For the first time, the Queen's Flight of personal aircraft, UK, has its own helicopters.?
For the first time, the Queen's Flight of personal aircraft, UK, has its own helicopters. At Yeovil, Somerset, UK, two Westland Whirlwind helicopters were formerly handed over by Mr. E.C. Wheeldon to the Flight's Commending Officer, Wing Commander Wekeford, Nov. 5.
Hitherto, helicopters used for Royal engagements have been loaned by the Navy or Air Force. These two will be used in future.
Silver, blue and red, the helicopters seat four to seven people and are powered by the latest Alvis Leonides Major engines. Each is fitted with the Decca Navigator - a continuous, pictorial information aid - and stowed aboard are inflatable dinghies and emergency rockets.
The cabin floors are covered with dark gray Wilton carpet, the seats are covered with dark green corded cloth and sound-proofing is effected by a double thickness of fibre-glass on the fuselage. Certainly helicopters fit for a Queen.