Museum turns into a battleground for TV filming
PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 January 2012
WESTON'S Helicopter Museum was transformed into a battleground when an American film crew touched down.
The crew was filming a new episode of hit American television show Seconds From Disaster, called Black Hawk Down.
The episode recreated the ill-fated American military mission into Somalia in 1993, and saw sections of the Locking-based museum’s hangar transformed into a Marines barracks while a helicopter from the museum collection was modified to resemble the Black Hawk of the title.
Museum volunteer Rod Holloway acted as aviation technical advisor, and said: “I had to instruct the actors playing the flight crew about preparing the aircraft for take off, the in-flight controls and emergency crash landing procedures.
“The scenes had to look extremely realistic and as accurate as possible. A giant Green Screen was erected behind the helicopter and a wind machine blasted the poor actors in the back with sand to make it appear as though they were actually landing in Mogadishu.”