Added: (Wed Nov 07 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - An outstanding collection of aviation history from the archives of Westland, one of the longest standing names surviving in British Aviation has been released by Archive Britain.

The CD-ROM traces the progress of Westland from its foundation by the Yeovil firm Petter Oil Engines Ltd during the First World War to 1926. The story is told via contemporary photographs and documents, many hitherto unpublished, depicting the aircraft, personalities and factory site.

The story begins at the outbreak of the First World War when a contract was placed for the manufacture of Short Type 184 reconnaissance, bomber and torpedo carrying seaplane and concludes with the Wizard single seat monoplane fighter in 1926.

Included are the Short 166 bomb carrying seaplane, the Sopwith 1 Strutter fighter/bomber, the De Havilland DH4, 9 and 9a bombers, the Westland Scout seaplane, the Wagtail and Weasel fighters, the Vickers Vimy heavy bomber, the Limousine light passenger transport, the carrier based Walrus spotter, the experimental Dreadnought, the Woodpigeon biplane, the Widgeon monoplane and the Yeovil bomber.

There are now nine Aviation History titles available containing several thousand digital images from the early pioneers to the Second World War. It is the intention to continue the Westland story by the addition of further titles.

The CD's are available for 11.44 each including world-wide delivery from the Archive Britain web site www.archivebritain.com, by telephoning the credit card orderline 023 9275 6275 or by fax on 023 9275 6283.


Archive Britain
The Archive Britain Campaign was launched in May 1999, to release a wealth of material stored in British Archives for public consumption. The Campaign promotes the preservation of archive material by digitisation and making the information available on CD-ROM at a reasonable price, funds from the sales benefit the Archives. Export sales of CD titles on the archivebritain.com web site currently cover twenty-five countries stretching from Canada to New Zealand.

Westland Helicopters Limited
Throughout the 86 years of being, the common thread has been the Westland name, Westland is unique in UK Aerospace Industry, trading under its original name and working from the same site since it's formation during World War 1.

The now environmentally controlled engineering works and assembly shops which border the Westland Airfield are currently occupied in the business of building state of the art Merlin, Lynx and Apache Helicopters. The same airfield from which these modern helicopters engage in their flight test programmes was once interrupted by the staccato roar of the DH-9A Liberty engines, was controlled by flags and hand signals and witnessed the rudimentary flight test routine of Vimy bombers and among many others, the futuristic tail-less Westland Pterodactyls.

Richard Case, MSc, CEng, FREng. FRAeS
Chairman, Westland Helicopters Ltd

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