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.
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
IMAGE: B2482.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/kxc4kh6 LINKS: 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.