Early Westlands chief test pilot and aviation historian Harald Penrose tells us his experiences of the very early days of test flying his career. He starts off talking about his early life and learning to fly, before telling us about test flying for Westlands between 1928 and 1953. Stories include accounts of high altitude flying in the Houston-Westland PV3 that was used to make the first flight over Mount Everest and his work on the tailless Westland Pterodactyl series designed by Captain G T. R. Hill. Penrose goes on to tell us the story of when he had to bail out of a Westland P7 after its wings came off, before moving onto discuss working with W. E. W. ‘Teddy’ Petter on the development of the Westland Whirlwind, as well as the Westland Welkin and Wyvern programmes and the English Electric Canberra.
Harald Penrose was interviewed by Rodney Giesler in 1983 and 1989 and the podcasts were edited by Mike Stanberry FRAeS.