A collection of pictures of the Lynx 3 prototype on display at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare, UK.
History: The Helicopter Museum
Photos: Tony Wilkins
Westland Lynx 3 ZE477
The Lynx 3 was a private venture prototype built by Westland to demonstrate the potential of a growth variant of the Lynx helicopter and largely used technology already available. The aircraft was manufactured using the major components of Lynx airframes in 1984 at Yeovil, Somerset, as an 11 seat military battlefield helicopter powered by two Rolls Royce Gem 60 turboshaft engines. The Lynx 3 Prototype first flew in 1984 but lack of orders caused the development to be abandoned in 1988. ZE477 was the only Lynx 3 built, it was subsequently used for trials and demonstration work through 1984-85 before its last flight on 10th March 1987. ZE477 then remained in storage until August 1988 when Westland agreed to transfer this interesting one-off prototype to the Helicopter Museum.