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Specifications

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        Year Deployed:
fighter
one
RR Peregrine in line
2 x 885 h.p. ea.
7,840 lbs.
10,270 lbs.
4- 20 mm
1,000 lbs.
32' 9"
45' 0"
360 mph
1,500 fpm
30,000 feet
800 miles
10/11/38
1940






The Westland Whirlwind was the first single seat twin engine fighter deployed by the English RAF. Its initial missions were slated to be for use as a night fighter, long range bomber escort, and eventually as a fighter bomber.

The aircraft was produced with a number of innovations. A bubble canopy provided excellent visibility from the cockpit, and its four 20 mm cannons provided excellent armament.

The Westland Whirlwind is probably best remembered as the escort fighter protecting heavy bombers on raids on Cologne, Germany in August of 1941.

The fighter seemed to do well at lower altitudes and in the low level ground attack role, using its cannons to maximum advantage.

Unfortunately, it lacked performance at higher altitudes and had numerous engine problems. A relatively high landing speed of about 80 mph limited use of the Westland Whirlwind to longer runways. While originally intended as a long range bomber escort, the aircraft actually had a relatively short combat radius of about 350 miles when fully loaded with ammunition and bombs.

The Westland Whirlwind started being removed from front line service in December of 1943 and was retired in June of 1944. A total of 116 aircraft were produced.



Traplet Plans rc Westland Whirlwind.

Pictured above is a RC Westland Whirlwind built from Traplet Publications plans of a Chris Golds design. It has a wing span of 72". Suggested power are Mega 16-25-6 motors. Weight is 8 3/4 lbs.

The first picture below is of a rc Westland Whirlwind built from Mark Rittinger plans. Wing span is 41.75" and length is 26.5". You will need Speed 400 motors for power. Weight should be around 29 ounces ready to fly.

Pictured second below is the Westland Whirlwind rc built from a Galaxy Models kit. Wing span is 48". It is made from balsa and plywood with foam wings. For power you will need a pair of Speed 400 or 480 motors.

Kit Cutters has full or short kits, or plans for the Westland Whirlwind rc airplane from Nexus plans. It has a wing span of 65" and needs a pair of .30 motors for motivation.

Kit Cutters also has full and short kits, or plans for the rc Westland Whirlwind from Don Smith plans. The giant scale rc airplane has a wing span of 108" and a length of 79".

You will find plans for a Westland Whirlwind rc slope soarer at the PSS Model Plans Directory. It has a 58" wing span and uses aileron and elevator controls.

The third picture below is of the rc Westland Whirlwind from a Cloud Models kit. It has a wing span of 49" and weighs 49 oz. The kit has CNC cut parts with veneer over foam wings. A pair of Speed 400 motors are recommended.

The last picture is of the rc giant scale Westland Whirlwind with its builder, Klaus Hakelberg. It has a 96" wingspan is made from balsa and ply, and powered by a couple of Ultra 1600 motors.

The AMA Plans Service has plans for sale of the rc Westland Whirlwind. Its wingspan is 55". For power you will need a pair of .10 two stroke engines. Plan no. is 515E.

Do not hesitate to email us about your favorite rc Westland Whirlwind radio control airplane or to tell us about one that you can recommend.


Mark Rittinger plans rc Westland Whirlwind.


Galaxy Models rc Westland Whirlwind.


Cloud Models Westland Whirlwind rc.


K. Hakelberg and his rc Westland Whirlwind.