Weston's Helicopter Museum to mark 30th anniversary on Sunday

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 November 2019

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew opening Weston Helicopter Museum November 3rd 1989.     Picture: WESTON MERCURY

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew opening Weston Helicopter Museum November 3rd 1989. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

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A Weston museum which attracts interest from across the globe is celebrating 30 years of success this weekend.

Helicopter Museum interior.Helicopter Museum interior.

The Helicopter Museum, in Locking Moor Road, will mark its 30th anniversary on Sunday.

Founded by enthusiast Elfan Ap Rees, the museum holds the world's largest helicopter collection, with more than 80 rotorcraft on display.

It was opened on November 3, 1989 by Prince Andrew, the Duke Of York, who arrived by air in a Wessex HC.4 of the Queen's Royal Flight - an aircraft which is now exhibited at the museum.

Mr Ap Rees told the Mercury he could not have foreseen the success of the museum, which is one of three of its kind in the world,

Prince Andrew visits Weston Helicopter Museum to open a new hanger.
24-6-02                D3-16-02-5aPrince Andrew visits Weston Helicopter Museum to open a new hanger. 24-6-02 D3-16-02-5a

He said: "The museum has had 30 years of success. We have a unique collection of helicopters, some of which people won't see anywhere else in the world.

"The museum has grown and it has been enjoyable to watch it grow and watch the people who have helped it grow.

"Some people who have volunteered here have gone on to get their helicopter licence and start a career in aviation.

"By having different events at the museum, it has introduced people who may never have thought to come in to see the aircraft as well as the aviation history of Weston."

His Royal Highness Prince Andrew opening Weston Helicopter Museum November 3rd 1989.     Picture: WESTON MERCURYHis Royal Highness Prince Andrew opening Weston Helicopter Museum November 3rd 1989. Picture: WESTON MERCURY

On Sunday members of the public are welcome to celebrate the anniversary at the museum from 10am-4pm.

Visitors will have the rare opportunity to sit in the Queen's Royal Flight Wessex Helicopter, climb aboard the G-LYNX, the world speed record holder and other aircraft such as the Hind Russian Gunship, the Vietnam Huey and the Mil-8.

The museum is currently in the middle of major site development with a new visitor services facility due to open in the spring.

Mr Ap Rees added: "We're looking to expand the museum and we are also on the look out for more helicopters.

Elfan ApRees and members of the restoration team unveil a new exhibit at Weston Helicopter Museum.
18-12-02             DigitalCameraElfan ApRees and members of the restoration team unveil a new exhibit at Weston Helicopter Museum. 18-12-02 DigitalCamera

"We also want to be seen as a community resource, the visitor facility will have a cafe and leisure space.

"We get people from all around the world coming to visit the museum but we would like to welcome more people who live in and around the area."

To find out more about the museum, log on to www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk

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