Built in 1977 at Yeovil, Somerset and intend to be a 2-seat light reconnaissance helicopter powered by either a Plessey Meon turboshaft engine or one/two piston engines. Following on from experience gained during the development of remotely piloted helicopters Westland started investigations in 1977 into a light two seat helicopter that could be used for aerial reconnaissance without the need for a skilled pilot. The two crew sat side-by-side in a circular fuselage giving excellent all round visibility. Having built a mock-up in 1977 to show prospective customers, the project soon faltered due to a lack of interest or funding by the UK Ministry of Defence and in early 1979 the project was formally abandoned. The mock-up was placed in storage before eventually being presented to the Museum for preservation in 1980. It is currently under restoration and reasssembly.
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|Technical data for WG.33
Rotor diameter: 5.0m,
fuselage length: 2.0m,
max take-off weight: 500kg,
max speed: 157km/h,
cruising speed: 130km/h
|curious_dreamer, e-mail, 25.06.2010||reply|
What are the chances this design could be remade into a PAV given the advances in materials,computing,batteries,etc since the late 70s ?
|mike hill, e-mail, 18.07.2010||reply|
This could be manufactured, and because of the small size could be classified as an Ultra Light aircraft.
Do you have any comments ?
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