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Westland Lysander. Photo. Characteristics.
Westland Lysander. Photo. Characteristics.

Westland Lysander. Photo. Characteristics.


United Kingdom

A type: single-engine Army connected vysokoplan

Crew: The pilot and the observer

This is the first purpose-built aircraft to communicate, which entered the Royal Air Force. He began to perform functions that were previously assigned to the modified bombers. Designed according to the requirements A39 / 34 first prototype of the Ministry of Aviation, the company received "Uestland» (Westland) designation R.8, made its first flight in June 15 1936 years.

After three months, he was placed a contract for 144 aircraft, and the first unit was completely re-equipped aircraft "Lysander» (Lysander) in June 1938 years. By 1939, production was fully deployed and the Royal Air Force received 66 aircraft. For the first time this aircraft was involved in the fighting in France in the ranks of the British Expeditionary Force in May 1940 years after the end of the "phoney war", but when the fighting began, revealed the vulnerability of the aircraft. Aircraft "Lysander" were quickly switched to perform logistical tasks that have never been envisaged for this type of aircraft. Its role as a part of the secret special-purpose squadrons became the property of the legends, was the ideal aircraft to clear the cargo and transport agents in occupied Europe and export them out under cover of darkness.

It has also proved useful as a sea rescue plane in the English Channel, and for towing targets. Built around aircraft 1650 "Lysander", including 225 - under license in Canada. From 20 surviving to the present day aircraft "Lysander" (Mk modification III / CT III), all but one, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Basic data


  • Length: 9,3 m
  • Wingspan: 15,24 m
  • Height: 4,42 m


Range of flight: 341 km

Power point: "Mekyuri» XX or XXX Company "Bristol"

Power: 870 l. from. (649 kW)

The weight:

  • BLANK: 1980 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 2866 kg


Date of first flight:

  • 15 June 1936 year


Aircraft performance characteristics:

Maximum speed: 341 km / h

The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • Mk IIIA and IIIA TT


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