Westland Wyvern

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  1. Geedee

    Geedee Well-Known Member

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    This 'little' beauty resides in the Fleet Air arm Museum at Yeovilton and is a TF1 version.

    Designed as torpedo / strike fighter, she weighed in at just short of 22000lbs and could motor along at a shade over 450mph using an RR Eagle that unleashed 2700 hp ...later versions had the 3500 hp Eagle !!.

    The Wyvern was also powered with a Python turbo-prop and still retrained the huge contra-rotating prop setup. She was fitted with an ejection seat and saw active service in the Suez crisis.

    Its a pity there arent any airworthy now.
     

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  2. Gnomey

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    Excellent pics Gary. She would be quite something to see in the air, it is a shame as you say that there are none airworthy today.
     
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    Well I'll be damned. I thought she was a turboprop only. Never realized they stuffed a piston engine in that wonderful nose. I love that bird.
     
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    Thanks much for the photos!....

    What a refined looking bird! it looks like a supermodified custom plane that was built for airshows .

    beautiful... I'd like to see it go back into production for drug interdiction.

    reminds me of a TA-152

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    had a italeri (i think) model kit of a wyvern in my hands this afternoon but sadly not the cash in my pocket !!!!
     
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    nice pics, Gary. Thanks for posting them.
     
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    Beaut shots Gary :thumbleft: Thanks for sharing mate

    What a thing to fly
     
  8. Airframes

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    Nice pics Gary. Always wondered what the Eagle engine looked like, only ever seen pics of the turbo-prop version of the Wyvern. Bit of a beastie, don't you think?!!
     
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