Westland "Wisp"


Built in 1976 at Yeovil, Somerset as a remotely piloted observation helicopter, the "Wisp" was powered by two Korba 2-stroke 2-cylinder piston engines. Following the development success of the "Mote", Westland began construction in 1976 of a larger version of a airborne surveillance system that could send live TV and infra-red pictures to a portable control station day or night.

The first of three prototypes was completed in August 1976 with a first flight on 2nd December 1976. Trials were carried out in 1977 but the payload was considered limited and the project had already been succeeded by the larger "Wideye".

British Helicopter Museum