Saturday, 30 April 2011

Skeeter airframes

The Skeeter pods are now all back in storage and are not accessible to the general public. Please do not ask for a 'special' viewing as we cannot accommodate.

Consideration is being given to holding a one-off viewing weekend later in the year so please keep an eye on the website and this blog for details.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

A rare chance to see Skeeter airframes - if you're quick!

We are taking advantage of the nice weather this week and have spent most of today tidying up our site with the help of a hiab.

AgustaWestland kindly donated us a number of containers to use to store some of our spares and today thay have been moved to their final resting place. This has involved the containers being emptied - one of which was home to 4 Skeeter airframes that we acquired earlier this year.

If you are quick, you might catch a glimpse of the airframes before they go back into storage. They are currently in our holding bay in the restoration hangar...but not for long!


 If you've ever wondered why museums need to be so vigilant about pests, have a look at this news report.....

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Wow! Amazing airshow statistic

Airshows attract seven million people annually - second only to football.

That is the statistic cited in the latest issue of Transport Digest, whilst discussing the Avro Vulcan and its ability to increase attendance at an airshow by 20-40% !

The Spring 2011 issue of Transport Digest also includes an article marking the passing of the Bristol Car Company which inevitably details the development of the helicopter division here in sunny Weston-super-Mare.

Somerset Heritage Attractions

Why not see what Somerset has to offer by looking at these videos on YouTube. From industrial attractions to cricket and even a toy and radio museum, Somerset truly has an eclectic mix of entertainment to offer...

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Missing Army helicopter

See this link for information about a helicopter that has gone missing near China.

Museums at Night 2011

The evening of Saturday 14th May will be an exciting one at The Helicopter Museum as we host a retro disco in celebration of Museum at Night 2011. 

The 1960's/70's disco forms only part of our Vietnam Themed Weekend. During Saturday and Sunday from 10am our hangars will be taken over by 40 flight simulators, and there will also be a 'Living History' Vietnam camp and the chance to climb aboard a Huey helicopter which saw active service in Vietnam. Visit the FSC website for more details at

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Developing an Archive Exhibition

Our Summer exhibition 'Developing an Archive' is now open and will run until late September. If you have ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at the museum now is your chance to find out....

Spotter's Weekend

Every so often we open our doors for extra special events and this weekend is a Spotter's Weekend.

Visitors have the opportunity to be part of special tours around the museum including the areas holding our reserve collections which are usually out of bounds to the public. This is a unique opportunity for Spotters to get up-close to some of the airframes and spend time with like-minded individuals.

The next opportunity will be September...

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

New scissor lift

At last, we have a new (ish) scissor lift and 6 trained personnel to use it!

This should really help us with our inspections programme, we have tended to neglect rotor heads from our surveys as we have been unable to gain access to them, as is the case with a number of our larger aircraft.

This week the Dauphin has been inspected and reported on - nothing too drastic found thankfully. Just some minor corrosion and missing parts, nothing we can't handle!

Friday, 8 April 2011

A busy busy week!

What a week it has been! The sun has been shining and we have had visitors a plenty, including those on special tours. yesterday saw the arrival of a group of test engineers who, led by David Gibbings the author of 'Fairey Rotodyne', enjoyed guided tours, a buffet lunch and a lecture delivered by David himself.

David is all too familiar with a number of our aircraft having spent much of his career as a flight test engineer. See our Friend's website for more information on David and the Rotodyne book.

I have also spent the last few days with a first year History student who approached the museum some time ago seeking some experience within a heritage environment. Daniel has had a varied few days here which I hope will hold him in good stead for the future. Daniel's most noteworthy contribution has been  finalising our 2011 exhibition, including the long task of proof reading. Patience,  of course, being a truly valuable skill to have in the museum world!

We have also been steadily making our way through the Eric Myall collection, and now have some extra floor space in the office  as a result. No doubt this space will be filled again very soon....