A selection of images of a Lynx HMA.8 and Sea King ASaC.7 in the static display during a misty RNAS Culdrose Air Day 2016.
All photographs kindly contributed by Dave Taskis (please take time to visit his blog by clicking here).
Lynx HMA.8 ZF562/404 appears to be having something of an identity crisis. It is wearing Iron Duck nose art of HMS Iron Duke but has HMS Monmouth titles painted on the radar fairing.
Sea King ASaC.7 ZE422/192 of 849 NAS perfectly camouflaged against the misty backdrop in the static display at RNAS Cudrose. The Sea King ASaC.7 – known throughout the Navy as Baggers – are the ‘eyes in the sky’ of the Royal Navy, searching for aerial threats to the Fleet with its powerful radar or suspicious movements on the ground in support of land forces. They are the among the last examples of the ubiquitous Sea King in British service.
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As I said before my long term aim with Defence of the Realm’s YouTube channel is to eventually start producing amateur documentaries. That rather lofty goal took one step closer today as I put together this little video about the Westland Lynx 3 helicopter. It’s not exactly Discovery Channel material just yet but as in all things it begins with baby steps. In the future I hope to start introducing more video footage as well as improve my narrating skills.
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.