Westland Whirlwind

Whirlwind HAS.7


Westland WS-55 Whirlwind powered by Alvis Leonides Major engine and a 3 degree droop of the tail boom for increased main rotor clearance. 120 built for Royal Navy and some used as Commando transports for Royal Marines.
Early individuals of the HAS.7 were plagued by engine problems, principally with the centrifugal clutch mechanism of the Alvis Leonides Major Mk.155 engine. Failure rates became so high that the type was withdrawn from service for several months while intense work was put into solving the problem. In the meantime the type was grounded between Apr and Nov 1959 and some Units re-equipped with the older HAR.3 until they could be replaced with rectified HAS.7s.

List of Operators of Westland Whirlwind HAS.7

From Organisation with model Whirlwind HAS.7
united kingdom Westland
    Whirlwind 1952/??
united kingdom Fleet Air Arm
    Whirlwind 167 1953/77
yugoslavia Ratno Vazdhuhoplovstvo i Protiv Vazdusna
    Whirlwind 34 1957/74
united kingdom Newark (Notts & Lincs) Air Museum
    Whirlwind 1 1980/   
Construction Numbers on database of Whirlwind HAS.7


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wa281 1959 UK XN301 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA281, ff: 06Nov59; del R+
Jan 1960 to 848 Sq / M-B; 21 Nov 1961 ditched off HMS B+
wa282 1959 UK XN302 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA282, ff: 28Nov59; del R+
Mar 1960 to 848 Sq / V-B, until c mid Nov 1962; May 196+
Jan 1972 NASU Culdrose; 13 Apr 1975 Final Whirlwind HAS+
to AES Lee (A2654) by Apr 1975, still Mar 1978; to fire+
to HMS Royal Arthur (A2654) in Jul 1987 and re-allocate+
to RAF Finningley as 9037M by May 1990, on dump by Sep +
XN302 : Noted at Hanningfield Metals Feb 1996
wa283 1959 UK XN303 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA283, ff: 15Dec59; del R+
HAS.7 824Sqn/333-R Feb 1960, replacing XL849 on unit st+
wa284 1959 UK XN304 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA284, ff: 11Dec59; del R+
848 Sq/W-B by Jan 1960; 705 Sq/522 by Dec 1964, 705 Sq/+
RMCS Shrivenham by Nov 1975
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
Arrived at Wroughton from Shrivenham damaged by fire, +
XN304 : To Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum 19 Jul 1982. Dis+
20Jun19 pictured at Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum+
wa285 1959 UK XN305 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA285, ff: 09Dec59; del R+
848 Sq / R-B by Feb 1960
5 Jul 1960 as 848 Sq / R-B, collided with XN298 / H-B a+
AES Lee, still as /516-PO (A2606) by Mar 1978
wa286 1960 UK XN306 : har9 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA286, f/f: 05Jan60; del +
Brawdy SAR Flight /15 by Aug 1968
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa287 1960 UK XN307 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA287, ff: 16Jan60; del R+
814Sq / 286-H by Apr 1960, ditched Gibraltar (harbour)+
to Lee (A2501) by Feb 1961
to HMS Ganges by Jul 1966, still there Dec 1968; scr. t+
wa288 1960 UK XN308 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA288, ff: 21Jan60; del R+
814 Sq/287-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961; 846 Sq/Y-A from +
AES Arbroath as A2605 by Feb 1970
AES Lee by Oct 1970; Wroughton by Apr 1981; AES Lee sti+
wa289 1960 UK XN309 : har9 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA289, f/f: 25Jan60; del +
814Sq/288-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961
846SqS/T-A May 1962. Hit tail rotor while landing in cl+
846Sq/V-A by Jun 1963, Fleetlands by Jan 1964, to West+
har9 Culdrose SAR Flt/590-CU by Jan 1968, Culdrose SAR Flt/5+
har9 RNEC Manadon by road Jul 1975 still as /590-CU. To Wrou+
har9 From Wroughton during 1976; To GI A2663 at SAH Culdrose+
Pres. SWWAPS in Jul 1981, still wearing /590-CU; to Cor+
wa290 1960 UK XN310 : har9 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA290, f/f: 26Jan60; del +
814Sq/284-H by Apr 1960 to Sep 1961, 846 Sq/Q-A from Ju+
Jan 1963 to 848 Sq / Q, until May 1963
May 1963 to 847 Sq / J-CU; conv to HAR.9 at W-s-M Aug 1+
har9 A&AEE Nov 1965, Hermes SAR Flt/335-H by Jan 1966, RNAY +
wa291 1960 UK XN311 : har9 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA291, f/f: 12Feb60; del +
late Dec 1961 to 848 Sq / T-B, until c Nov 1962
Brawdy SAR Flight /14 by Aug 1968
wa292 1960 UK XN312 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA292, ff: 18Feb60; del R+
814Sq/281-H by Apr 1960. Ditched and sank during approa+
wa293 1960 UK XN313 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA293, ff: 23Feb60; del R+
814Sq/282-H by Apr 1960, w/o Lough Foyle while operatin+
wa294 1960 UK XN314 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA294, ff: 25Feb60; del R+
HAS.7 719 NAS/625 May 1960 until unit disbanded on 5 Oc+
AES Lee (A2614) by Mar 1978
to Predannack by 1990
wa303 1960 UK XN357 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA303, ff: 10Mar60; del R+
HAS.7 May 1960 to 719 Sq / 626, until ditched and sank +
wa304 1960 UK XN358 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA304, ff: 18Mar60; del R+
HAS.7 825 NAS/311-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
HAS.7 824Sqn/331 Dec 1961, replacing XN385 on unit stre+
to RN AMS Seafield Park Jun 1975, still Mar 1978
to Lee dump by Aug 1980
to Yeovilton dump by Sep 1981, still Jul 1982
wa305 1960 UK XN359 : har9 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA305, f/f: 23Mar60; del +
HAS.7 719 NAS/627 May 1960 until unit disbanded on 5 Oc+
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa306 1960 UK XN360 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA306, ff: 26Mar60; del R+
814Sq/285-H by Jul 1960 (replacing XL882) until Sep 196+
wa307 1960 UK XN361 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA307, ff: 11Apr60; del R+
HAS.7 825 NAS/310-V by Jul 1960 until ditched and sank +
wa308 1960 UK XN362 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA308, ff: 26Apr60; del R+
HAS.7 825 NAS/315-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
HAS.7 824Sqn/335-V from Dec 1961, ditched close to HMS +
wa309 1960 UK XN379 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA309, ff: 27Apr60; del R+
HAS.7 825 NAS/316-V Dec 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
HAS.7 824Sqn/336-C Dec 1961, replacing XL884 on unit st+
wa310 1960 UK XN380 : Westland WS-55, c/n WA310, f/f:16May60; del Royal Navy +
HAS.7 825 NAS/318-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
HAS.7 824Sqn/338-C Dec 1961, until May 1963.
12sep73 I flew this with 705Squadron at RNAS Culdrose +
to Headcorn by May 1977, still as /67
to Lashenden Air Warfare Museum by Apr 1984, still Apr +
RN type:HAS.7; from Oct01 preserved museum Manston. In +
wa311 1960 UK XN381 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA311, ff: 24May60; del R+
HAS.7 825 NAS/314-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961 to 824Sqn.
HAS.7 824Sqn/334-C Dec 1961, replacing XK940 on unit st+
wa312 1960 UK XN382 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA312, ff: 26May60; del R+
HAS.7 825 NAS/317-V Jul 1960, until Dec 1961.
wa313 1960 UK XN383 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA313, ff: 10Jun60; del R+
wa314 1960 UK XN384 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA314, f/f: 27Jun60; del +
May 1961 to 848 Sq / H-B until c Jun 1963; Aug 1963 to +
har9 Oct 1964 to Oldmixon for conv to HAR.9, completed by c +
RN: Whirlwind HAR.9 noted in storage at RAF Wroughton 2+
wa315 1960 UK XN385 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA315, ff: 02Jul60; del R+
HAS.7 824Sqn/331-C Sep 1960, replacing XL851 on unit st+
HAS.7 825 NAS/311-V Dec 1961, replacing XN358 on unit s+
HAS.7 824Sqn/337 Jan 1963, replacing XL853 on unit stre+
to Hurn in Jan 1993. Still there Sep 1993.
At Botany Bay boot sale site by Jun 2001
At Doug Hacking Motorcycles, Bolton; Gone by Sep 2005.
Jul 2009 at Battlezone Paintball, Picton; still there F+
wa316 1960 UK XN386 : har9 RN Whirlwind HAS.7 f/f 27Jun60 d/d 05Aug60; conv HAR.9
814Sq/282-H by Oct 1960; (repl XN313) to Sep 1961; 846 +
Fleetlands store by Sep 1966; 829 Sq/448-ED Endurance F+
FAA, noted in storage at Wroughton 21Oct78 marked as 43+
XN386 : Waiting restoration at South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum,+
05sep19 pictured at Aeroventure, Doncaster as /435 End+
wa317 1960 UK XN387 : har9 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA317, f/f: 25Jul60; del +
HAS.7 719 NAS/626 Feb 1961, replacing XN357 on squadron+
to Odiham 19 Oct 1977
by 1979, painted in camouflage and allocated 8564M
RN in 1983 8564M BDRT Odiham (UK)
to Spadeadam Ranges by Jun 1993
Apr 2000, Sep 2001 still on ranges at Spadeadam
wa326 1959 Y2 11900 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA326, ff: 59; del Yugosl+
wa327 1959 Y2 11901 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA327, ff: 1959; del Yugo+
wa334 1959 Y2 11902 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA334, ff: 1959; del Yugo+
wa335 1959 Y2 11903 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA335, ff: 1959; del Yugo+
wa340 1959 Y2 11904 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA340, ff: 1959; del Yugo+
wa341 1959 Y2 11905 : Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA341, ff: 1959; del Yugo+

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