The Westland Wyvern was a British single-seat carrier-based multi-role strike aircraft built by Westland Aircraft that served in the 1950s, seeing active service in the 1956 Suez Crisis.
The definitive Wyvern reached limited shore-based front line service in May 1953 with 813 Naval Air Squadron, replacing the Blackburn Firebrand. Several second-line squadrons also received Wyverns around this time.
In September 1954, 813 embarked with their Wyverns on HMS Albion for carrier-based service in the Mediterranean. The Wyvern soon showed a worrying habit for flame, and out on catapult launch, and Lt. B. D. Macfarlane made history on 13 October 1954 when he successfully ejected under water using his Martin Baker Mk.I ejection seat after his aircraft had ditched on launch and been cut in two by the carrier. 813 did not return to Albion until March 1955 when the problems had been resolved.
This rare 1:72 scale official Recognition model is in excellent condition, manufactured for the US Navy by Cruver of Chicago, and marked “Property of USN” and dated July 1955.
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