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THE AIRFORCE - AIRCRAFT - WASP HAS MK 1
 
 

Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 710 shp RR-Bristol Nimbus 503 turboshaft
Speed: 193 kph, 120mph mph
Range: 488km, 303miles
Seats: 2+3
Length: 9.24m, 30ft 4in
Span: 9.83m, 3ft 3in
Empty Weight: 1 566kg, 3,542lb
Max T/O Weight: 2 495kg, 5,500lb
Period of Service: 1963 - 1990

Weapons:
250 Pound Depthcharge, Mk 44 Torpedo

Squadrons:
None specified

Attrition:
6 incidents recorded

Wasp HAS Mk 1

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: Westland
Country of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Role: Anti-Submarine Warfare
 
Description:

The Westland Wasp was developed specifically for naval ship based operations and entered service with the Briyish Royal Navy in 1964. The Wasp could be used for anti-submarine warfare carrying either a torpedo or depth-charges.

The Wasp was South Africa's first naval helicopter and entered service in 1963 and was retired by 1990 after 27 years of service.


Images:

Wasp 92 at AFB Ysterplaat in 1989. Wasp 92 at AFB Ysterplaat in 1989. Wasp 93 at AFB Ysterplaat in 1991. Wasp 93 at AFB Ysterplaat in 1991.