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Westland WG31 and Westland WG34

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My replacement copy of James Jackson's excellent slim volume THE ADMIRALTY AND THE HELICOPTER arrived today (my original is buried somewhere inside another RN book).
It confirms what I was thinking.WG.34 small.jpgWG-34.jpgThese often used images cited as being the WG34 are in fact WG31 designs which evolved into WG34 in 1978.
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The illustration above from a magazine via a website seems to be the WG34A DTV demonstrator for the WG34.
After Italy and the UK agreed to cooperate this design evolved into the EH101
 

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Looks like the EH-101 became somewhat bigger and heavier than the WG34?


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Looks like the EH-101 became somewhat bigger and heavier than the WG34?
WG.31 began at 24,000lb AUW, grew to 26,500lb as the design matured. EH101 was heavier as the Italians wanted a bigger payload.

As to uk75's post, I haven't seen the definitive 'final' WG.34 design. Its clear now from my research that the press illustrations were WG.31 models and studies that Westland released. Its worth adding that the WG.34A was not the WG.34, the only bit that was pure WG.34 was the engine and transmission area.
 
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