The Royal Navy Lynx, an operational history

The outstanding Lynx has reached retirement age and is being replaced in RN service by the ‘super’ Lynx under its new name Wildcat. That speaks volumes for the ability of the Lynx. The author has provided a comprehensive account of the hugely successful service of the Lynx since its entry into service in 1976. All you need to know about a great aircraft, very highly recommended.


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NAME: The Royal Navy Lynx, an operational history
FILE: R2482
AUTHOR: Larry Jeram-Croft
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  289
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Naval Aviation, Royal Navy, Fleet Air Arm, helicopters, 
rotor-craft, VSTOL, anti-submarine warfare, surface attack aircraft, 
ASR, Westland Aircraft

ISBN: 1-47386-251-5

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DESCRIPTION: The outstanding Lynx has reached retirement age and is 
being replaced in RN service by the 'super' Lynx under its new name 
Wildcat. That speaks volumes for the ability of the Lynx. The author 
has provided a comprehensive account of the hugely successful service 
of the Lynx since its entry into service in 1976. All you need to 
know about a great aircraft, very highly recommended.

Westland Aircraft started out as a highly innovative aircraft design 
and manufacture company. It worked on tailless aircraft before WWII 
and it produced the amazing Lysander STOL army co-operation aircraft 
that became immortal for its role in inserting and extracting agents 
and resistance fighters from Occupied Europe. Westland also produced 
a very interesting twin engine fighter that mounted four cannon in its 
nose. Its last fixed wing military aircraft was the innovative turbo-
prop powered Fleet Fighter, the Wyvern. In some respects, Westland 
earned the reputation as a quirky aircraft builder but it really 
became established as a helicopter manufacturer, producing license-
built versions of Sikorski designs.

Westland did much more than just build copies of someone else's 
designs. They innovated and introduced enhancements that particularly 
suited its major customer, the Royal Navy. As their experience quickly 
built of rotor-craft, they began  to introduce their own designs and 
some of their enhancements were adopted by other manufacturers. Two of 
their triumphs were to be the Lynx and the Merlin, both designed to 
meet the Royal Navy requirement for highly effective rotor-craft for 
use by naval aviation.

The Lynx has given outstanding service in its original roles as an 
anti-submarine helicopter and an attack helicopter, able to operate 
from the smaller warships and from shore bases. It has also provided 
excellent service in a number of rescue roles, including disaster 
recovery missions.

The author has produced a very well-researched work that provides the 
most comprehensive review of the service career of the Lynx for the 
Royal Navy and his text is supported through the body of the book by 
lavish illustration, many images in full colour. Many readers will be 
surprised by the extent of the contribution made by the Lynx in a 
range of very demanding operations.