Rolls Royce Gem
2- 1,000 hp ea.
43 ft. 7 in.
11 ft. 5 in.
A specially modified Lynx helicopter produced by Westland Helicopters set the absolute speed record for helicopters in 1986. The helicopter was piloted by John Egginton and reached a speed of 249.09 mph (400.87 km/h) making it the world's fastest helicopter.
A Lynx helicopter first took to the sky on March 21, 1971. It was a civil aircraft with the designation WG-13. The Lynx helicopter has since gained a reputation for reliability and ruggedness. It has operated in military and civilian versions throughout the world.
As a military aircraft the Lynx helicopter is able to take on a variety of missions. Naval versions are used in ASW (anti submarine warfare), mine sweeping, and ship operations. Air Force and Army versions are used for recon, escort, and transport missions.
The Lynx helicopter is no stranger to combat. It has participated in operations in the Falklands, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 1961 a fast, medium size, multi-role helicopter that would fulfill both civil aviation and military requirements was proposed that would become the Lynx helicopter.
In 1964 design began on a replacement for the British Scout, Wasp and U.S. UH-1 Huey helicopters.
In 1968 the British government signed a contract with Westland for the new Lynx helicopter.
On March 21, 1971 the Lynx helicopter flew for the first time.
In 1972 the Lynx helicopter start setting speed records.
In December of 1977 the Lynx helicopter became operational in the military with the Royal Navy.
The variable function helicopter has performed in the mission roles of advanced recon, armed escort, tank buster, attack, ASW, ship attack, and transport.
During the Gulf War in 1991, the Lynx helicopter successfully engaged Iraqi vessels using missiles.
On September 10, 2000 they rescued a total of 11 British in Sierra Leone during "Mission Barras."
Starting in 2003, during the invasion of Iraq, the Lynx helicopter has been used extensively. A single Lynx helicopter was downed by enemy fire over Basra. That was on May 6, 2006.
The Lynx helicopter was first deployed to Afghanistan in the winter of 2006. The crew of three and two passengers on board of one all perished when it was lost on April 26, 2014.
The Lynx helicopter was removed from active duty in the British Royal Navy in March of 2017.
Westland has produced over 450 units of the Lynx helicopter to date. Many continue to serve in numerous countries throughout the world.
Pictured above is the Lynx helicopter by Vario built by Iain Erskine. Specifications are a length of 67 in., height of 17 in. and a width of 14.5 in. It is driven by an 11.5 cc engine with a 40 degree angle gearbox.
We received the following email from Iain Sadler: "The attached photo show a 450 size fuselage for the Lynx helicopter I am currently producing designed specifically for the Trex 450. This link show the development of this model:
Kind Regards - Iain"