WINGS PALETTE - Westland Whirlwind - Great Britain
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The Westland Whirlwind was a British twin-engined heavy fighter developed by Westland Aircraft. It was the Royal Air Force's first single-seat, twin-engined, cannon-armed fighter, and a contemporary of the Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane. It was one of the fastest aircraft in service when it flew in the late 1930s, and was much more heavily armed than any other. However, protracted development problems with its Rolls-Royce Peregrine engines delayed the entire project and only a…
This was the RAF's first twin engined single seat fighter produced in any numbers during the war.It had a very good performance at low altitude. However continuous teething troubles with its Pergrine engines restricted the Wirlwinds's career to such an extent that only two squadrons were equipped with this good looking aircraft.
Short-Lived & Largely Forgotten Westland Whirlwind
If you were asked to name a cannon-armed, twin-engine heavy fighter in service with one of the combatant nations during the Battle of Britain, you would
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AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1939-1945: WESTLAND WHIRLWIND.
ATP 10755E. Whirlwind Mark I P7116 HE-F Bellows Argentina No. 2 flown by the Officer Commanding No. 263 Squadron RAF based at Colerne Wiltshire on the snow-covered airfield at Charmy Down Somerset