Help Wanted - Wessex Owners’ Workshop Manual
In December 2014 my Sea King HU Mk.5 Owners’ Workshop Manual was published by Haynes, followed this July by the Lynx HAS Mk.2, 3 and HMA Mk.8 Owners’ Workshop Manual (see photo: handing over the first copy to Cdr Phil Richardson, CO of 815 NAS). Following on from this I appear, against my better judgment (the promise to myself of having a break seemingly disappearing in the post-publication afterglow!) to have agreed to author yet another Manual, this time on a subject dear to many of you: the mighty Wessex. While this one will differ slightly in covering all Wessex marks (not just RN), the format will remain the same: historical overview, service history, technical walk-round, what it was like to fly and maintain and some good dits. To that end, I would be keen to hear from anyone with any reminiscences of their time flying and maintaining the aircraft and in particular anyone with any good stories to tell – preferably ones that haven’t appeared in print before. Even more so, ones that are true! I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The pic attached shows me handing over the first copy of the Lynx Manual to Cdr Phil Richardson at Yeovilton. (credit: Steve Rendle/Haynes).