by Jan 1986. Performed the last ever Air Sea+
2008 at FSCTE Manston
preserved at HMS Sultan, Gosport
Aug13 soon in France
XV720 : Arrived May 2014 at LaserGaming near Abingdon.
14feb15 Laser Gaming, High Ropes Oxford
wa616 1967 UK XV721 : RAF Wessex HC.2 d/d 31jan68
06may70 as 72Sqn /AK at Farnborough Airshow 1970
05jul70 as 18Sqn /K at Wildenrath open day
24+25jul99 as 72Sqn /H at Fairford air show
UY 080 : FAU d/d 2003, ex RAF XV721
wa617 1967 UK XV722 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA617, f/f: 19/01/1968; del R+
late 1960s, as 18Sqn /U
1968 d/d to 72Sqn at RAF Acklington, Northumberland
wa618 1968 UK XV723 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA618, f/f 08jan68; del Royal+
14may95 pictured as /Q 72 Sqd at North Weald Air Show
Farnborough Airshow 1970 72Sqn /AQ
17apr80 noted at RAF Odiham
UY 077 : FAU d/d 2002; ex RAF XV723
wa619 1968 UK XV724 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA619, f/f: 22/02/1968; del R+
30jul95 picture at Sanicole Hechtel, Belgium
wa620 1968 UK XV725 : f/f 13 Mar 1968, d/d 3 Apr 1968 as HC.2. /A by Jun 196+
late 1960s, coded A ( initially ? ) with 18 Sqn
17apr80 noted at RAF Odiham
RAF type:HC.2; 1983 72Sqn./C
13may94 pictured at Middle Wallop airshow with brand ne+
RAF type:HC.2; 2008-2011 FSCTE./C Manston
wa621 1968 UK XV726 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA621, f/f: 21/03/1968; del R+
wa622 1968 UK XV727 : Westland Wessex HC.2, c/n WA622, f/f: 22/04/1968; del R+
wa623 1968 UK XV728 : f/f 25 Apr 1968, d/d 10 May 1968 to RAF. To 18 Sq, to C+
18Sqn /W
UK XV728 : Sold Jun 1998 from DARA Fleetlands to Newark Air Museu+
wa624 1968 UK XV729 : Wessex HC.2, c/n WA624, f/f 14/05/1968, d/d 31/05/1968,+
22Sq A Flt on 8 Nov 1982, replacing XR504.
GH 9G-AEL : Nov17 at Biggin Hill, owner possible The Wessex Club Li+
wa625 1968 UK XV730 : Wessex HC.2, c/n WA625, f/f 22/05/1968, d/d 06/06/1968,+
arrived 4 Nov 1981 from Fleetlands, for 22Sq A Flt, unt+
Royal Air Force; 26jul89 22Sqn. at Chivenor Air Day
22 Sq by Sep 1984 still Sep 1986, 84 Sq/Clubs by 1999 -+
06jul88 In my flying log as 22 Sqn 'C' Flight RAF Valle+
XV730 : 2011 pictured on right of XT680 stored at Taranaki, New+
Sep18 stored at Tauranga Airport in NZ with Classic Fly+
wa626 1968 UK XV731 : Wessex HC.2, WA626, f/f 13/06/1968, d/d 03/07/1968, sto+
73 C/N.