Wessex – the beginning of a legend

The Royal Navy operated numerous versions of the Wessex and ‘The Aeroplane and Astronautics’ was there to cover the helicopter’s early days with the Fleet Air Arm with this report from the October 5, 1961 issue 

The Westland Wessex, a development of the Sikorsky S-58, performed a range of roles and the Royal Navy didn’t retire the type until 1988. While in terms of the UK the RAF kept the Wessex in service for even longer, with the final examples not being replaced until 2003.

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