Friends of The Helicopter Museum

Weston Helidays Gallery 2009

The 19th Weston Helidays opened on Friday 24th July and continued until Sunday 26th July 2009. One of the early   arrivals, under a threatening sky, was an Agusta A109E Power Elite, ZR322, from No.32 (The Royal) Squadron RAF, based at Northolt and used for VIP transport.
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First to arrive was 22 Sqn's WS61 Sea King HAR3A, ZH544, from RMB Chivenor, on standby for SAR duties.  Agusta A109BA, H-45, from the Belgian Air Component, Bierset, is configured as an attack helicopter. Approaching Beach Lawns, from over the sea, was WS Puma HC1, XW214, from 33 Sqn at RAF Benson.
Enstrom 280FX Shark, G-PBYY, flew in from Gloucestershire. Built in 1993 it is owned by Bob Morgan. From the German Army Air Corps was this Sikorsky CH-53G, serial 84+84, built by VFW-Fokker in the 1970s This MBB Bo105DBS-4, G-NDAA, is based at Filton, Bristol, and operated by the Great Western Air Ambulance.
Robinson R44 Raven II, G-ROTG. Owned by Rotorflight Ltd at Bristol Flight Centre, it was built in 2006.  Brantly B.2B, G-AWDU, built in 1968, hover-taxies into its static display position beside Bell 47G-5, G-BAXS. French Air Force AS 555AN Fennec, 5441/VO, is powered by two 340kw Turbomeca turbines.


From the Army Air Corps Historic Flight came this Westland Scout AH1, XT626. It joined the Flight in 1994.  Robinson R22 Beta, G-BYIE, flew in from Ewenny in South Wales. It is owned by Givens Aviation. Privately owned but on loan to the AACHF, the Saro Skeeter AOP Mk12, XL812 (G-SARO), arrived by road.
John Henshall's Eurocopter EC120B, G-FEDA, was one of the early arrivals on the Friday. It was built in 2000. Another view of the forty one year old Brantly B.2B, G-AWDU, ser.481, on its first Helidays for many years. Michael Cuttell's SE3130 Alouette 2, as V-54 with Swiss AF markings, at The Museum after leaving Helidays.
Thanks for above three photos to Museum volunteers Steve Sullivan (left and centre) and Martin Sirett (right).
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