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RR Peregrine in-line
2 x 885 h.p. ea.
7,840 lbs.
10,270 lbs.
4- 20 mm
1,000 lbs.
32 ft. 9 in.
45 ft.
360 mph
1,500 fpm
30,000 feet
800 miles

Westland Whirlwind Fighter
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The Westland Whirlwind Fighter was the first single seat twin engine aircraft 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 Fighter 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.  Whirlwind No. 137 Squadron primarily used the aircraft as fighter-bombers for low-level cross-Channel missions.

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 Fighter 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.

Westland Whirlwind Fighter

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

The first picture below is of a Westland Whirlwind Fighter 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 Fighter built from a Galaxy Models kit. Wingspan 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 Fighter from Nexus plans. It has a wingspan of 65" and needs a pair of .30 motors for motivation.

Kit Cutters also has full and short kits, or plans for the Westland Whirlwind Fighter from Don Smith plans. It has a wingspan of 108" and a length of 79".

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

The third picture below is of the Westland Whirlwind Fighter from a Cloud Models kit. It has a wingspan 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 Westland Whirlwind Fighter 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 of the Westland Whirlwind Fighter. Its wingspan is 55". For power you will need a pair of .10 two stroke engines. Plan no. is 515E.

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Westland Whirlwind Fighter - Mark Rittinger

Westland Whirlwind Fighter - Galaxy Models

Westland Whirlwind Fighter - Cloud Models

K. Hakelberg and his Westland Whirlwind Fighter