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Helitune support Historic Helicopters in helping Westland Wessex XT761 take to the air

26 / 02 / 2019

Helitune are pleased to be working with Historic Helicopters, based in Chard, Somerset, to help them achieve their goal of restoring a Westland Wessex (XT761) to flying status.

Historic Helicopters, established in 2013, have a unique collection of vintage Military Helicopters, including two Westland Wessex, a Westland Whirlwind and two Westland Sea Kings. A small team of Aircraft Engineers have been working hard to restore these aircraft to their former glory with the aim of restoring all aircraft to an operational state.

The Navy Wessex HU5 XT761 has undergone significant restoration and the aircraft had its first rotors turning on the 16th November 2018. Thanks to the effort of the Historic Helicopters team, the aircraft then took to the air for the first time in over 32 years on 15th February 2019.

One of Helitune’s long-standing Flight Test Engineers, Richard Vickery (below, far right), was on-site on 15th February to witness the historic event. During his Naval career Richard was responsible for the maintenance of the Wessex aircraft, and completed Rotor Track and Balance using Helitune systems on one of the Wessex HU5 now being restored by Historic Helicopters (XT771).

Helitune have supplied a Rotortuner system to Historic Helicopters to complete Rotor Track and Balance activities on the helicopter and will continue to support Historic Helicopters throughout their mission to restore this fleet of historic aircraft to their former glory.

For further information about the work of Historic Helicopters please visit their website:

Photos courtesy of Historic Helicopters

Credit: Lee Howard