Thursday, 31 March 2011

Fairey Ultralight restoration - update

We are delighted to have received a kind donation from J&L Industrial Paint Services Limited to help us with restoration of the Fairey Ultralight.

John, who has been supplying paint and associated products to the aviation industry for more years than he cares to remember, is managing director of the company and personally visited the museum to take samples of the original paintwork from the Ultralight. John is now working to create a colour match so we can restore parts of the aircraft to match existing, undamaged areas.

A huge 'thank you' is due to John and his company for supporting this unique project.

I will post some photo's as the project progresses.

Lynx restoration - update

I've been in touch with Dave Lloyd at RNAS Yeovilton who has sent the following photos of XX910 - quite a difference!

The engine bays remain empty at present although it seems that 2 engines have been agreed for use subject to addressing some formalities. Other items are shelved awaiting fitting, including a set of survival packs.

In the cockpit, flying controls have been put together and a set of dual controls await fitment. The main original airframe paint has been much improved by a day's t-cutting and waxing too.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

US Navy supports Japan

Take a look at this YouTube video, it shows the US Navy supporting the recovery effort in Japan

New acquisition - Eric Myall collection

Today we have taken delivery of a large collection of paperwork from the late Eric Myall, an aviation enthusiast and researcher.

Now begins the huge task of cataloguing it all! By our reckoning, the 16 items we have catalogued represents just 1-2% of the whole collection, which includes books, magazines, journals, loose papers and apparently a manuscript for an unpublished book written by Myall himself. No doubt more will be revealed as we make our way through the collection.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Wootton Bassett to get 'Royal' title in war dead honour

Wootton Bassett is to be the first town in more than 100 years to be given the title of "Royal" in recognition of its efforts to honour the UK's war dead

Saturday, 12 March 2011

A helicopter tour around Montserrat

Here is a link to a blog detailing a helicopter trip around volcanic Montserrat.

Museums At Night

The Helicopter Museum has announced the theme for this year's Museum At Night event; the Vietnam conflict.

The event will be held over the weekend of 14th/15th May when visitors to the museum will be able to meet G. I’s in authentic period uniform care of several local re-enactment societies who will be supporting the event. The museums very own UH-1H “Huey” helicopter will also be opened up to the public for two days only for visitors to climb inside the cockpit of a military aircraft that actually experienced combat in the Vietnam War, and if that was not enough there will be over 40 flight simulators of various shapes and sizes in the hangars for visitors to 'fly'.

For more information about the event visit the following websites:

Thursday, 10 March 2011

'Inspired Engineering' lecture in Bristol

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery is to host a lecture on 7th April 2011, exploring the ways in which nature can and has influenced engineering.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Lynx restoration - update

Some images of XX910 under restoration at RNAS Yeovilton

Stars of Time

Watch out Daleks!! Dr Who is coming to the Helicopter Museum!!!!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

RAF Museum celebrates 75 years of Spitfire Take a look at what's happening at Cosford.

FSC Weston 2011

The Virtual Red Arrows are pleased to announce they have secured their first booking of the year for a live flight at the UK's biggest Flight Simulator Convention Weekend in May.

Some of the team will be at the event hosted at the Weston Super Mare Helicopter Museum in the UK., on 14th and 15th May. They will be flying a live 9 ship show displayed at the event (and possibly streamed).

The VEAO Typhoon will also be displaying live along with a demo of DCS:A-10C

Museums in Somerset

On Monday I attended a meeting with the Museums in Somerset group and I was delighted to hear that Somerset will keep our Museum Development Officer, Natalie Watson, for the coming year.

Delegates were also lucky enough to have a guided tour around our host venue; the new Somerset Heritage Centre in Taunton. The facilities are wonderful! We heard that the Museums in Somerset group will be accomodated in their future website development, which is currently in the planning stages, a presence which will unite museums across the County allowing us to really shout about what we have to offer.