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Westland Widgeon (helicopter)

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The Westland Widgeon helicopter was a private venture by Westland Aircraft as an improvement on the Westland WS-51 Dragonfly.

Design and development

Westland Aircraft decided to make a private venture improvement on the Westland WS-51 Dragonfly, which was a licensed Sikorsky design, helicopter by increasing the cabin capacity and replacing the Dragonfly's rotor head, blades and gearbox with the units used in the Westland Whirlwind. Three Dragonfly Series 1As were converted to WS-51 Series 2 Widgeons, and the first one flew on 23 August 1955.

There was a plan to take up to 24 existing Fleet Air Arm Dragonflies to Dragonfly HC.7 standard (as the Naval Widgeon was to become) but this was abandoned and it contributed to the decision to stop progress.Template:Clarifyme

Operational history

The Widgeon was a technical triumph. Widgeons flew in many parts of the world, but it never achieved commercial success.


Military operators

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Civilian operators

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Specifications (Widgeon)

Data from Westland Aircraft since 1915 [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 4 passengers
  • Length: 41 ft 10 in (12.75 m)
  • Rotor diameter: 49 ft 2 in (14.99 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 4 in (4.07 m)
  • Disc area: 1,898 ft² (176.4 m²)
  • Empty weight: 4,322 lb (1,969 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 5,900 lb (2,682 kg)
  • Powerplant:Alvis Leonides 521/2 nine-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 520 hp (388 kW)


See also

Related development


  1. James 1991, p.320.
  • James, Derek N. Westland Aircraft since 1915. London:Putnam Aeronautical Books, 1991. ISBN 0 85177 847 X.

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