Del'd: 135 - 1955 to 1981

Royal Air Force whirlwind

The Whirlwind HAR.2 first entered RAF service in Feb 1955 with 22 Squadron, alongside its Sycamores. Used for Tactical Transport and Search and Rescue operations in the UK and overseas. The HAR.4 was an improved HAR.2, for hot and high operations. The Queen's Flight used a converted HAR.2 from Spring 1958, followed by a pair of HCC.8s and then the HCC.12 until Dec 1967. The more powerful Whirlwind HAR.10 was introduced in Nov 1961 with 225 Squadron. The last Whirlwind HAR.10 retired from 202 Squadron in Nov 1981, after the unit had begun to convert to the Sea King HAR.3.

The Whirlwind HAR 10 continiued in RAF service with 84 Squadron in both the SAR role (A Flight) and the UN support role (B Flight) until final withdrawal of the type on 1st March 1982.

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YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1972/8284 squadronCY RAF Akrotiri
CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)
1970/8132 (the royal) squadron RAF Northolt
1969/701564 Flt
1968/7228 squadronHK Kai Tak
1964/81202 squadronBrawdy
RAF Coltishall
RAF Boulmer
RAF Lossiemouth
RAF Leconfield
RAF Leuchars
RAF Coltishall
Thorney Island
1964/67SAR Flight, KhormaksarYE Khormaksar / Aden International
1964/661310 FltGY Timehri Airport
RAF Odiham
1963/72103 squadronSG Tengah Air Base
SG Changi International Airport
MY Butterworth
SG Seletar
CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)
1963/721563 FltCY RAF Akrotiri
CY Nicosia (Lefkosia)
1963/71110 squadronSG Changi International Airport
SG Seletar
MY Butterworth
1962/71230 squadronRAF Odiham
RAF Wittering
RAF Odiham
MY Labuan
DE Gütersloh
RAF Odiham
1961/65225 squadronMY Kuching
SG Seletar
RAF Odiham
1960/62225 squadronRAF Odiham
1959/64228 squadronRAF Coltishall
RAF Leuchars
RAF Leconfield
Norwich / Horsham St. Faith
1959/60110 squadronMY Butterworth
MY Simpang
1959275 squadronJHCFS Aldergrove
RAF Leconfield
RAF Leuchars
Norwich / Horsham St. Faith
1958/69queens flightRAF Benson
1958/59217 squadronNewquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
1957/581360 (helicopter) flightNewquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
19571439 Flt
1955/8122 squadronRAF Leconfield
RAF Leuchars
Kent International / Manston
Thorney Island
RAF Coltishall
Thorney Island
Kent International / Manston
RMB Chivenor
Newquay Cornwall Airport (RAF St Mawgan)
RAF Valley
Thorney Island
AAC Middle Wallop
1955/581362 FltAU Maralinga
1955155 squadronMY Simpang
1954/59155 squadronMY Simpang
2FTSRAF Shawbury
RAF Tern Hill

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C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    wa367 har10 1962     8672M: to 8672M Feb 1981 and Shawbury gate guard Dec 1987 as 2FTS/Z+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XP351: to MoD(PE) 30 Nov 1972 for trials until May 1973.
    wa 29 har.4 1954     8730M: Assigned a maintenance serial 8730M in May 1982 and on displ+
    wa 27 har.4 1954     8787M: as RAF Akrotiri gate guard, from Sep 1983 (still here 1987).
    wa403 har10 1962     8873M: 1986 to 8873M RAF Odiham gate guard marked as 230Sq/A Sep 19+
    wa 20 har.4 1954     XD163: Originally built in 1954 at Yeovil, Somerset as a 12-seat tr+
- XD163: acquired by The Helicopter Museum in Apr 1991. Under re+
    wa 21 har.4 1954     XD164: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA21, f/f:21May54; del RAF as +
    wa 22 har.4 1954     XD165: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA22, f/f:09Jul54; del RAF as +
    wa 25 har.4 1954     XD182: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA25, f/f:13Aug54; del RAF as +
    wa 26 har.4 1954     XD183: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA26, f/f:20Jul54; del RAF as +
    wa 27 har.4 1954     XD184: RAF; Mar.93 pictured HAR.10 type preserved in 84 Sqn colors +
    wa 28 har.4 1954     XD185: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA28, f/f:09Aug54; del RAF as +
    wa 29 har.4 1954     XD186: preserved Hermeskeil Air Museum, Germany as RAF Rescue 8701M+
    wa 30 har.4 1954     XD187: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA30, ff: 22Aug54; del RAF as +
    wa 31 har.4 1954     XD188: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA31, ff: 30Aug54; del RAF as +
    wa 33 har.4 1954     XD777: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA33, ff: 21Oct54; ntu Royal A+
- G-BKHB: wfu & xfer UK as G-BKHB, unk.

- N7013H: sold US N7013H, 15Jun88; w/o Aug88.
    wa 34 har.4 1954     XD778: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA34, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 35 har.4 1954     XD779: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA35, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 36 har.4 1954     XD780: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA36, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 37 har.4 1954     XD781: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA37, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 38 har.4 1954     XD782: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA38, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 40 har.4 1954     XD783: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA40, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 41 har.4 1954     XD784: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA41, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 42 har.4 1954     XD795: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA42, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 43 har.4 1954     XD796: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA43, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 44 har.4 1954     XD797: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA44, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 45 har.4 1955     XD798: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA45, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 46 har.4 1955     XD799: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA46, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 47 har.4 1955     XD800: Westland Whirlwind Ser.1, c/n WA47, ntu Royal Air Force as W+
    wa 48 har.4 1955     XD801: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA48, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 49 har.4 1955     XD802: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA49, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 50 har.4 1955     XD803: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA50, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 51 har.4 1955     XD804: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA51, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 52 har.4 1955     XD805: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA52, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 53 har.4 1955     XD806: Westland Whirlwind HAR.4, c/n WA53, ntu Royal Air Force as X+
    wa 72 har3 1956     XG577: to Leconfield dump as 9050M (date ?); scrapped 2001
Royal Navy XG577: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA72, ff: 28Mar56; del Ro+

- XG577: Preserved at Loughborough Leicestershire Aviation Museu+
    wa 33 har.4 1954     XJ407: har10 del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ407, 03Nov54; conv+
- G-BKHB: wfu & xfer UK as G-BKHB, unk.

- N7013H: sold US N7013H, 15Jun88; w/o Aug88.
    wa 34 har.4 1954     XJ408: ff: 27Oct54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ407, +
    wa 35 har.4 1954     XJ409: har10 ff: 03Nov54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ409, +
    wa 36 har.4 1954     XJ410: har10 ff: 05Nov54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ410, +
    wa 37 har.4 1954     XJ411: har10 ff: 13Nov54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ411, +
    wa 38 har.4 1954     XJ412: har10 ff: 15Nov54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ412, +
    wa 40 har.4 1954     XJ413: ff: 23Nov54 as XD783; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4+
    wa 41 har.4 1954     XJ414: har10 RAF f/f/ 24Nov54 as XD784, d/d 03Dec54 as Whirlwind HAR.4 XJ+
    wa 42 har.4 1954     XJ426: har10 ff: 14Dec54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ426, +
    wa 43 har.4 1954     XJ427: f/f 16Dec54, d/l RAF as Whirlwind HAR.4 XJ412 12Jan55; w/o +
    wa 44 har.4 1954     XJ428: har10 ff: 20Dec54; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ428, +
    wa 45 har.4 1955     XJ429: har10 ff: 14Jan55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ429, +
    wa 46 har.4 1955     XJ430: har10 ff: 20Jan55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ430, +
    wa 47 har.4 1955     XJ431: ff: 31May55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ431, +
    wa 48 har.4 1955     XJ432: har10 ff: 11Feb55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.4, XJ432, +
    wa 49 har.4 1955     XJ433: har10 ff: 18Feb55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.2, XJ433, +
    wa 50 har.4 1955     XJ434: har.2 ff: 22Feb55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.2, XJ434, +
    wa 51 har.4 1955     XJ435: har10 ff: 03Mar55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.2, XJ435, +
    wa 52 har.4 1955     XJ436: har.2 ff: 18Mar55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.2, XJ436, +
    wa 53 har.4 1955     XJ437: har10 ff: 30Mar55; del Royal Air Force as Whirlwind HAR.2, XJ437, +
    wa 94 har.2 1955     XJ723: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA94, ff:03Oct55; del Royal Ai+
- XJ723: Unk to Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Base (OPITB+

Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre XJ723: May93 loaned to Montrose Aerodrome Museum Society for d+

- XJ723: 2007 sold by Montrose Aerodrome Museum Society to Newc+

Sep17 At Dallachy awaiting move to Morayvia for restora+
    wa 95 har.2 1955     XJ724: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA95, ff:28Oct55; del Royal Ai+
    wa 96 har.2 1955     XJ725: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA96, ff:19Dec55; del Royal Ai+
    wa 97 har.2 1955     XJ726: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA97, ff:22Dec55; del Royal Ai+
- XJ726: ex Wroughton. To Nene Valley Aviation Society, Feb 1982+
    wa 98 har.2 1955     XJ727: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA98, ff:29Dec55; del Royal Ai+
    wa 99 har.2 1956     XJ728: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA99, ff: 18Jan56; del Royal A+
    wa100 har.2 1956     XJ729: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2 f/f 18Jan56 d/d 01Feb56; conv HAR.1+
- G-BVGE: Austen Assoc Nov93-May99

private at County Westmeath, Ireland May99-Nov13

private from Nov13

18feb16 part of fly-past at RAF Valley to mark formal d+

11Jun17 pictured at RAF Cosford Air Show
    wa101 har.2 1955     XJ730: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA101, ff: 26Nov55; del Royal +
    wa102 har.2 1956     XJ756: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA102, ff: 23Jan56; del Royal +
    wa103 har.2 1956     XJ757: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA103, ff: 24Jan56; del Royal +
    wa104 har.2 1956     XJ758: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA104, ff: 01Feb56; del Royal +
    wa105 har.2 1956     XJ759: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA105, ff: 22Feb56; del Royal +
    wa106 har.2 1956     XJ760: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA106, ff: 29Feb56; del Royal +
    wa107 har.2 1956     XJ761: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA107, ff: 28Jan56; del Royal +
    wa108 har.2 1956     XJ762: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA108, ff: 01Mar56; del Royal +
    wa109 har.2 1956     XJ763: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA109, ff: 29Feb56; del Royal +
- G-BKHA: sold UK as G-BKHA, unk; pres Elmira, New York, unk.

- -: Jul16 still at the Wings of Eagles discovery centre at +

Saturday October the 8th 2016. I sat in the cockpit of +
    wa110 har.2 1956     XJ764: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA110, ff: 05Mar56; del Royal +
    wa111 har.2 1956     XJ765: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA111, ff: 16Mar56; del Royal +
    wa112 har.2 1956     XJ766: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA112, ff: 21Mar56; del Royal +
    wa139 har.2 1956     XK968: RAF from 1981 dump Manston /E
    wa140 har.2 1956     XK969: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA140, ff: 07Jun56; del Royal +
    wa141 har.2 1956     XK970: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA141, ff: 25May56; del Royal +
    wa142 har.2 1956     XK986: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA142, ff: 27Jun56; del Royal +
    wa143 har.2 1956     XK987: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA143, ff: 02Jul56; del Royal +
    wa144 har.2 1956     XK988: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA144, ff: 09Jul56; del Royal +
    wa145 har.2 1956     XK989: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA145, ff: 14Nov56; del Royal +
    wa146 har.2 1956     XK990: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA146, ff: 29Dec56; del Royal +
    wa147 har.2 1956     XK991: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA147, ff: 29Dec56; del Royal +
    wa148 har.2 1956     XL109: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA148, ff: 27Nov56; del Royal +
    wa149 har.2 1956     XL110: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA149, ff: 30Nov56; del Royal +
    wa150 har.2 1957     XL111: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA150, ff: 16Jan57; del Royal +
    wa151 har.2 1957     XL112: har10 Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA151, ff: 18Jan57; del Royal +
    wa152 har.2 1956     XL113: Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, c/n WA152, ff: 16Nov56; del Royal +
    wa266 hcc.8 1959     XN126: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA266, ff: 02May59; del Royal+
    wa267 hcc.8 1959     XN127: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA267, ff: 07Aug59; del Royal+
    wa342 har10 1961     XP299: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA342, ff: 28Mar61; del Royal+
    wa343 har10 1961     XP300: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA343, ff: 25Aug61; del Royal+
    wa344 har10 1961     XP301: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA344, ff: 25Aug61; del Royal+
    wa345 har10 1961     XP302: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA345, ff: 08Sep61; del Royal+
    wa346 har10 1961     XP303: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA346, ff: 05Jul61; del Royal+
    wa347 har10 1961     XP327: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA347, ff: 29Aug61; del Royal+
    wa348 har10 1961     XP328: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA348, ff: 29Aug61; del Royal+
- G-BKHC: wfu & sold UK as G-BKHC, unk; w/o 22Aug88.
    wa349 har10 1961     XP329: (110 Sq ?)/C by Sep 1963
    wa350 har10 1961     XP330: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA350, ff: 21Sep61; del Royal+
    wa351 har10 1961     XP331: Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, c/n WA351, ff: 11Oct61; del Royal+

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