Recognition Journal, Volume 6 No. 12 December 1951

dhcuiact&i Study, WESTLAND WYVERN THE WESTLAND WYVERN is both nose and tail dominated, and has an optically balanced fuselage on which the cockpit canopy sits nicely over the centre section. Most of the character of the aircraft lies in the fuselage. It tapers fore-and-aft to about the same degree, has a central hillock crowned—as we have said— by the cockpit and, in plan, a gracefully tapered shape from nose to tail. The nose is especially full of character with its smooth barrel effect from which emerges the huge bullet shape of the contra-rotating propeller hubs. Smooth everywhere, with clean curved lines, it merges neatly with the great upstanding fin and rudder. The black jet exits, sprouting beneath the cockpit and almost on the wing roots form an interesting but generally invisible feature. The underline is a shallow curve from stem to stern. The fin and rudder, optically oversized for so small an aircraft, is avery noteworthy combination. The line sweeps steeply up in a straight line to a sharp rounded peak and falls away in a steep bowing curve to the trim stern. These lines give an overall triangular feel to the fin and rudder combine. The large (dihedral) tail-plane echoes the fin and rudder, with its taper, straight on leading edge, curved on trailing edge. But the tips are more fulsome. The wings are rather nondescript affairs, again echoing the straight leading edge and curved trailing edge“ m otif” .The horizontal centre section, with slight equi-taper and a thinning upper surface from thick roots, gives place to outer panels with considerable dihedral and bluntish tips. Seen from certain angles the Wyvern has an inverted gull-wing look. The Wyvern is a handsome machine with its typical swelled fuselage amidships, and its noteworthy proboscis: and it manages to assume a somewhat eager look. Its name, by the way, is a variant of the W1VERN, pro­nounced always with along i or They. Wivern, in Heraldry, is a “fabulous two-legged winged creature, alike cockatrice, but having a dragon’s head ”.The Wyvern (Python) first flew in 1949 and is at present undergoing trials for the Royal Navy. Principal data are :Span :44 ft. Length :42 ft. Engine :Armstrong Siddeley Python. Maker: Westland. Function: Single-seat torpedo strike fighter. Armament :Four 20 mm. in wings various com­binations of rockets and tanks in addition to central torpedo. C.H. GIBBS-SMITH 269
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