Keep the Buzz in the Air with Wasp XT787

by David Pinhorne in Fareham, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 5th May 2021 we successfully raised £3,096 with 91 supporters in 56 days

We are seeking your support to keep the Westland Wasp Historic Flight flying and to promote the heritage of Westland light helicopters.

by David Pinhorne in Fareham, England, United Kingdom

Introduction.

Do you have an interest in Historic Aircraft and the world of Aviation? If so, please help us keep the Westland Wasp Historic Flight airborne.

Why?

Static aircraft in museum collections are wonderful to look at but nothing can quite match the thrill of hearing, smelling and seeing them fly. By keeping vintage helicopters in the air and publicly accessible at airshows and other events, we hope to preserve the knowledge and experiences of those who flew and maintained them for future generations. We hope to inspire young people to take an interest in aeronautical science, technology and engineering. Without your support, historic helicopters of huge national importance could be lost to the general public forever. 

Help Keep This.

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(Grass Cutting Rain ©Steve Cole)

Who we are?

Westland Light Helicopters Heritage Group Ltd was founded in 2020 by a small group of volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds. All however share an enthusiasm for the aviation heritage of the UK. We aim to promote and support the continued air worthiness, heritage and history of light helicopters built by Westland Helicopters.

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(Photo ©Ian Prescott) 

Where Are We Going?

The primary aim of the group is to support the Westland Wasp Historic Flight and to secure the long-term future of Wasp XT787 at public events and air shows for years to come. In 2021, the Civil Aviation Register lists only 4 air-worthy Wasps in the UK making them much rarer than the famous Spitfire. Furthermore, these are the only Westland Wasps flying anywhere in the world at this time.

The Wasp was developed during the Cold War to meet the need for an anti-submarine helicopter small enough to land on the decks of frigates. Wasp XT787 first flew in January 1967 and was assigned to the frigates HMS Leander and HMS Rhyl (with 829 Sqn) and latterly 703 Sqn at Portland. In 1981, XT787 transferred to the Royal New Zealand Air Force for service with the Royal New Zealand Navy until 1997 before returning to the Northern Hemisphere in 2002.

To keep Wasp XT787 airworthy and publicly accessible at air shows and other events costs approximately £30k per season. We are keen to support her in this endeavour by raising funds to cover some of the maintenance and a set of waterproof aircraft covers to minimise weather damage in our wet and windy climate. 

Help us to keep the ‘buzz’ of the Wasp in the air where it belongs!

Project Header Photo - ©KSAviation

Project Header Video Yeovilton 2016 - ©Ian Stewart

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