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  • TonyT
    Rank 5 Registered User

    There be a Walter back in the Air

    Well done all involved, Navy Wessex issued with its permit to fly.

    https://twitter.com/NavyWessex
  • Sabrejet
    Rank 5 Registered User

    #2
    Where/when/what? No Twitter here in outer space.

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    • Lee Howard
      Roundel checker

      #3
      Actually, you're a bit premature. They've only issued the Permit to Fly; it hasn't actually flown yet.
      The views I express are PURELY my own. Please respect that.

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      • smirky
        Rank 5 Registered User

        #4
        Interesting, I thought that several complete aircraft had become unsaleable after Westlands declined to continue DA suppport some years ago?

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        • dhfan
          Still cantankerous

          #5
          What I know about helicopters could be written on the back of a postage stamp in huge letters, but I'd always understood that the Wessex (and Whirlwind?) couldn't be certified for civilian use.
          I must have read it, or something that suggested it, somewhere but I haven't a clue where.

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          • Sabrejet
            Rank 5 Registered User

            #6
            Does anyone have any info on this? Which aircraft, where etc?

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            • myford
              Rank 5 Registered User

              #7
              "What I know about helicopters could be written on the back of a postage stamp in huge letters, but I'd always understood that the Wessex (and Whirlwind?) couldn't be certified for civilian use.
              I must have read it, or something that suggested it, somewhere but I haven't a clue where."

              i can recall a private restored whirlwind at Biggin several decades ago now.
              Terry

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              • Tin Triangle
                Bright Young Thing

                #8
                For the sake of Sabrejet, this is Westland Wessex HU.5 XT761, which is one of two aircraft owned by Andrew Whitehouse somewhere near Crewkerne, Somerset, under the project name "Navy Wessex". I believe the same guy owns the Whirlwind HAR.10 XJ729 which has been rattling around the airshow circuit for a couple of years now. Navy Wessex is affiliated with Navy Wings, the umbrella organisation which has taken on the old RNHF aircraft. Quite exciting for me as I'm too young to have seen a Wessex fly in service!

                https://www.navywings.org.uk/aircraf...raft/wessex-5/
                Armchair enthusiast, but also a fan of sofas and recliners.

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                • Historic Heli
                  Rank 2 Registered User

                  #9
                  Tin Triangle is correct, we have 1 x Whirlwind, 2 x Wessex and 2 x Sea King! The long term plan is to have a Wessex (RN SAR) and a Sea King (RAF SAR) airworthy to accompany the world's only airworthy Westland Whirlwind.

                  Why not come for a look around, food, drink and a very interesting talk on Wednesday 21 November (postponed from 15 Nov)? See below for details:

                  https://forum.keypublishing.com/foru...-november-2018

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                  • TonyT
                    Rank 5 Registered User

                    #10
                    And that's what it's all about Tin Triangle, just as the Vulcan was, bringing our Aviation Heritage back to life for current and future generation to enjoy.

                    Well done Historic Heli from an ex RAF Wessex engineer who has worked on, flown in and had a several goes at flying the mighty Wessex during my service career..
                    hats off to you all for bringing this to fruition. I enjoyed your Whirlwind demo a couple of years back at Cosford.

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                    • Sabrejet
                      Rank 5 Registered User

                      #11
                      Nice one: also a Wessex bod and great to see this happening. Will try to make it for the 21st too!

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                      • Historic Heli
                        Rank 2 Registered User

                        #12
                        Thanks TonyT and Sabrejet,

                        Please be aware that, for catering purposes, tickets for the Talk and Open Evening must be booked and paid for in advance. For booking, payment and further details please contact Mark at the e-mail address below.


                        Additionally - We are currently in the process of establishing a Visitor Centre and small museum to complement this astonishing collection of Historic Helicopters. The primary focus of the displays will be to chart the history of Royal Navy & Royal Air Force Search and Rescue and the history of the Commando Brigade Air Squadron, the Commando Helicopter Force and the Junglie Helicopters.

                        We would be most grateful to receive donations of artefacts, photographs, models, documents, badges, flying clothing, uniforms and equipment related to Royal Navy/Royal Air Force SAR and Commando Aviation. Thank you for your support!

                        Please contact: mark@historichelicopters.com

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