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37601 Corgi   Wessex HAR2 - C Flight, No.22 Sqn. RAF Valley 1989 £
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  Westland Wessex HAR2 of `C' Flight, 22 Sqn. RAF Valley, Isle of Anglesey, 1989. Captured superbly by this fantastic Corgi model, which looks superb in Air Sea Rescue all yellow livery. Complete with in flight or static sets of rotors, opening side door and stand. Limited edition of only 3100 pieces. Now a hard to find model.

Length 11 inches Rotor Span 9.25 inches

Originally formed in September 1915, 22 Squadron has operated a wide range of aircraft types in various parts of the world, serving with distinction in both World Wars. 22 Squadron was disbanded following the Japanese surrender in 1945 and re-formed as a short-range SAR Squadron in 1955. C Flight took residence at Valley in 1956 flying the Westland Whirlwind. The Whirlwind remained the mainstay of the SAR force for the next 20 years until the introduction of the more powerful twin-engine Wessex in 1976. Wessex aircraft were used by the Squadron until finally replaced by the Sea King in 1997. Since C Flight was formed at Valley they accomplished well over 6,000 rescue missions before disbanding in 2015.

The Westland Wessex is a British turbine-powered version of the Sikorsky S-58 "Choctaw", developed under license by Westland Aircraft (later Westland Helicopters), initially for the Royal Navy, and later for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Wessex was built at Westland's factory at Yeovil in Somerset.

The Wessex was first used by the RN, the RAF first used the helicopter in 1962, and did not finally retire until January 2003, being the main transport helicopter until the introduction of the Aérospatiale Puma. The bright yellow RAF machines used for air-sea or mountain rescue duties became especially famous and saved many lives.

The Navy pressed the development of the HAS.1 into the improved HAS3, coming into service in 1967. It saw embarked service on the County class destroyers. The HAS3 could be identified by a dorsal radome and strake extending behind the "hump".

Wessex helicopters were also used by the Queen's Flight of the RAF to transport VIPs including members of the British Royal Family, from 1969 to 1998. Those Royal helicopters were designated HCC4 and were essentially similar to the HC2 but with an upgraded interior, additional navigation equipment and enhanced maintenance programmes. A later version used by the Royal Marine Commandos was the HU5.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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