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Westland: Wyvern

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Wyvern TF1. Exhibit at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
Wyvern TF1. Exhibit at the Fleet Air Arm Museum.
July 1949.
July 1949.
1950. "TF2".
1953. Wyvern S.4
1953. Wyvern S.4

Note: This is a sub-section of Westland.

The Westland Wyvern was a British single-seat carrier-based multi-role strike aircraft built by Westland Aircraft that served in the 1950s, seeing active service in the 1956 Suez Crisis. Production Wyverns were powered by a turboprop engine driving large and distinctive contra-rotating propellers, and could carry aerial torpedoes.


  • W.34 Wyvern
    • Six prototypes ordered in August 1944, first aircraft flown 12 December 1946.
  • W.34 Wyvern TF.1
    • Pre-production aircraft ordered in June 1946, only seven built of 20 contracted.
  • W.35 Wyvern TF.2
    • The original production version, three prototypes ordered in February 1946 with a production contract for 20 aircraft ordered in September 1947, only nine production aircraft built, further 11 were completed as S.4s.
  • W.38 Wyvern T.3
    • Two-seat conversion trainer. One prototype VZ739 ordered in September 1948 and first flown in February 1950.
  • W.35 Wyvern TF.4
    • The definitive version, 50 ordered in October 1948, 13 in December 1950, 13 in January 1951 and a final 11 in February 1951, 98 built (including 11 started as TF.2s). Re-designated S.4

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