The Westland Whirlwind, Welkin, & Wyvern
Many pilots who flew the Whirlwind praised its performance, with 'absolute confidence & affection', & noted that 'the type remained in combat service, virtually unmodified, for a remarkably long time'
This was the RAF's first twin engined single seat fighter produced in any numbers during the war.It had a very good performance at low altitude. However continuous teething troubles with its Pergrine engines restricted the Wirlwinds's career to such an extent that only two squadrons were equipped with this good looking aircraft.
Whirlwind Wednesday: During his time with 263 Squadron in England Flt Hap Kennedy had the rare privilege to fly the Rolls-Royce Peregrine-powered Westland Whirlwind. With Mosquito-like performance, this twin-engined single seat fighter was a beautiful design but failed to be built in numbers due to the technical difficulties of the engine it was powered by
ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945.
Three Westland Whirlwinds of No 263 Squadron RAF based at Exeter, Devon, flying in stepped line-astern formation over the West Country.