WESTLAND WESSEX H.A.S. MK 31A N7-217
MSN WA217

 

 


    Built by Westland at Yeovil, U.K. with constructor's number WA217.
JUL63
  Arrived in Australia on a merchant vessel.
    Initially, the Westland constructor's number was painted on all Wessex as an RAN serial number but the "WA" prefix was subsequently replaced by "N7" on surviving aircraft. Wessex WA217 was assigned the RAN Side Number 827.
    Damaged and placed in storage.
68-70
  N7-217 was the only one of the remaining 24 Wessex which was not converted to Mk 31B status as the RAN purchased only 23 modification kits based on an assumed higher attrition rate.
03AUG83
  Relegated to Instructional Airframe.
04SEP85
  Noted outside the Museum building at Nowra as N7-217 with name "Jeanie" on the nose. (Source: AHSA News Jul-Nov 1985 #2 p.12)
91
  N7-217 joined the collection of the RAN Fleet Air Arm Museum.
c. DEC89
  All RAN Wessex were withdrawn from service by this date.
25MAR02
  Arrived at Caloundra by road from Nowra. 
    On indefinite loan from the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Nowra, NSW.

 

Compiled by Ron Cuskelly

 

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ISSUE
DATE
REMARKS
3
02NOV16
Added two images thanks to Bob Livingstone. Image 1 Image 2
2
10JUN12
Added an image of the aircraft at Nowra thanks to Bruce Linwood.
1
26MAR02
Original issue