Del'd: 167 - 1953 to 1977





Fleet Air Arm whirlwind

Introduced after an evaluation of the Sikorsky S-55, the Whirlwind HAR.1 was the first British version of this successful helicopter. Served the Royal Navy for almost 25 years in HAR.1, HAR.3, the troublesome HAS.7 and the HAR.9 versions in carrier plane guard, ship's flight, tactical transport, commando assault, anti-submarine and Search and Rescue roles.

Picture shows Whirlwinds taking 45 Commando, Royal Marines from HMS Theseus (R64) to Port Said during Operation Musketeer on November 1956


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C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    wa 1 har.1 1952     XA862: f/f 12nov52 as Srs.1 G-AMJT; f/f 01aug53 as HAR.1; 705Sq Oct+
    wa 2 har.1 1953     XA863: Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, WA2, f/f 28Nov53; del Fleet Air Ar+
    wa 5 har.1 1954     XA865: Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, WA5, f/f 12May54; del Royal Navy a+
    wa 6 har.1 1954     XA866: Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, cn WA5, f/f 11Mar54; del Royal Nav+
    wa 7 har.1 1954     XA867: Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, cn WA5, f/f 31Mar54; del ROyal Nav+
    wa 8 har.1 1954     XA868: Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, cn WA8, f/f 02Apr54; del Royal Nav+
- XA868: Acquired by the then British Rotorcraft Museum (now IHM+

Remains at Arnolds Scrapyard Horsham by 1984, still Jan+
    wa 9 har.1 1954     XA869: Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, cn WA9, f/f 01May54; del Royal Nav+
    wa 16 har.1 1954     XA870: Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, cn WA16, f/f 18May54; del Royal Na+
Flambards Experience XA870: to Cornwall Aero Park by 1976, then as Flambards Experi+
    wa 17 har.1 1954     XA871: Westland Whirlwind HAR.1, cn WA17, f/f 30Sep54; del Royal Na+
    wa 57 har3 1954     XD763: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA57, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XJ393: TRE Defford Mar 1956, RRE Pershore Sep 1957

Torbay Aircraft Museum XJ393: at Torbay Aircraft Museum, until c 1982

roadside cafe near Pulborough by 1989, scrapped 1993
    wa 58 har3 1955     XD764: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA58, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
    wa 59 har3 1955     XD765: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA59, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
    wa 60 har3 1955     XD766: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA60, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
    wa 61 har3 1955     XD767: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA61, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
    wa 62 har3 1955     XD768: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA62, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
- G-BDBZ: to G-BDBZ, unk; pres. AeroVenture, Doncaster, UK.
    wa 63 har3 1955     XD769: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA63, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
    wa 64 har3 1955     XD770: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA64, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
    wa 65 har3 1955     XD771: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA65, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
Bristow G-AYTK: wfu & conv Ser.3, Bristow UK as G-AYTK, unk.

to G-AYTK by Feb 1971, to Bermuda as VR-BFG by Oct 1974

Bristow VR-BFG: reg Bermuda as VR-BFG, unk; b/u Redhill, UK, 1978.

- VR-BFG:

Bristow Australia VH-BFG: reg Bristow Australia as VH-BFG, unk.
    wa 66 har3 1955     XD772: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA66, ntu Royal Navy FAA as XD+
    wa 67 har3 1955     XG572: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA67, ff: 09Sep55; del Royal N+
    wa 68 har3 1955     XG573: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA68, ff: 09Sep55; del Royal N+
    wa 69 har3 1955     XG574: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA69, ff: 15Aug55; del Royal N+
    wa 70 har3 1955     XG575: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA70, ff: 17Aug55; del Royal N+
    wa 71 har3 1955     XG576: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA71, ff: 16Aug55; del Royal N+
Bristow G-AYNP: sold Bristow UK as G-AYNP, unk; conv Ser.3, unk; lsd Co+
    wa 72 har3 1956     XG577: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA72, ff: 28Mar56; del Royal N+
- XG577: Preserved at Loughborough Leicestershire Aviation Museu+

Royal Air Force XG577: to Leconfield dump as 9050M (date ?); scrapped 2001
    wa 73 har3 1956     XG578: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA73, ff: 29Mar56; del Royal N+
    wa 74 har3 1955     XG579: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA74, ff: 10Oct55; del Royal N+
    wa 75 har3 1955     XG580: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA75, ff: 24Oct55; del Royal N+
    wa 76 har3 1955     XG581: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA76, ff: 25Oct55; del Royal N+
    wa 77 har3 1956     XG582: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA77, ff: 16Feb56; del Royal N+
    wa 78 har3 1955     XG583: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA78, ff: 24Feb56; del Royal N+
Bristow G-BAGD: sold UK as G-BAGD, unk; conv Ser.3, unk; to VR-BES, unk+
    wa 79 har3 1956     XG584: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA79, ff: 23Mar56; del Royal N+
    wa 80 har3 1956     XG585: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA80, ff: 26Mar56; del Royal N+
Bristow XG585: Parts recovery - Wrecked
    wa 81 har3 1956     XG586: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA81, ff: 10Oct56; del Royal N+
    wa 82 har3 1956     XG587: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA82, ff: 23Sep56; del Royal N+
Bristow G-AYYI: wfu & xfer Bristow, UK as G-AYYI, unk; conv Whirlwind S+

Bristow Helicopters Nigeria 5N-AIS: xfer Bristow Nigeria as 5N-AIS, unk; scr, unk.
    wa 83 har3 1956     XG588: Westland Whirlwind HAR.3, c/n WA83, ff: 30Sep56; del Royal N+
Bristow G-BAMH: Bristow Helicopters from 1969; Jan/Oct 1973 as Whirlwin+

Bristow Bermuda VR-BEP: Bermuda, ex G-BAMH

- XG588: preserved at East Midlands Aeropark as RAF SAR aircraft
    wa 84 has7 1956     XG589: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA84, ff: 17Oct56; del Royal N+
    wa 85 has7 1956     XG590: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA85, ff: 08Nov56; del Royal N+
    wa 86 has7 1957     XG591: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA86, ff: 31May57; del Royal N+
    wa 87 has7 1957     XG592: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA87, ff: 24Apr57; del Royal N+
    wa 88 has7 1957     XG593: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA88, ff: 24Apr57; del Royal N+
    wa 89 has7 1957     XG594: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA89, ff: 27Apr57; del Royal N+
    wa 90 has7 1957     XG595: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA90, ff: 30Apr57; del Royal N+
    wa 91 has7 1957     XG596: RN type HAS.7 ; 24jul93 pictured preserved at International +
- XG596: at British Rotorcraft Museum (now IHM) 25 Jun 1979

Apr13 at The Helicopter Museum, Weston super Mare
    wa 92 has7 1957     XG597: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA92, ff: 15May57; rejected by+
Westland XG597: Used by Westland as a trials and training airframe unti+

British Aircraft Corporation XG597: Used for SAR by English Electric (later BAC) at Warton.
    wa 57 har3 1954     XJ393: ff: as XD763, 24Sep54; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ393, unk; wfu+
Ministry of Defence (MoD) XJ393: TRE Defford Mar 1956, RRE Pershore Sep 1957

Torbay Aircraft Museum XJ393: at Torbay Aircraft Museum, until c 1982

roadside cafe near Pulborough by 1989, scrapped 1993
    wa 58 har3 1955     XJ394: ff: 15Jul55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ394, 10Oct57; b/u Farnb+
    wa 59 har3 1955     XJ395: ff: 09Jul55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ395, 16Jan56; w/o 30Apr+
    wa 60 har3 1955     XJ396: har.5 ff: 28Aug55, del Royal Navy FAA as XJ394, 11Jun56; conv HAR.+
    wa 61 har3 1955     XJ397: ff: 18Jul55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ397, unk; w/o 29Apr59; +
    wa 62 har3 1955     XJ398: ff: 04May57; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ398, unk.
- G-BDBZ: to G-BDBZ, unk; pres. AeroVenture, Doncaster, UK.
    wa 63 har3 1955     XJ399: ff: 09Aug55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ399, 01Sep55; w/o 16Oct+
    wa 64 har3 1955     XJ400: ff: 10Aug55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ394, 31Aug55; w/o 06Nov+
    wa 65 har3 1955     XJ401: ff: 24Aug55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ401, 13Sep55.
Bristow G-AYTK: wfu & conv Ser.3, Bristow UK as G-AYTK, unk.

to G-AYTK by Feb 1971, to Bermuda as VR-BFG by Oct 1974

Bristow VR-BFG: reg Bermuda as VR-BFG, unk; b/u Redhill, UK, 1978.

- VR-BFG:

Bristow Australia VH-BFG: reg Bristow Australia as VH-BFG, unk.
    wa 66 har3 1955     XJ402: ff: 11Sep55; del Royal Navy FAA as XJ402, 21Sep55; wfu as A2+
    wa 93 har.5 1957     XJ445: Westland Whirlwind HAR.5, c/n WA93, ff: 15Oct57; del Royal N+
    wa153 has7 1957     XK906: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA153, ff: 21May57; del Royal +
    wa154 has7 1957     XK907: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA154, ff: 25May57; del Royal +
Midland Air Museum XK907: Front cabin and engine section in open storage at Midla+
    wa155 has7 1957     XK908: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA155, ff: 03Jun57; del Royal +
    wa156 has7 1957     XK909: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA155, ff: 03Jun57; del Royal +
    wa157 has7 1957     XK910: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA157, ff: 13Jun57; del Royal +
    wa158 has7 1957     XK911: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA158, ff: 14Jun57; del Royal +
    wa159 has7 1957     XK912: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA159, ff: 18Jun57; del Royal +
    wa160 has7 1957     XK933: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA160, ff: 05Jul57; del Royal +
    wa161 has7 1957     XK934: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA161, ff: 14Jul57; del Royal +
    wa162 has7 1957     XK935: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA162, ff: 16Jul57; del Royal +
    wa163 has7 1957     XK936: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA163, ff: 18Jul57; del Royal +
- XK936: transferred to IWM in Oct 1975. Still present 2011.
    wa164 has7 1957     XK937: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA164, ff: 30Jul57; del Royal +
    wa165 has7 1957     XK938: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA165, ff: 14Aug57; del Royal +
    wa166 has7 1957     XK939: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA166, ff: 17Sep57; del Royal +
    wa/h/167 has7 1957     XK940: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA/H/167, ff: 02Sep57; del Roy+
- G-AYXT: del Autair, Luton as G-AYXT, 01Jul72?; pres. Weston-sup+

1980s completely rebuilt by Jim Wilkie and returned to +
    wa168 has7 1957     XK941: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA168, ff: 27Aug57; del Royal +
    wa169 has7 1957     XK942: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA169, ff: 20Sep57; del Royal +
    wa170 has7 1957     XK943: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA170, ff: 24Sep57; del Royal +
    wa171 has7 1957     XK944: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA171, ff: 04Oct57; del Royal +
    wa172 has7 1957     XK945: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA172, ff: 27Sep57; del Royal +
    wa195 has7 1957     XL833: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA195, ff: 15Oct57; del Royal +
    wa196 has7 1957     XL834: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA196, ff: 21Oct57; del Royal +
    wa197 has7 1957     XL835: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA197, ff: 21Oct57; del Royal +
    wa198 has7 1957     XL836: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA198, ff: 27Oct57; del Royal +
    wa199 has7 1957     XL837: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA199, ff: 26Oct57; del Royal +
    wa200 has7 1957     XL838: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA200, ff: 29Oct57; del Royal +
    wa201 has7 1957     XL839: har9 Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA201, f/f: 07Nov57; del Royal+
    wa202 has7 1957     XL840: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA202, ff: 19Nov57; del Royal +
    wa203 has7 1957     XL841: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA203, ff: 22Nov57; del Royal +
    wa204 has7 1957     XL842: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA204, ff: 02Dec57; del Royal +
    wa205 has7 1957     XL843: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA205, ff: 11Dec57; del Royal +
    wa206 has7 1958     XL844: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA206, ff: 12Feb58; del Royal +
    wa207 has7 1958     XL845: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA207, ff: 13Feb58; del Royal +
    wa208 has7 1958     XL846: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA208, ff: 18Feb58; del Royal +
    wa209 has7 1958     XL847: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA209, ff: 12Feb58; del Royal +
    wa210 has7 1958     XL848: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA210, ff: 24Feb58; del Royal +
    wa211 has7 1958     XL849: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA211, ff: 07Mar58; del Royal +
    wa212 has7 1958     XL850: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA212, ff: 21Mar58; del Royal +
    wa213 has7 1958     XL851: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA213, ff: 21Mar58; del Royal +
    wa214 has7 1958     XL852: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA214, ff: 10Apr58; del Royal +
    wa215 has7 1958     XL853: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA215, ff: 17Apr58; del Royal +
    wa216 has7 1958     XL854: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA216, ff: 17Apr58; del Royal +
    wa217 has7 1958     XL867: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA217, ff: 19Apr58; del Royal +
    wa218 has7 1958     XL868: Westland Whirlwind HAS.7, c/n WA218, ff: 21Apr58; del Royal +


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