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Helicopter Museum recognised for education value

Helicopter Museum recognised for education value

This week the Helicopter Museum was recognised as a ‘Recommended Venue of Education’ by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. The Museum is the first in England to receive the award and joins a list of only 17 other venues around the world which are recognised for educating the public in the history and practice of air… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 21-Nov-17

Museum adds two hydrogen peroxide powered helicopters

Museum adds two hydrogen peroxide powered helicopters

Two unique helicopters, developed to use high grade hydrogen peroxide and a silver catalyst chemical reaction to create high pressure steam driving the rotor system, arrived at the Helicopter Museum on 19th July for restoration and display. The aircraft, a single seat Dragonfly DF.1 and two seat Atlas, had their origins in a 1950-60s US military… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 25-Jul-17

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The Helicopter Museum to dispose of A109 and B206 airframes in Jumble Sale

The Helicopter Museum to dispose of A109 and B206 airframes in Jumble Sale

The Helicopter Museum (Registered Charity no 281053) in Weston-super-Mare will be holding its first aero jumble and aviation collectors’ event on Saturday 6th May, raising funds to help preserve it’s unique collection of aircraft. The museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of rotor-craft including the speed record holder G-Lynx and two helicopters of the Queen’s Royal Flight,… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-Apr-17

Wessex Helicopter Restoration goes on Display

Wessex Helicopter Restoration goes on Display

A team at The Helicopter Museum, led by engineering volunteer Eric Butt, has just completed a seven year project to restore a 66 year old Westland Wessex helicopter, originally used by the manufacturer as an avionics development aircraft and then, from 1968, operated by the Royal Navy for anti-submarine and maritime surveillance work. Serialled XM328,… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 06-Dec-16

Museum Acquires A Flying Banana

Museum Acquires A Flying Banana

A rare “Flying Banana” twin rotor helicopter arrived at the Helicopter Museum this week for restoration and future display as part of its collection.A forerunner of the modern Chinook, the aircraft now at the museum is officially a Piasecki H-21 Workhorse, serial number FR41 and was originally built in Pennsylvania for the French Army Air… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Feb-16

Helicopter Museum puts in £2 Million Lottery funds bid

Helicopter Museum puts in £2 Million Lottery funds bid

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has entered a £3 million bid with the UK Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to build new facilities for the collection and its visitors. The museum, which holds the world’s largest line-up of rotary-wing aircraft has set itself a £1 million fund raising target to match-fund a £2 million… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 25-Jan-16

705 NAS visits the Helicopter Museum

705 NAS visits the Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum was thrilled to welcome four aircraft from 705 Naval Air Squadron on 30th July 2015. 11 members of 705 NAS plus the station photographer made the flight down, in formation, taking in several landmarks on the way. The museum is the world’s largest dedicated helicopter museum housing over 80 displayed aircraft including… Read more »

Source: 705 NAS, 14-Sep-15

World Helicopter Day

World Helicopter Day

World Helicopter Day takes place on Sunday August 16th and to mark the occasion The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is going to open up some of its more unusual exhibits, that have rarely been open to the public before. The day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to society and to… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 03-Aug-15

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Helicopter Museum hosts Flight Simulator Convention

Helicopter Museum hosts Flight Simulator Convention

If you have ever wanted to take to the controls of a jumbo jet or test out your top gun fighter pilot skills then you will be able to do just that when the annual Flight Simulator Convention returns to The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare on the 18th and 19th July. Flight simulators will be set… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 06-Jul-15

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Rock Around The Copters For Museums At Night 2015

Rock Around The Copters For Museums At Night 2015

Most people think of museums as quiet, sedate locations but for one night this May, as part of a national cultural initiative, The Helicopter Museum is going to literally ‘rock’ that image with an evening of jive dancing and live swing music. Tickets have gone on sale for a very special ‘Museums At Night’ Charity… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 27-Apr-15

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Decorated Helicopter Rescue Pilot visits Museum

Decorated Helicopter Rescue Pilot visits Museum

On Sunday (29th March ) as part of the Whirly Birds event, pilot Jerry Grayson will visit The Helicopter Museum to see the Westland Whirlwind and Wessex helicopters he flew in the Fleet Air Arm and to sign copies of his new biography ” Rescue Pilot”. Jerry Grayson became the youngest helicopter pilot to ever… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 26-Mar-15

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Helicopters at the Movies

Helicopters at the Movies

A new Exhibition opens at The Helicopter Museum this Saturday. ‘The Helicopter Museum At The Movies’ tells of the part Rotorcraft have played in Hollywood films from the latest modern blockbusters all the way back to the black and white flicks of the 1950’s. On display will be a section of The Beatles Helicopter featured… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 05-Jan-15

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New Arrival at The Helicopter Museum

New Arrival at The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum is Weston-super-Mare, Somerset has taken delivery of a rare Gyrodyne GH-50D DASH (Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter), developed in the 1960s and the first vertical take-off/landing unmanned air system (UAS) in the world to enter operational service. Developed for operation from World War 2 class destroyers that lacked sufficient flight desk space for conventional… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 13-Oct-14

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World Record Holder receives Heritage Award

World Record Holder receives Heritage Award

28 years after setting up a new absolute world speed record for helicopters that is still unbroken ,Westland Lynx G-LYNX at The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare has received a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers(IMechE). Previous recipients have included Concorde,the Mallard locomotive and the Jaguar E- Type. IMechE was originally established… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 29-Sep-14

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PRISM Grants to complete Ultra Light at THM

PRISM Grants to complete Ultra Light at THM

The Helicopter Museum (THM) has successfully secured two grants totalling just over £14,000 from the Arts Council PRISM Fund to complete the restoration of its Fairey Ultra Light helicopter G-AOUJ originally built in 1956 and rediscovered in an Essex farmyard by THM founder Elfan ap Rees in 1978. Following a period in storage, some preliminary… Read more »

Source: THM, 11-Aug-14

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Cockpit Crazy Press Release

Cockpit Crazy Press Release

August is a very special month to visit The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare as, for the first time in its 25 year history, it will allow the public into the cockpits of some of its rare aircraft. “As part of our 25th Anniversary celebrations we are offering the public the chance to climb aboard aircraft… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-Jul-14

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Royal Seal Of Approval For Helicopter Museum team

Royal Seal Of Approval For Helicopter Museum team

The hard work and continued efforts of the work force at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare has been recognised by Buckingham Palace with the group being awarded The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service. This prestigious accolade is the highest award given to volunteer groups in the UK. Winners are chosen by a National Awards Committee and… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 05-Jun-14

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UK – Helicopter Museum Passes 100

UK – Helicopter Museum Passes 100

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-Super-Mare now has more than 100 aircraft in it’s diverse collection gathered from around the world, including a number of unique one-off helicopters and autogyros. The Museum, which celebrates it’s 25th anniversary of opening to the public this year, is planning further expansion to better display the collection. At the end… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 21-Apr-14

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UK Museum opens exhibition – The First Helicopter Rescue

UK Museum opens exhibition – The First Helicopter Rescue

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2014, and to kick-start its year of celebrations it has unveiled an exhibition that charts another important Anniversary in the world of helicopter aviation. “The First Helicopter Rescue” tells the tale of the daring rescue mission that took place 60 years ago in April… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 06-Jan-14

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Helicopter Museum seeks “venerable beast” Alouette III, and more

Helicopter Museum seeks “venerable beast” Alouette III, and more

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare, UK, is seeking two particular aircraft to expand what is already a most impressive line-up of helicopters. In a posting on a popular forum website, the user heli1 – widely believed to be the Chairman of the Museum’s Trustees, Elfan ap Rees – posted a request initially for an Alouette… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 03-Jan-14

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UK Helicopter Museum gains national accreditation

UK Helicopter Museum gains national accreditation

The hard work and professionalism of the Volunteers and Staff of Weston-super-Mare’s Helicopter Museum has been acknowledged by The Arts Council of England, with the aviation attraction being awarded a new National Accreditation Status. The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed standards for museums in the UK. The Helicopter Museum was originally accredited in 1997 but… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 03-Nov-13

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UK – Museum completes restoration of 1950s helicopter engine

UK – Museum completes restoration of 1950s helicopter engine

A Volunteer Team at the Helicopter Museum (THM) at Weston-Super-Mare, affectionately known as “The Yeovilteenies”, has just completed the static restoration of a 1950s De Havilland Gypsy Major piston engine, for display alongside the Saunders-Roe Skeeter Mk.12 helicopter from the same period in the Museum’s collection. The three man team, led by 88 year old… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 03-Jun-13

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 6

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Jun-13

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World Speed Record Holder Gets Back Into The Cockpit

World Speed Record Holder Gets Back Into The Cockpit

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare received a very special guest this week when World Speed Record Holder Trevor Egginton visited the museum to give a unique talk to members of the Empire Test Pilots School in the museums lecture facilities. Piloting the Lynx helicopter, registered G-LYNX, he flew a 15km course across the Somerset Levels… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 22-Apr-13

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 5

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Apr-13

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UK – Helicopter Museum plans expansion

UK – Helicopter Museum plans expansion

The Helicopter Museum (THM) at Weston-super-Mare has appointed Bristol architects Alec French to act as its Stage One lead designer in support of a new Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid. The Practice has previously successfully participated in HLF funded projects at the Underfall Yard and the SS Great Britain in Bristol and the Clifton Suspension… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 18-Feb-13

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Museum opens new display on 1953 Dutch Flood Disaster

Museum opens new display on 1953 Dutch Flood Disaster

With all the severe weather recently it seems quite apt that a new display has opened at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare to mark the 60th Anniversary of The Dutch Flood Disaster. On 1st February 1953 gale force winds and a high spring tide led to the breaching of coastal defences on both sides of the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 11-Feb-13

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 4

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Feb-13

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UK – Helicopter Museum Huey becomes Vietnam film star

UK – Helicopter Museum Huey becomes Vietnam film star

The Helicopter Museum came alive with the sounds of “Action!” and “Cut!” last week as a small film crew recorded a number of scenes for their début feature using one of the more iconic aircraft in the museum’s vast collection. With the use of  some clever lighting angles and a large Green Screen backdrop, the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 07-Jan-13

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Rotodyne models enter Britain’s Helicopter Museum

Rotodyne models enter Britain’s Helicopter Museum

The Museum has put three models of the unique Fairey Rotodyne compound helicopter on display complementing the only surviving sections of the actual aircraft that are also part of the collection. The new models have been transfered to THM from the Imperial War Museum store at Duxford, Cambridge and are on display for the first… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 11-Dec-12

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UK – Helicopter Museum promotes educational offerings

UK – Helicopter Museum promotes educational offerings

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is holding a special Free Educational Open Day on Friday 14th December between 10am and 7pm. “We would like to invite all those who work in the educational sector and who plan group outings and educational activities to visit their local museum  and experience first hand the resources available literally… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 22-Nov-12

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 3

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Nov-12

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 2

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Sep-12

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Battling volunteers save the day at the Helicopter Museum

Battling volunteers save the day at the Helicopter Museum

Lee Mills, General Manager of the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare, asking to nominate his team for an award – read this article to see why.

Source: Museums at Night, 05-Jul-12

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The Helicopter Museum: Newsletter Vol. 1

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Jul-12

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UK – Weston Super HeliDays set for 21-22 July

UK – Weston Super HeliDays set for 21-22 July

The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare has confirmed that the 2012 Weston Super HeliDays fly-in and static helicopter display will take place over the weekend of 21st – 22nd July at the museum’s Weston Airfield Site. Already confirmed is the German Navy and participation from para-public agencies, in addition to a number of visiting civil helicopters… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 18-Jun-12

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The Helicopter Museum gives special access to Royal helicopter

The Helicopter Museum gives special access to Royal helicopter

If you would like to savour the luxury of Her Majesty The Queen’s own helicopter, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will be available over the Bank Holiday weekend of June 2nd – 4th, when The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare opens up its Royal Wessex helicopter to visitors.  Be sure to bring your children and your camera too…. Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 24-May-12

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The Helicopter Museum adds JetRanger

The Helicopter Museum adds JetRanger

The home of the world’s largest helicopter collection, The Helicopter Museum (THM) at Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset, is taking delivery on May 1st of one of the most iconic aircraft ever produced, a JetRanger helicopter. Developed in the mid 1960s, the 5 seat turbine engined JetRanger was one of the first helicopter designs to introduce… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 30-Apr-12

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Helicopter Museum to hold 30th Anniversary Falklands Weekend

Helicopter Museum to hold 30th Anniversary Falklands Weekend

An extra special Falkland’s Conflict commemorative event is to take place at The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare on 19th and 20th May as part of the national ‘Museums at Night 2012’ campaign. Visitors to the museum will be able to meet the ‘troops’ at a living history encampment and military vehicle display on site before the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 10-Apr-12

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Helicopter Museum adds Napier Gazelle engine

Helicopter Museum adds Napier Gazelle engine

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has put on display an early turboshaft engine, whose design dates from the 1950’s. The engine, a Napier Gazelle, is one of several held by the museum, and has recently been restored for static display by volunteers at the Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust at Patchway, Bristol. Kathryn Tucker, the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 30-Jan-12

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UK – Helicopter Museum to host Falklands themed artwork

UK – Helicopter Museum to host Falklands themed artwork

To tie in with the 30th Anniversary of The Falklands Conflict, West Country Artist Rachael Lomas will be exhibiting a brand new selection of artwork at The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare. The exhibition, entitled ‘Inscape Landscape’, will reflect upon the environment of the Falkland Islands and how it may have affected the progress of the… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 07-Jan-12

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Helicopter Museum adds Seaspray Radar

Helicopter Museum adds Seaspray Radar

This week we have taken delivery of a Mk1 Seaspray Radar system, comprising of a scanner, transmitter, receiver, signal processor and control indicator, for our Navy Lynx prototype XX910. Now all we need to do is decide how to use it. Ideally we would like to exhibit it next to the aircraft but our ever… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 19-Dec-11

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House builder donates helicopter sculpture to museum

House builder donates helicopter sculpture to museum

A very unusual donation has been made to The Helicopter Museum by UK housing developer, Barratts which in the past used helicopters as part of its television advertising to sell new homes nationwide. The first UK house builder to use TV advertising, Barratt Homes commissioned the advertising in 1977, initially using a Bell JetRanger and… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 11-Sep-11

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Lecture scheduled on evolution of British helicopter industry

Lecture scheduled on evolution of British helicopter industry

On 24th September, as part of Spotters Weekend, David Gibbings will be giving a daytime lecture at 11am in the Museums Lecture Room entitled THE EVOLUTION OF THE BRITISH HELICOPTER INDUSTRY including a section on the speed record and G-LYNX. There is no additional charge for the lecture, only standard museum entrance with free entry… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 30-Aug-11

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Helicopter Museum completes Heritage Lottery Fund project

Helicopter Museum completes Heritage Lottery Fund project

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare has successfully completed a £387,000 project under a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) programme to upgrade its conservation and educational facilities and introduce new skills training. The four year programme has seen the construction and fit out of a humidity controlled library and archive centre and adjacent film/lecture theatre, as well… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 18-Aug-11

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Helicopter Museum details forthcoming acquisitions

Helicopter Museum details forthcoming acquisitions

The last week has been busy is terms of offers of objects for donation. The latest offerings include manuals and a selection of spares from Yeovil College, a large Gulf war spec Lynx model from MBDA in Stevenage and the remains of a home made small helicopter from a retired Flight Lieutenant in Shropshire. Furthermore,… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 01-Aug-11

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Mini-HeliDays event to run as Czech Air Force confirm Mi-17 and Mi-24

Mini-HeliDays event to run as Czech Air Force confirm Mi-17 and Mi-24

Following a last minute rally led by the Czech Air Force, a Mini-HeliDays event will take place at Weston-super-Mare this year after all, using the Heliport at The Helicopter Museum instead of the traditional sea front venue. Taking place on the weekend of 23rd-24th July, the helicopter line up is expected to include at least… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 18-Jul-11

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World’s Fastest Helicopter returns to museum after four-year restoration

World’s Fastest Helicopter returns to museum after four-year restoration

The World’s Fastest Helicopter returns to The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in July, following a four year restoration to its original 1986 World Speed Record configuration by Apprentices at the AgustaWestland factory in Yeovil, Somerset.  This August marks the 25th Anniversary of the Lynx helicopter setting up the new record at an average 400.87kmph (249.1mph). … Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 22-Jun-11

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Helicopter Museum to run Cockpiteer event in September

Helicopter Museum to run Cockpiteer event in September

Following interest expressed by Cockpiteers in a new Cockpitfest event in the South of England, The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare has offered to provide a venue for the weekend of 10th-11th September 2011. Coinciding with one of the museum’s regular Open Cockpit Days, the new Cockpitfest will offer both indoor and outdoor space for both… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 03-Jun-11

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Helicopter Museum Launches children’s comic

Helicopter Museum Launches children’s comic

It was an exciting day today at The Helicopter Museum as the aviation attraction and local charity launched the first issue of it’s new children’s comic. ‘Weston Heli-Heroes’ is the brain child of Museum Educational Assistant, Thomas Kousiounis who not only wrote the story but designed all the artwork and drafted the comic from scratch…. Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 04-Apr-11

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Helicopter Museum to host Vietnam-theme weekend

Helicopter Museum to host Vietnam-theme weekend

The in Weston-super-Mare has announced the theme of this years ‘Museums At Night’ event at the famous aviation attraction and the theme this year is ‘The Vietnam Conflict’. During the weekend of May 14th and 15th, visitors to the museum will be able to meet G. I’s in authentic period uniform care of several local… Read more »

Source: Helicopter Museum, 11-Mar-11

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The Helicopter Museum to open exhibition on “Developing an Archive”

The Helicopter Museum to open exhibition on “Developing an Archive”

A new Exhibition is set to open next month at The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare. ‘Developing An Archive’ will tell the story of how the famous aviation attraction has managed to gather a plethora of rotor craft documentation over the past 50 years and subsequently been able to build one of the largest archives on… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 31-Jan-11

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Helicopter museum seeks volunteers to restore Fairey Ultralight

Helicopter museum seeks volunteers to restore Fairey Ultralight

Britain’s Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare is seeking volunteers to help them complete the restoration of Fairey Ultralight G-AOUJ.  This two seat tip-jet helicopter with a gross weight of 817kg was developed just over fifty years ago, but cancelled after the UK military dropped their interest in it, and manufacturers Fairey found civil interest very muted… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 17-Jan-11

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UK’s Helicopter Museum adds A109 from Italy’s Guardia di Finanza

UK’s Helicopter Museum adds A109 from Italy’s Guardia di Finanza

The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has secured another First for a UK aviation collection, with the addition of an ex-Italian Guardia di Finanza Agusta A109GdiF helicopter. The aircraft is the first all-Italian aircraft and second addition this year to the Museum’s helicopter collection. The helicopter was unveiled by UK Tourism Minister John Penrose… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 10-Oct-10

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Helicopter Museum ready to add an A109?

Helicopter Museum ready to add an A109?

The Helicopter Museum, based in Weston-super-Mare in the UK is set to unveil a new exhibit tomorrow. Britain’s Tourism Minister John Penrose MP will be in attendance as Guest of Honour – he is also the local Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare. On 28th September story, he noted on his website of his “dismay as… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 07-Oct-10

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Heritage award for The Helicopter Museum

Heritage award for The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum site on the airfield at Weston-super-Mare has been recognised by The Transport Trust as a Transport Heritage site, in recognition of its connection with the manufacturing of helicopters in the town between 1955 and 2002. The occasion will be marked with the unveiling of a special Red Wheel Plaque at The Helicopter… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 06-Sep-10

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Helicopter Museum to host “BAC 100” hangar dance

Helicopter Museum to host “BAC 100” hangar dance

Tickets went on sale this week for a special one night only event to celebrate 100 years of aviation heritage in the South West. As part of the BAC 100 Celebrations marking the 100th Anniversary of the birth of the aviation industry in the West of England, The Helicopter Museum is hosting a Period Hangar… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 04-Aug-10

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UK’s Helicopter Museum to add 360 degree virtual tours to website

UK’s Helicopter Museum to add 360 degree virtual tours to website

ONE of the region’s top tourist attractions is geared up to give potential visitors a guided tour – before they even leave home. The Helicopter Museum, on Locking Moor Road in Weston-Super-Mare, is using the latest technology to provide a 360-degree virtual tour on its website – and the good news is that it hasn’t… Read more »

Source: The Helicopter Museum, 19-Feb-10

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UK’s Helicopter Museum takes delivery of Mi-8 from Poland

UK’s Helicopter Museum takes delivery of Mi-8 from Poland

The Helicopter Museum (THM) at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset has secured another rotary-wing coup with the acquisition of the first Russian Mil Mi-8 transport helicopter to go on display in the country.  The 18m (60ft) long aircraft, previously in service with the Polish Air Force, arrived at the museum by road on 5th February. THM Chairman… Read more »

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Helicopter Museum to run Flight Simulation event

Source: Rotorhub, 09-Apr-09

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