Developed from the Dragonfly HR.5., the aircraft was Westland Aircraft's first production helicopter design.

 

Source: "Westland WS-51, Series 2, Widgeon", David Gibbings, AHS History Calendar 2015

 

A detailed drawing of the aircraft can be found in the following,

 

Source: "Westland Widgeon", FLIGHT Staff, FLIGHT 22 Feb 1957, Pages 238-239

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Westland Aircraft Ltd

Primary manufacturer: Westland Aircraft Ltd

Parent type: Westland S-51

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Helicopter

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Tail rotor

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Single seater

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Overall Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Total number of engines: 1

Engine designation: Alvis Leonides 521/1 reciprocating

Engine manufacturer: Alvis Car and Engineering Company Ltd

Take-off / rated power: 388 kW (520 hp)

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Max Gross Weight (ground): 2676 kg (5900 lb)

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