Westland Wessex HU-5
THE FLEET AIR ARM 100th ANNIVERSARY
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A detailed DIE-CAST model for the adult collector
The Westland Wessex is a British turbine-powered version of the Sikorsky S-58 developed under license by Westland Aircraft (later Westland Helicopters), initially for the Royal Navy, and later for the Royal Air Force. The Wessex was built at Westland's factory in Yeovil in Somerset. The Wessex HU (Helicopter Utility) Mk.5 was a Commando Assault version for the Royal Navy, which could deploy 16 Royal Marines Commandos and equipment from ship to shore in a tactical assault. There were 101 of this variant built, serving on the carriers HMS Albion and Bulwark. Delivered to Nos.845 and 848 Sqns in the early 1960s, the type gave stalwart reliable service until officially withdrawn in 1986.
Royal Navy - 845 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm HMS Bulwark 1969.
- rotor diameter: 237mm