Westland AH.7 Lynx

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Westland
Markings
British Army Air Corps, circa 2012
Designation
AH.7
Serial Number
XZ185

Westland AH.7 Lynx

The Westland Lynx is a British-designed multipurpose military helicopter. The design for the Lynx started in the mid-1960s as a replacement for both the Westland Scout and Wasp helicopters. The first prototype flew in 1971 and became the first fully aerobatic helicopter. A modified Lynx also set a speed record in 1986 as the world’s fastest helicopter, a record that still holds today. Both land and ship based versions of the Lynx went into production for the Army and Navy. The British Army Air Corp got their first Lynxes in 1979 using them for utility, transport, anti-tank, search and rescue, escort, and reconnaissance missions. In 1981, British Fleet Air Arm received their first Lynxes. The naval version incorporated many changes including wheels instead of skids, sonar, radar and different sensors for use in its anti-shipping, anti-submarine, anti-pirate, and ship replenishment missions. British Lynxes saw extensive service in several conflicts including the Falklands, North Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and the Middle East. It is a versatile airframe with over forty different variants in service with the British military and exported to sixteen other foreign militaries around the world. The Westland Lynx AH.7 was an upgraded land based Lynx design for the British Army Air Corps. It has updated engines, gearbox, a bigger tail rotor, and upgraded antitank abilities. The AH.7 can carry up to nine troops or passengers.

Specifications
Wingspan 42 ft
Length 50 ft
Height 12 ft 3 in
Weight 10,747 lbs
Max. Speed 184 mph
Service Ceiling 10,600 ft
Range 322 Miles
Engines Two Rolls-Royce Gem 41-1 Turboshafts with 1,120 horsepower each
Crew 3

Westland AH.1 Gazelle

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Westland
Markings
British Army Air Corps, 2005
Designation
AH.1
Serial Number
XX384

Westland AH.1 Gazelle

The Gazelle is a five-seat light transport, scout and attack helicopter originally developed by Sud Aviation for the French Army. The helicopter first flew in 1967 with a conventional tail rotor. The distinctive shrouded tail rotor system was introduced on the second prototype. This tail rotor is quieter than a conventional rotor and provides protection to both the rotor and ground crews. Otherwise it operates identically to a conventional helicopter tail rotor.

The Gazelle entered service with the French Army in 1973 and with the British Army in 1974. The British helicopters were produced in England by Westland under license from Aerospaciale. The Gazelle was also produced by the SOKO company in Yugoslavia. The Gazelle remains in service in both France and Britain as well as in nearly two dozen other countries.

Specifications
Wingspan 34 ft 6 in
Length 39 ft
Height 10 ft 3 in
Weight 3,970 pounds
Max. Speed 193 mph
Service Ceiling 16,405 ft
Range 416 miles
Engines One Turbomeca Astazau IIIN2 turboshaft with 590 horsepower
Crew 2 and 3 passengers