UK Helicopter Museum celebrates 30 years
The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.
On 3 November 1989, the Museum was officially opened by HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who arrived at the site by air in a Wessex HC.4 of the Queens Royal Flight. Now exactly 30 years later to the day, that very same helicopter (now part of the museums World Famous collection) will be opened up to the public for one day only as part of a very special Anniversary event.
“We have been holding Open Cockpit Days at the Museum since it first opened” said Museum Manager, Lee Mills “So it only seems right that we hold one on our 30th Anniversary. However to make it extra special we will be opening up a couple of our VVIP helicopters to the public for the first time.”
While visitors can take the rare opportunity to sit in the Queens very own seat aboard her Royal Flight Wessex Helicopter they will also be able to climb aboard G-LYNX, The World Speed Record Holder and learn the history of this very special aircraft. Other aircraft will also be opened up and manned by Volunteers including the Museums Hind Russian Gunship, its Vietnam Huey and recently returned Mil-8.
Over its 30 year history The Helicopter Museum has seen a lot of changes with substantial growth in both size and acquisitions. From humble beginnings it now proudly hosts the Worlds Largest Helicopter Collection and stands as one of Weston-super-Mare’s most popular Visitor Attractions. The Museum is currently in the middle of major site development with a new purpose built Visitor Services Facility due to open next Spring. The 30th Anniversary Open Cockpit.