Westland Lysander

SS Thistlegorm was sunk in 1941 and contains a number of aircraft parts (see below). Some of the are Westland Lysander parts. The Westland Lysander was used by RAF to support the 8th army. A STOL aircraft – due in part to its unusual wing design – it was the perfect “spy” plane, used to pick up and drop agents behind enemy lines. Now, all these parts lie submerged in the Red Sea.

  • Westland Lysander

The pictures above taken on the Thistleform and in the workshops of the Aircraft Restoration Company show the distinctive shape of leading edge of Westland Lysander – looking back towards wing root. The wings on the Thistlegorm are stacked on top of each other, revealing the tubular structure of the Lysander wing:


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