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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.
Ace Rear Just before a taxi'ing take off from in front of the Fire Section.
RAF Merlin HC-3 helicopter This Merlin HC-3 helicopter I saw when I was at the RAF Brize Norton . Royal Air Force RAF or...
RAF Westland Sea King XZ593 RAF Westland Sea King XZ593 Fairford 2007
RAF Westland Sea King XZ593 Fairford 2007 RAF Westland Sea King XZ593
Royal Navy Westland Seaking Royal Navy Westland Seaking in for the landing at RAF Fairford, July 2007.
Royal Navy Westland Seaking helicopter Royal Navy Westland Seaking, Fairford July 2007.
Royal Danish Navy Lynx Mk90B Westland Lynx Mk908 from the Royal Danish Navy, seen here at RAF Fairford, July 2007. The Westlan...
Westland Wasp Helicopter Fairford 2007 The Westland Wasp was a small first-generation, gas-turbine powered, shipboard anti-submarine helico...
Royal Navy Lynx Helicopter XZ693 A Westland Lynx HAS3S helicopter from the Royal Navy. Seen here at RAF Fairford, July 2007.
Belgium Air component Sea King RS01 The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British license-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicop...
Belgium Air component Sea King RS01 helicopter A dedicated Search and Rescue version (Sea King HAR3) was developed for the Royal Air Force, and the...
Photo of Belgium Air component Sea King RS01 General characteristics * Crew: Two to four, depending on the mission * Length: 54 ft 9 ...

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