The Westland Whirlwind

The Whirlwind prototype, L6844, flew for the first time on October 11, 1938. BOTH KEY

Many people regard the Westland Whirlwind as a complete failure. Due to the low numbers built (only 114, including prototypes), it is often forgotten by historians. Complicating matters is the fact that Westland reused the name Whirlwind when they licencebuilt the very successful Sikorsky S-55 helicopter in the 1950s and ’60s. The fame of this much longer-lived Whirlwind has only diminished the perceived status of the original machine.

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