Westland Wasp & Scout at the Helicopter Museum

History: The Helicopter Museum
Photos: Tony Wilkins

Westland Wasp HAS Mk.1, XT443, C/n. F.9613.

The 60th example to be built for the Royal Navy in 1966 as a ship based anti-submarine warfare helicopter powered by a Bristol Siddley Nimbus Mk.503 turboshaft engine. It first flew at Yeovil on 29th March 1966 and was delivered to RNAY Fleetlands, and later to No.829 Squadron, Portland, Dorset. In 1979 it went to RNAY Wroughton, for storage and then a overhaul, which was completed 1981 and delivered to No.829 Squadron as HMS Aurora ships flight. Declared redundant in 1993 it was transferred to Westland’s for storage and later donated to the Helicopter Museum, with delivery taking place in January 1995. This aircraft was returned to the main collection in November 2002 after under going a major 5 years restoration by the museum volunteers.

Westland Scout AH Mk.1, XP165, C/n. S2/8437.

Designed originally by Saunders-Roe at Cowes, Isle of Wight, the museum aircraft is generally regarded as the first true Scout prototype. Built in 1960 at Eastleigh, Hampshire as a 5 seat utility and armed attack helicopter powdered by a Blackburn Nimbus Mk.101 turboshaft engine. First flown in August 1960, XP165 was initially allocated for manufacturer trials and in 1963 it was delivered to Yeovil and remained there as a trial installation aircraft until 1964 when it was returned to White Waltham for refurbishing and delivery to the ETPS at RAE Farnborough in 1964. In 1983 XP165 was transferred to the museum collection, and after extensive restoration work by the museum is now fully restored into it’s ETPS colours.