Delivered in 1947, A80-1 was the first helicopter for the RAAF and the Australian military. Written off when it crashed into the Murray River on or about December 4, 1951. The RAAF didn't get into helicopters in a big way until the 1960s and the Vietnam War the arrival of UH-1 Iroquois. Went on to operate CH-47 Chinook, AS350 Squirrel and UH-60 Black Hawks. In 1989 all helicopters were transferred to the Army. Today civilian operators provide SAR at RAAF bases. Photo from: National Library of Australia
Prime Minister Willem Drees departing to the disaster area of the catastrophic North Sea flood of 1 February 1953. The first helicopter in the Netherlands, Jezebel had rescued many victims from rooftops and treetops. The Aviodrome museum in Lelystad displays a Westland-built WS-51 painted as this historic machine. Photo by Harry Pot / Nationaal Archief (Netherlands)
Flown by Alan Bristow, this S-51 arrived in Switzerland on 22 September 1948 for a demo tour. It was built by Sikorsky but assembled and used by Westland. It was later evaluated by British European Airways. Photo from: ETH-Bibliothek Zürich
A80-374 was delivered in April 1951, the RAAF's second helicopter and one of three S-51s The other two were lost in accidents but -374 soldiered on in the crash rescue role with 81 Wing at RAAF Williamtown until the early 1960s. Retired, it became an instructional airframe and then a recruiting aid. It was in Sydney's Hyde Park as part of the annual Waratah Festival. It later became an exhibit at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook.