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.

Three months later, a contract was placed for 144 aircraft, and the first unit was completely re-equipped with Lysander aircraft in June of 1938. By 1939, the production was fully deployed and the Royal Air Force received 66 aircraft. For the first time this aircraft participated in combat operations in France in the British Expeditionary Force in May 1940 year after the end of the "strange war", but when the fighting began, the vulnerability of these aircraft was revealed. The Lysander aircraft were quickly switched to performing rear tasks, which were never envisaged for this type of aircraft. His role in the secret squadrons of special purpose became legends, the plane proved to be ideal for dumping cargo and transporting agents to occupied Europe and exporting them from there under the 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: Bristol Mekury XX or XXX

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