The Royal Navy Wasp

An Operational and Retirement History
Pen & Sword Aviation (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 31. Januar 2020
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  • 280 Seiten
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978-1-5267-2115-0 (ISBN)
This book tells the story of the first helicopter in the world designed from the outset to be deployed at sea, in Destroyers and Frigates. It is primarily based on the words of those who operated it. Designed from the outset to cope with the restricted space of a warship both for stowage and flight operations it proved an immediate success. Its original role was to act as a weapon carrier to launch torpedoes and depth charges on submarine contacts out of range of the parent ships weapons range. Soon, it also took on a second primary role of air to surface attack using wire guided missiles. The flexibility of the machine was such that it was able to conduct a plethora of secondary roles from visual search to collecting the all-important ships mail. Wherever the Royal Navy was deployed on operations a Wasp was there. The book has accounts of operations around the world particularly during the Cold War of the Seventies and the Falklands War where amongst other things it had the honour of being the first RN platform ever, to fire a guided missile at a surface target.However the story doesnt end there. Although the aircraft went out of service in the Royal Navy in 1988, it continued to operate with other navies around the world. To this day there are still several airworthy examples flying. The second part of the book gives accounts of these machines and brings the story of the Wasp completely up to date.
  • Englisch
  • Newburyport
  • |
  • USA
Pen & Sword Books
  • 29,76 MB
978-1-5267-2115-0 (9781526721150)
  • Intro
  • Preface
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Authors' Profiles
  • Acknowledgements
  • Section One: Wasps in Royal Navy Operational Service
  • Chapter 1 The Military Need
  • Chapter 2 The Early Days
  • Chapter 3 The Wasp
  • Chapter 4 Roles and Weapons
  • Chapter 5 Operations - The Early years
  • Chapter 6 The Cod Wars
  • Chapter 7 The Falklands
  • Chapter 8 Personal Accounts
  • Chapter 9 From LJC's Cockpit
  • Section Two: Wasps in Service Overseas and in Retirement
  • Chapter 10 The Life Cycle of a Wasp - Phase 2: Born to Fight Again
  • Chapter 11 The Final Part of the Wasps' Life Cycle - Phase 3: Gentle Retirement
  • Chapter 12 The Story of One Wasp in Active Retirement
  • Chapter 13 Almost the End for XT787
  • Chapter 14 Civilian Pilots Flying Rotary Warbirds
  • Chapter 15 The End of the Life Cycle - Representing the Glories, Successes and Triumphs of the Past
  • Annex A - Glossary of Terms
  • Annex B - A Dummies Guide to Flying a Helicopter

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