Rotary Royalty: Westland Sea King History

Long-serving and highly successful, Westland’s Sea King became one of the most recognisable helicopter designs in history. Malcolm V Lowe examines the type’s development and use by Britain’s Royal Navy in light of Airfix's newly tooled 1/48 kit.

Read our full-build of Airfix's new-tool 1/48 Westland Sea King here.

Westland Aircraft Ltd was an established and successful aircraft design and manufacturing company even prior to World War Two. Although the Yeovil, Somerset-based organisation was formed as an independent firm in 1935, it could trace its aeronautical ancestry as far back as 1915.

As a true multi-role type, Sea Kings were flown in many trouble spots and warzones – this Royal Navy HC.4 was photographed while operating with NATO’s Stabilisation Force (SFOR) peacekeepers in the Balkans.

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