Corgi Westland Whirlwind HAR Mk 10 Search and Rescue 22 Sqdn, RAF Finningley 1/72 scale Diecast metal and plastic parts. AA39101
The arrival of the Whirlwind Mk 10 with 22 Sqn in 1962 saw a significant increase in the capability of SAR Helicopters. With up to a 30% increase in fuel/pay load over the earlier piston engined Whirlwinds, this increased the range and could respond to a wider range of tasks. The Whirlwind was unable to carry out night rescues because it lacked appropriate equipment. In practice most of the night operations requested were in fact carried out.
XJ729 served with 22 Sqn from 1962 until it was withdrawn from service in 1981. It was later sold into private ownership, re-registered as G-BVGE and restored in its former SAR colours. Based in Ireland it is currently the only Whirlwind still flying.
This limited edition model from Corgi is part of the highly collectable Aviation Archive range of die-cast model aircraft. Scales include 1:48, 1:72 and 1:144 and features aeroplanes from World War I, World War II and the modern era. Most models in the Aviation Archive range are limited editions.
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