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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Westland Wasp

SA Navy Westland Wasps
Looking over yesterday's post about Bouvet Island, I realized that since the Oryx helicopter hadn't been invented yet, it couldn't have made the landing. A little more reading reveals that they probably were using Westland Wasps, and that's when I found this very cool picture. South Africa bought a few, but then the anti-apartheid embargo kicked in and that was the end of that.

Westland's Scout and Wasp helicopters differ only in their landing gear. The Scout is intended for land based operations and has skids, the Wasp has 4 wheel landing gear for use aboard ships. Via Flugzeug.

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