3 in stock
3 in stock
Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33412: Westland Sea King HAS.1 XV370 in the colourful livery of the Empire Test Pilots School, Boscombe Down in 1987. This excellent award winning model has optional rotor blade and undercarriage positions, plus opening side door and stand. Mint and boxed limited edition of 2,130 pieces, some of which were subsequently de-certificated. This one is complete with original bi-fold individually numbered certificate.
Length 12.25 inches Rotorspan 10.25 inches
The Westland WS-61 Sea King is a British licence-built version of the American Sikorsky S-61 helicopter of the same name, built by Westland Helicopters. The aircraft differs considerably from the American version, with Rolls-Royce Gnome engines (licence-built General Electric T58s), British-made anti-submarine warfare systems and a fully computerised flight control system. The Sea King was primarily designed for performing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. A Sea King variant was adapted by Westland as troop transport known as the Commando.
In British service, the Westland Sea King provided a wide range of services in both the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy. As well as wartime roles in the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Balkans conflict, the Iraq War, and the Afghanistan War, the Sea King is perhaps most well known in its capacity as a RAF Search and Rescue Force helicopter. The Sea King was also adapted to meet the Royal Navy’s requirement for a ship-based airborne early warning platform.
As of 2012, the WS-61 Sea King remains in operation in Britain, as well as multiple export customers: Germany, Norway, Egypt and India. Some operators have replaced, or are planning to replace, the Sea King with more modern helicopters, such as the NHIndustries NH90 and the AgustaWestland AW101 Merlin.