Wessex Helicopter

The Westland Wessex was a British version of the Sikorsky S-58 "Choctaw", developed under license by Westlands. Supplied to both the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) and Royal Air Force (RAF) from 1961 onwards.

Airborne Forces made use of the Wessex from operations in the Middle and Far East, through to Northern Ireland and the Falklands. Capable of multiple roles such as troop carrying, ground support, supply missions and ambulance the Wessex proved a robust and reliable design.

Withdrawn from service in the 1990s, support to Airborne forces is now largely undertaken by the Chinook helicopter.

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