Museum turns into a battleground for TV filming

PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 January 2012

Filming taking place at the museum

Filming taking place at the museum

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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.”

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