Del'd: 25 - 1952 to 1962





Originally part of an order for 50 airframes, the final 25 (which were to become WV226-WV250) for the RAF and the RN were cancelled. The 25 delivered were all new ex-USN airframes supplied under MDAP, 10 became HAR.21s (ex USN HRS-2) and 15 the HAS.22 (ex USN HO4S-1) in Fleet Air Arm service. They began to be replaced by the Whirlwind HAR.1 in summer 1954. The HAR.21 had been withdrawn from front line operations by 1955 and the HAS.22 had mostly left front line service by 1957.



The Dragonfly issued to HMS Glory was lost overboard while on passage to the operational area on 15th December 1952. It was ready to take up planeguard duties astern and when take off was attempted from flyone ahead of the island on the starboard side a wind gust carried it stern first into the bridge. A rotor blade smashed a window and the aircraft was diverted to starboard after the collision. Reports say that it entered the sea inverted or nearly so. Neither crew member survived. This was on of the first built by Westland Aviation in Yeovil, Somerset and was fitted with the Alvis Leonides engine. The rotor was almost certainly wood laminate in this model. Serial number is unknown at this date


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C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    55-280 HRS-2 1952     WV189: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV189, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130182: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-280, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13018+
    55-281 HRS-2 1952     WV190: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV190, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130183: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-281, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13018+
    55-282 HRS-2 1952     WV191: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV191, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130184: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-282, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13018+
    55-283 HRS-2 1952     WV192: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV192, Ex BuAer 1+
United States Naval Aviation 130185: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-283, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13018+
    55-284 HRS-2 1952     WV193: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV193, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130186: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-284, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13018+
    55-285 HRS-2 1952     WV194: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV194, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130187: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-285, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13018+
    55-286 HRS-2 1952     WV195: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV195, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130188: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-286, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13018+
    55-287 HRS-2 1952     WV196: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV196, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130189: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-287, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13018+
    55-288 HRS-2 1952     WV197: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV197, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130190: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-288, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13019+
    55-289 HRS-2 1952     WV198: har.21 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAR.21, WV198, Ex BuAer 13+
United States Naval Aviation 130191: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-289, ff:?; del USN as HRS-2, 13019+
    55-455 HO4S-3 1954     WV199: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV199, Ex BuAer 133739, f/f 19May53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133739: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-455, ff:?; del USN as HO4S-3, 1337+
    55-456 HO4S-3 1953     WV200: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV200, Ex BuAer 133740, f/f 18May53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133740: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-456, ff:?; del USN as HO4S-3, 1337+
    55-457 HO4S-3 1953     WV201: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV201, Ex BuAer 133741, d/d 26Sep53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133741: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-457, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-474 HO4S-3 1953     WV202: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV202, Ex BuAer 133742, f/f 09Jun53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133742: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-474, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-475 HO4S-3 1953     WV203: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV203, Ex BuAer 133743, f/f 10Jun53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133743: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-475, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+

- ZS-HDO: sold to Autair 19 Nov 1970 to ZS-HDO; pres. SAAF Museum+
    55-476 HO4S-3 1953     WV204: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV204, Ex BuAer 133744, f/f 10Jun53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133744: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-476, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+

- WV204: Preserved SAAF Museum satellite Ysterplaat by 2008
    55-477 HO4S-3 1953     WV205: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV205, Ex BuAer 133745, d/d 26Sep53;+
United States Naval Aviation 133745: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-477, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-478 HO4S-3 1953     WV218: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV218, Ex BuAer 133746, d/d 26Sep53;+
United States Naval Aviation 133746: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-478, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-479 HO4S-3 1953     WV219: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV219, Ex BuAer 133747, f/f 11Jun53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133747: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-479, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-480 HO4S-3 1953     WV220: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV220, Ex BuAer 133748, f/f 15Jun53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133748: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-480, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-481 HO4S-3 1953     WV221: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as WV221, Ex BuAer 133749, f/f 22Jun53,+
United States Naval Aviation 133749: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-481, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-497 HO4S-3 1953     WV222: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAS.22 WV222, Ex BuAer 133+
United States Naval Aviation 133750: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-497, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-498 HO4S-3 1953     WV223: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAS.22 WV223, Ex BuAer 133+
United States Naval Aviation 133751: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-498, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+

Autair Helicopters ZS-HDM: to Autair Pty, SA. c Jun 1971

South African Air Force A5: 1987 preserved airworthy at SAAF Museum
    55-499 HO4S-3 1953     WV224: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAS.22 WV224, Ex BuAer 133+
United States Naval Aviation 133752: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-499, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+

- WV224: Preserved SAAF Museum (Swartkop) by 2008
    55-500 HO4S-3 1953     WV225: has.22 MAP to UK/Royal Navy as Whirlwind HAS.22 WV225, Ex BuAer 133+
United States Naval Aviation 133753: Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-500, ff:?; acc BuAerRep (BAR) East+
    55-016 S-55 1951     WW339: Royal Navy as WW339, unk
Westland G-AMHK: Sikorsky S-55, c/n 55-016, d/d Westlands as WS-55 Whirl+

WS-55 Whirlwind prototype; Jun51 pictured at unk event.+

Ministry of Defence (MoD) XA842: MoD as XA842, unk

Westland G-17-1: rtnd Westlands as G-17-1, unk

- LN-ORK: Norway from 08oct53, ex G-17-1

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