Helicopter museum to help produce Tom Cruise film

12:02 25 February 2013

Top Gun star Tom Cruise.

Top Gun star Tom Cruise.

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FILM star Tom Cruise will have a Weston tourist attraction to thank the next time he saves the world.

A diverse range of helicopter parts have been assembled from The Helicopter Museum on Locking Moor Road to help build an Augusta Westland Lynx helicopter that will feature in Cruise’s latest sci-fi flick All You Need is Kill.

The museum, which exhibits the 1986 world speed record holder, will play a key role in bringing the chopper to the big screen in the feature film co-staring Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

Restoration manager, Rod Holloway, oversaw the preparation of all the parts needed, including rotor blades and a rocket launcher.

He said: “It was quite a comprehensive list of items that they needed to complete the build and I was thrilled to be able to locate and prep all the aircraft parts they required.

“We are quite used to production companies filming scenes in our helicopters here, but this is the first time that our exhibits have been used to build an actual helicopter for a major motion picture.”

Based on a Japanese novel the film sees the Top Gun star play Bill Cage, a man caught in a time loop, continually reliving a battle against an unrelenting alien race.

The film is due to be released in the UK in March next year.

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