Westland Wessex HU5 XT480 847 NAS Coded X-Q Bluffcove (Falklands 30th Anniversary)
Product Code: AA37608
The Westland Wessex entered RAF service in the early 1960s as an anti-submarine warfare helicopter. Being tough and reliable it proved to be a very effective transport helicopter, serving across the armed forces. The Wessex’s combat swansong was during the Falklands Campaign and then continued to serve in the Search and Rescue.
Wessex XT480’s involvement with ‘Operation Corporate’ was significant and was one of only a handful of Wessex to be operating over the Falklands during the campaign. It arrived at Port San Carlos on the islands on the 1st June 1982. Later moving to a Forward Operating Base at Fitzroy from where it was the only Wessex HU5 to be involved with the rescuing of survivors from the RFAs Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram. The well-known Falklands War soldier, Simon Weston OBE, is among those that were rescued by this flight.
Later damaged by mortar fire, XT480 returned to the United Kingdom at the end of the Falklands Campaign and spent time as a gate guard.
- Rotatable Propeller
- Fixed Undercarriage
- Sliding Door
- Stationary Drooping Rotor Blades
- Scale: 1:72
- Rotorspan: 237mm
- Era: Modern Military
- Age Suitability: 14+
A detailed die-cast scale model for the adult collector. Not suitable for children under 14 years.