Aircraft Data Sheet: Widgeon (1955)
|First flight:||23rd August 1955|
|Rotor diameter:||14.99m/49ft 2ins|
|Power:||One 520shp/388kW Alvis Leonides 521/1|
|Accommodation:||Pilot plus four|
This represented Westland's first excursion into helicopter design, involving major re-design of the WS-51, including an entirely new cabin, metal rotor blades and re-engine. A new flying control system was incorporated, and the centre of gravity range was improved by fitting a rotor head based on that of the Whirlwind, to produce a five-seat general-purpose helicopter for the civil market. The first three aircraft were conversions, followed by a number of new build machines.