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In 1915 the Westland Aircraft Works was founded as a division of Petters Limited in response to government orders for the construction under licence of initially 12 Short Type 184 seaplanes, followed by 20 Short Type 166 aircraft. Orders for other aircraft followed during WW1, including the Sopwith 1½ Strutter, the de Havilland-designed Airco DH.4, Airco DH.9 and Airco DH.9A and the Vickers Vimy. Resulting from the experience gained in manufacturing aircraft under licence, Westland began to design and build its own aircraft, starting with the Westland N.1B in 1917, which was followed in 1918 by the Wagtail and the Weasel. In 1935 Petters split its aircraft manufacturing from its aircraft engine concerns to form Westland Aircraft Limited, based in Yeovil, Somerset. WW2 designs and production included the Whirlwind, the Lysander and the Welkin. For much of WW2 their factories were used to build Supermarine Spitfires, after the Supermarine factory in Southampton was bombed out of action during the Battle of Britain; indeed Westlands built more Spitfires than any other manufacturer. Westland would then go on to be the major designers of the Supermarine Seafire, a navalised conversion of the Spitfire. The Westland Wyvern was a post-war design of carrier-based strike-fighter for the Fleet Air Arm serving up to 1958. Post-war the company decided to get out of fixed-wing aircraft and concentrate solely on helicopters under a licensing agreement with Sikorsky. Production started with the Sikorsky S-51, which became the Dragonfly, flying for the first time in 1948, and entering service with the Royal Navy and RAF in 1953. Westland developed an improved version the Widgeon which was not a great success. Success with the Dragonfly was repeated with the Sikorsky S-55 which became the Whirlwind, and a re-engined Sikorsky S-58 in both turboshaft and turbine engine powered designs as the Wessex. The helicopter divisions of Bristol, Fairey and Saunders-Roe (with their hovercraft) were merged with Westland to form Westland Helicopters in 1961.
Sea King demo RAF Sea King, Search and Rescue demonstration Rescue 123 from 22 squadron based at RAF Valley. P...
Rescue 123 RAF Sea King Search and Rescue demonstration. Callsign Rescue 123 from 22 squadron based at RAF Vall...
Westland Dragonfly HR3 - G-AJOV The Westland Dragonfly HR3 on display at RAF Cosford. These British Built Sikorski S51 saw service w...
Aircraft at RAF Cosford Its a helicopter, but what type and when it flew I have no idea and cannot find any information on. ...
Westland Lysander III - V9673 'MAJ' Another aircraft on display in July 2012 at IWM Duxford was this Westland Lysander III (V9673 'MAJ')...
Sea King Mk 7 26/7/2012. In the sky over Dawlish - Devon - UK The Sea King Mk7 Airborne Surveillance and Contro...
Westland WG-13 Super Lynx Mk.90B S-134 Danish Navy helicopter photographed at the Aalborg Air Show on 10 June 2012. C/n 425. Although initi...
Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 XK936/62 Shown from the underside is this Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 in Royal Navy colours. The aircraft is see...
Photo of Lynx helicopter Royal Navy Lynx HMA8 from the Black Cats Display team Photographed at Southport Airshow 2012
Black Cats Team Royal Navy Black Cats Team. Westland Lynx HMA8 on the left and Lynx HAS3 on the right Photographe...
Royal Navy Black Cats Team Royal Navy Black Cats Team. Showing the 2 variants of the Westland Lynx operated by the Royal Navy. ...
Helicopter display a Southport Royal Navy Black Cats display team. Showing the 2 variants of the Westland Lynx operated by the Roya...

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