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  • Westland Wasp

    Derived from Saunders Roe Saro P.531

    Two seat (side by side), anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare helicopter. derived from the Saunders-Roe P531, after disappointing experience with the Skeeter 5. powered by a (derated) rolls-royce (blackburn) nimbus 101 engine. A four point, castored wheel fixed undercarriage and its small size allowed operation from small ships. used by the Royal Navy (96), with export versions for Australia, Brazil, Netherlands and New Zealand navies. Could carry two torpedos or air to surface missles.
    Built at Fairey (then Westland) factory at Hayes, Middlesex. Transported the 15 miles westward by road to White Waltham for first flight.
    production wasps used the rolls-royce nimbus 503 engine.
    Orginally designated Sea Scout, was known as Wasp HAS.1 in Royal Navy service. The f. in the c/n means that was built by Fairey.


    Engine: 1 x RR Nimbus 503 710 shp
    Capacity: 2 + 3
    Length: (m) 9.24
    Height: (m) 2.72
    Blades: 4
    Rotor diam.: (m) 9.83
    Disc area: (m2) 75.9
    Weight: (kgs) Empty: 1566     Max: 2495
    Speed: (km/h) Cruise: 177     Max: 193
    Range: (km) 435
    Ceiling: (m) 3720     Max: 3810
    Rate/Climb: (m/min) 439

    List of Operators of Westland Wasp

    From Organisation with model Wasp
    south africa Suid-Afrikaanse Lugmag
        16 1963/90
    united kingdom Fleet Air Arm
        98 1963/86
    brazil Força Aeronaval da Marinha do Brasil
        11 1966/91
    netherlands Marine Luchtvaartdienst
        13 1966/81
    new zealand Royal New Zealand Navy
        17 1966/98
    indonesia tentara nasional indonesia angkatan laut
        10 1981/98
    malaysia Tentera Laut Diraja Malaysia
        12 1987/01
    united kingdom Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
        1 1995/   
    Construction Numbers on database of Wasp or its versions


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