AgustaWestland celebrates its centenary at Yeovil

AgustaWestland has celebrated the centenary of the formation of the Westland Aircraft Works in Yeovil.

In April 1915 the Petter brothers made the decision to offer their company’s manufacturing resources to the Government to help the war effort. The Admiralty contracted them to build Short 184 seaplanes under licence with work starting immediately. The ‘Westland Aircraft Works’ was officially formed as a branch of Petters Ltd, beginning one hundred years of aviation history.

Westland began by building fixed wing aircraft before starting helicopter production. In 2001 AgustaWestland was formed with the bringing together of two aviation companies and since 2004 has been wholly owned by Finmeccanica. In 2007 Agusta celebrated its centenary and now in 2015 Westland has achieved the same historic aviation milestone.

AgustaWestland AW609

AgustaWestland AW609

G-LYNX at Yeovil

G-LYNX at Yeovil

AW1275 Westland 100th 3

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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