Helicopter redecorates ‘gate guardian’ sculpture

PUBLISHED: 21:00 29 August 2018

The sculpture has been moved to the Helicopter Museum's gate.

The sculpture has been moved to the Helicopter Museum's gate.


Weston’s Helicopter Museum has placed an aircraft structure by its entrance to act as a ‘gate guardian’.

In 2011, a full-size model of a Bell JetRanger was donated to the museum by Barratt Homes.

Now, the sculpture has been redecorated and will be one of the first things visitors see when arriving at the museum.

General manager, Lee Mills, said: “The Barratt Homes helicopters are such great examples of rotorcraft in popular culture so we are delighted to add their story to the museum.

“The JetRanger has been restored, repainted and raised on to stilts acting as the perfect gate guardian to the museum, and fitted with solar-powered lights to illuminate the sculpture during evenings.”

The sculpture is part of a larger project to improve the appearance of the museum’s exterior, including opening a new visitor services extension next year.

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