27-Jun-2012 Source: Fleet Air Arm Museum
The new exhibition will display the largest collection of Falklands aircraft. It will include two Sea Harriers, the Westland Sea King which was piloted by HRH The Prince Andrew and a captured Argentinean Agusta109 helicopter which was later used by British Special Forces.
Attending the exhibition opening will be Rear Admiral Chris Parry who, as Lt Parry, was the Observer in HMS Antrimâ€™s Wessex helicopter, which was instrumental in the destruction of the Argentinean submarine Santa Fe. His helicopter, which bears several shrapnel holes from the conflict, will form part of this major exhibition.
Other Falklands War veterans attending the opening will include Lt Commander Dave Morgan DSC, Sea Harrier pilot, and Captain Michael Clapp, who was in charge of amphibious warfare throughout the Campaign along with other eminent Falklands veterans.
One of the more unusual exhibits is the underside of a table! The table was regularly used as a shelter on board Royal Fleet Auxilary Ship Fort Austin whilst she was under attack. Those taking shelter wrote graffiti on the underside of the table. One example reads â€œLt Rayner 826 Squadron did on 25th May 1982 hide his timerous body under this table yet again believing that if he couldnâ€™t see the Mirages, they certainly couldnâ€™t see him.â€
The Exhibition will be opened by Rear Admiral L E Middleton CB DSO at 12.30