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Westland Whirlwind HAR10 Military Helicopter

The Westland Whirlwind first flew in November 1952 and was a licence built version of the Sikorsky S-55s with it's engine upgraded to the more powerful Alvis Leonides Major twin row radial piston engine, from 1958 a Gnome turbo-shaft engine was fitted further increasing performance.

Westland Whirlwinds remained in service with the RAF until eventually replaced with the Westland Wessex. The HAR 10 was the military rescue version of the Westland Whirlwind.

Westland Whirlwind HAR10 Military Helicopter


Westland Whirlwind HAR 10 Specifications:

  • Accommodation: Pilot and up to eight passengers
  • Length: 41 ft 8 in (12.72 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 53 ft 0 in (16.15 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 7 in (4.76 m)
  • Empty weight: 5,993 lb (2,724 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 7,800 lb (3,538 kg)
  • Engine: Single 1,050 hp Bristol Siddeley Gnome H 1000
  • Cruse speed: 105 mph
  • Service ceiling: 16,600 ft
  • Maximum weight 7,784 lb

Royal Air Force Whirlwind Helicopter

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Royal Air Force Whirlwind Helicopter

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