Westland Wessex HU5 XT761
Westland Wessex Mks 1, 3 and 5 turbine-engine helicopters, built by Westland Helicopters in Yeovil, were the workhorses of the RN Rotary Wing fleets (Anti-Submarine, Commando Support and SAR) throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Navy Wings assisted the release of retired Wessex HU Mk5 XT761 (an SAR variant) and XT771 (Commando Support) from the Royal Navy in 2017, on the basis that they would be used for Heritage Purposes, supporting our Navy Wings objectives. We are delighted that the aircraft are part of the Navy Wings associate aircraft collection and that XT761 has been restored to flight by our friend Andrew Whitehouse and his Historic Helicopters team. XT761 last flew in RN service on the 6th November 1986. In 2019, as G-WSEX, she made a triumphant return to the skies, and had the honour of opening the Royal Navy International Air Day accompanied by our two associate Wasp aircraft.
XT761 is the only flying Westland Wessex MK 5 in the world. Find out more here
CREW – 2
Speed – 132 mph
Range – 310 miles
Ceiling – 12,000 ft