Helicopter to return to Weston home after six decades

PUBLISHED: 21:00 04 June 2018

The Bristol 171 Sycamore helicopter.

The Bristol 171 Sycamore helicopter.

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The world’s last Bristol 171 Sycamore helicopter will return to Weston next week, 60 years after it was first built.

The historic aircraft was manufactured at the Bristol Aeroplane Company factory in Oldmixon from 1955-59.

The Sycamore was the first British-designed helicopter to serve in the RAF, and the final airworthy model is due to be based at The Helicopter Museum’s Duke of Edinburgh Hangar, in Locking Moor Road, from Monday to June 24.

When the privately-owned aircraft arrives it will be six decades since it left Weston for Germany in 1958 and the first Sycamore flight in the UK since 1972.

Since its retirement, the helicopter was moved to Switzerland where it was repainted in RAF colours in 1988.

It was eventually sold to the Flying Bulls display team in Austria 18 years later.

The Helicopter Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of rotorcraft.

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