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Sabena Old Timers Foundation
Sticker #01
Westland Lysander

 

Colors: Black - Blue - Gold - Grey - Red - Yellow - White
Material: Glue - Paper - Synthetic
Condition: New
Dimensions (cm): 9 x 9
Weight (g): 1

 

Country: Belgium


History:
The Lysander was the first British airplane stationed in France during World War Two but was soon found to be vulnerable because of its relatively slow speed.
Withdrawn from frontline service, this two-seat, high-winged monoplane would soon become famous for its nocturnal flights into occupied Europe, dropping supplies and agents behind enemy lines.
The Lysander was built by Westland as an army co-operation aircraft at the request of the RAF.
The first prototype was flown on June 15, 1936, and a contract for 144 more was signed.
The Lysander began its service with No. 16 squadron of the RAF in June of 1938.
The Lysander also saw service with France, Turkey and Ireland.
Apart from dropping spies and equipment into occupied France, the Lysander also served as a target tug, and performed invaluable service during air-sea rescue operations over the English Channel.
The Lysander was also built under license in Canada, where 225 were constructed by the end of the war.
There are approximately 20 surviving Lysanders today, all but one having served with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

 

Specifications (Lysander III):
Engine: One 870-hp Bristol Mercury XX nine-cylinder radial engine
Weight: Empty 4,365 lbs., Max Takeoff 6,318 lbs.
Wing Span: 50ft. 0in.
Length: 30ft. 6in.
Height: 14ft. 6in.
Performance: Maximum Speed: 212 mph - Ceiling: 21,500 ft. - Range: 600 miles - Armament: None
Number Built: ~1,650
Number Still Airworthy: Two

Sabena Old Timers Foundation Sticker #01 Westland Lysander

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