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Royal Air Force Westland Whirlwind HAR10 search and rescue and HC10 tactical transport helicopters
In the 1960's the Westland Whirlwind HAR10 and HC10 helicopters formed the backbone of the RAF search and Rescue and tactical transport helicopter force. The Westland Whirlwind offered improved performance and reliability over the piston engined helicopters it replaced. It had a new turboshaft engine which was lighter and gave more performance. In 1961 some of the old Whirlwind HAR2 and HAR2 piston engined helicopters were re-engined with the new turboshaft engine but sixty eight new air sea rescue HAR-10 and troop transport HC-10s were produced.No.225 Squadron RAF transport command were the first unit to deploy Westland Whirlwind HAR10s. Westland Whirlwind helicopters were used by the RAF in the Far east, the Mediterranean and Europe. The design was so successful that these jet engined Westland Whirlwinds were in service for 21 years.
Helicopters - Military Airforce Aircraft Airshow
There are many International Air Tattoos and air shows like the one at Fairford Air Base, Duxford, Farnborough, Biggin Hill, Cosford, Eastbourne AirShow, Abingdon UK air show, Boscombe Down UK air shows, Greenham Common, Mildenhall air fete where you can have fun with all the family looking at static aviation displays as well as the acrobatics in the air. You can see many of these planes, Supermarine spitfire, tornado, battle of Britain fighters, warbirds, vulcan,, Lancaster, lightning, mosquito, Eurofighter, VC10, DC10 Shackleton, jaguar, typhoon, sabre, super sabre, delta dart, talon, phantom, falcon, thunderbirds, eagle. Learjet, lockheed, Douglas, McDonnell Douglas F-15A Eagle, McDonnell Douglas AV-8B Harrier II USMC, Vought F4U-5NL Nite-Corsair, McDonnell Douglas A-4F Skyhawk USMC, Lockheed HC-130H Hercules, Lockheed P-38J Lightning, Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. North American P-51D Mustang, Republic P-47B/D Thunderbolt Razorback, Bell P-39D Airacobra , Northrop P-61B Black widow, Martin B-26B/C Marauder, North American B-25B/C Mitchell, B-24J Liberator, Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Zero, Hawker Hurricane, Junkers Ju 52, Messerschmitt Me 110C, Messerschmitt Bf 109E, Focke Wulf Fw 190A, Panavia Tornado RAF, Grumman A-6A Intruder, Grumman F-14A Tomcat, Douglas F-18A Hornet USN, Lockheed S-3B Viking, Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, Lockheed C-130H Hercules, Lockheed C-5A/B Galaxy to name but a few
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