Positively bristling: Westland Whirlwind P6984 of No 263 Sqn shows off its four nose-mounted 20mm cannon. The standard de Havilland 54409 propeller blades fitted to production Whirlwinds are seen here on P6984 of No 263 Sqn. The D.H. props were considerably thicker than those used on L6845; a fact which significantly affected the type’s performance.
INSPIRED BY Peter Davison’s regular Off The Beaten Track features in TAH, Tunbridge Wells-based subscriber Richard Waller sent in this poor but rare image - possibly the last photographically-recorded sighting of the two Westland Westminster helicopter prototypes (the tail of the second is just behind the nose of G-APLE), stored at Westland’s Yeovilton works prior to scrapping. Richard says, “The photo was taken on May 3, 1963, on my very poor camera and the location would now be just past the guard entrance to RNAS Yeovilton. There may be other photos of this, but if not, anyone studying the helicopter might be interested in seeing this last shot”.