Helicopter returns to Weston-super-Mare after six decades

PUBLISHED: 10:17 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:17 18 June 2018

The Sycamore has returned to the UK for the first time in more than 46 years.

The Sycamore has returned to the UK for the first time in more than 46 years.

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The world’s last operational Bristol 171 Sycamore helicopter has returned to Weston-super-Mare, 60 years after it was built.

The aircraft has landed at The Helicopter Museum, in Locking Moor Road, where it will remain on 
display to the public until the end 
of the air festival in Weston on Sunday.

Sycamores were made from 1955-59 by the Bristol Aeroplane Company at its Oldmixon factory on Weston Airfield and were the first British helicopters to receive a certificate of airworthiness.

Siegfried Schwarz, chief helicopter pilot with the Flying Bulls Display Team and the only pilot qualified to fly a Sycamore, said it was brilliant to get into the cockpit.

Siegfried added:: “It is an incredible feeling because it took us 10 years to get the helicopter airborne, get my licence and everything else and then finally we made it to Great Britain, and to the home of the Sycamore.”

Until the Weston flight, a Sycamore had not flown in the UK for more than 46 years.

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