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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.
Westland Wasp XS527 Photographed on 12 September 2005 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum at RNAS Yeovilton. First production W...
Westland Wessex HU Mk. 5 XT480 Photographed at the East Midlands Aeropark on 24 December 2006. This aircraft is famous as it was u...
Helicopters at Fairford Several military helicopters seen at Fairford 2005. Photo courtesy of Kenny Wharton
Army XX447 UK Army Westland Gazelle AH1 helicopter, XX447, seen at Fairford 2005. Photo courtesy of Kenny ...
helicopters flying past at Fairford Several helicopters seen at Fairford. Two id's I think I can make out: Army A736 and Army XY378. ...
UK Army Air Corps XT131 Photo of the UK Army Air Corps Westland / Agusta Sioux AH1 XT131. Seen at Fairford 2005. A histor...
Army Air Corps XT131 Photo of the UK Army Air Corps Westland / Agusta Sioux AH1 XT131 at Fairford, see picture #11618 als...
Another helicopter at Fairford Another helicopter in flight at Fairford. I think this is the Army XR379, a UK Army Air Corps Sud Al...
Westland Sea King Westland Sea King HU5SAR, XV705 (cn 23) On a training flight over home ground at Prestwick. Taken o...
Westland WS-55-2 Whirlwind HAS.7 XK936 "62" photographed on 15 March 2011 in the AirSpace hangar at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. C/n ...
Westland Wessex HC Mk.2 XV728 "Argonaut" Photographed at Newark Air Museum on 17 March 2011. Built in 1968, first flight 30 April. Served in...
Westland Sea King HAS.6, XV712 Photographed in Hangar 3 at the IWM, Duxford. C/n. WA683, in ex 814 NAS Tiger colour scheme. Delive...

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