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In 1935 Petters Limited split its aircraft manufacturing from its aircraft engine concerns to form Westland Aircraft Limited, based in Yeovil, Somerset. During World War II their factories were used to build Supermarine Spitfires. Post-war the company moved out of fixed-wing aircraft and concentrate solely on helicopters under a licensing agreement with Sikorsky. Production started with the Sikorsky S-51, which became the Dragonfly and entered service with the Royal Navy and RAF in 1953. The company has gone through a number of mergers with several other British firms to create Westland Helicopters in 1961. Now part of Finmeccanica it survives in name as Leonardo Helicopters and is producing some of the most advanced helicopters operated by the military worldwide.

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Westland WS-51 Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719 Westland WS-51 Dragonfly HR Mk.5

The Dragonfly HR Mk.5, WG719 started life as a HR Mk.3 and was the 50th Dragonfly to be built and first flew from Yeovil on 19th September 1952 and delivered to No.705 Squadron Fleet Air Arm. Later it was converted by Westland to HR Mk.5 standard, before joining No.776 Squadron in 1959.
In 1989 went on display with the Helicopter Museum. 
Westland WS-51A Widgeon Series 2, G-AOZE

Westland WS-51A Widgeon Series 2

The developed by Westland from the license-built S-51or Dragonfly. Built in 1957 at Yeovil, G-AOZE was the fifth Widgeon built and first flew in July 1957 and was sold to Bristow Helicopters. In 1986 the aircraft came up for disposal and joined the Museum collection. In 1995 long term restoration of the aircraft began and the aircraft has now been moved back to the exhibition hanger.

Westland Scout AH Mk.1, XP165 Westland Scout AH Mk.1

Designed originally by Saunders-Roe at Cowes, Isle of Wight, the museum aircraft is regarded as the first true Scout prototype. Built in 1960 at Eastleigh, Hampshire and first flew in August 1960. Delivered to the ETPS at RAE Farnborough in 1964 and in 1983 transferred to the museum and extensively restored by the museum into it’s ETPS colours. 
Westland Wasp HAS Mk.1, XT443

Westland Wasp HAS Mk.1

The 60th example to be built for the Royal Navy in 1966 it first flew at Yeovil on 29th March 1966 and was delivered to RNAY Fleetlands and later to No.829 Squadron, Portland, Dorset. Declared redundant in 1993 and later donated to the museum and delivered in January 1995. This aircraft under went aa major 5 years restoration by the museum volunteers.

Westland Lynx 3, ZE477 Westland Lynx 3

The Lynx 3 was a private venture built by Westland to demonstrate the potential of a growth variant of the Lynx helicopter and largely used technology already available. The Lynx 3 Prototype first flew in 1984 but lack of orders caused the development to be abandoned in 1988 and was the only Lynx 3 built. In August 1988 when Westland transferred this one-off to the Museum.

Westland WS-55 Whirlwind Series 3, G-AODA Westland WS-55 Whirlwind Series 3

Built in 1955 as the 17th production Series 1 Whirlwind it first flew in August 1955. It was converted in 1965 to Series 3 configuration and first flew as such in July 1965. In August 1993 Bristow Helicopters donated it to The Helicopter Museum. 

Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HCC Mk.12, XR486 Westland WS-55 Whirlwind HCC Mk.12

The Mk.12 was the first production example built in 1964 and one of only two VVIP aircraft built for the Queens Flight. the interior was fitted with special soundproofing, luxury fittings, chrome trim and a high gloss exterior finish. During it's operational duty the museums example was piloted by HRH Prince Phillip and The Prince of Wales. It Joined the museum collection in June 2000.

Westland Wessex 60, G-AVNE Westland Wessex 60

The Wessex Series 60 was a civil variant of the military Mk.5, it first flew in July 1965. A total of 16 aircraft were built, all for Bristow Helicopters. G-AVNE, was the 7th Series 60 and the first long range version, initially flown in May 1967. In 1987 the aircraft was purchased by the museum.

Westland Wessex HCC Mk.4, XV733 Westland Wessex HCC Mk.4

The Wessex HCC Mk.4 was identical to the HC Mk.2, but with special furnishings and equipment, operated by the RAF. A total of 2 aircraft were built, and operated by the Queens Flight based at RAF Benson. The helicopter, XV733, was used by all the senior members of the Royal Family, including the Queen and Princess Diana, and served with the Royal Flight until 1998. In 2001 the aircraft was purchased by the museum, with the assistance  from The National Heritage Lottery Fund.

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