• Short Summary

    The Wessex helicopter is the first twin-engined, single rotor helicopter to enter service with the Royal Air Force.

  • Description

    The Wessex helicopter is the first twin-engined, single rotor helicopter to enter service with the Royal Air Force. For a helicopter, it has a long range - over 300 miles at 115 m.p.h. - although it is equally useful as a short-distance "shuttle" aircraft for ferrying troops or supplies into forward operational areas. It was used most successfully in this role during the operations against dissident tribesmen in the Radfan Mountains of South Arabia. The aircraft can carry up to 16 troops, or for aeromedical duties it can be equipped with 8 stretchers. It can also transport freight, either internally, or in the case of heavy weapons such as 105 m.m. Howitzers, as underslung loads, externally. If either of its two Gnome shaft-turbine engines should fail, the Wessex can fly satisfactory on the other.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4XGOB47CH1FHZFDH6W0484M93
    Media URN:
    VLVA4XGOB47CH1FHZFDH6W0484M93
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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