Westland Sea King HU5 – 771 NAS, 100 Years of Naval Aviation 2009
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33416: Westland Sea King HU5 XV648 looking fantastic in the joint “100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation” and “40th Anniversary of RN Sea King” markings of 771 Naval Air Squadron Royal Navy based at Culdrose in 2009. Limited Edition of 1,700 pieces.
Length 12.25 inches Rotorspan 10.25 inches
In 2009, this Sea King was painted in its original blue colour to mark both the 100th year of naval aviation and the 40th anniversary of the Sea King entering naval service. Since delivery of the first aircraft in 1969, the Sea King has been at the forefront of UK military service, and 96 examples continue to be operated by both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. When Sea Kings first entered naval service they were all painted dark blue, and remained so until the late 80s, when following the Falklands War, they were repainted grey. Assigned to No. 771 Naval Air Sqn at RNAS Culdrose, and now flown as a Mark HU.5, XV648 first entered service in October 1969 as a HAS.Mk.1 and is the second oldest Sea King still in RN use.
This award winning model has superb detailing, including authentic markings, opening side door, optional undercarriage and in-flight or static rotors. Limited edition of only 1,700. Get one while you can!
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 2014, 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.