Museum Events

Copter-Fest – 17th & 18th August 2019
Update 03 - 07.08.19

Over the years we have built up a good selection of helicopters in the museum collection. Something that was added to with the Puma, Chinook and Lynx helicopters coming into our care in 2018. These now represent around 10% of our collection.

In addition we often have military and civilian helicopters landing in our Southfield Site, for both training purposes and also just visiting the museum or the local area.

The raised levels of interest in such rotary exhibits and ‘traffic’ encouraged us to launch our new Copter-Fest event, which this year takes place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August. The event on the Sunday will coincide with the 2019 International Helicopter Day.

The aim of Copter-Fest is to celebrate the helicopters in our collection and to give visitors the chance to take a look inside them, something that is not always possible. In addition we have sent out invitations to various groups and organisations who we envisage will visit us for the weekend to display their helicopter related items.

If you would like to join us at this rotary event please email us via this link

The full list of our helicopter/rotary collection is as follows:

Bensen gyrocopter: G-ASNY
Bristol Sycamore III: WT933
BV Chinook HC.1 (fuselage): ZA717
Saunders Roe Skeeter AOP.12: XL764
Sud-Aviation SA.341 Gazelle: F-ZWRI / XW276
Sud Puma HC.1: XW208
Westland Lynx HC.28: QP-31
Westland (Bell 47) Sioux AH.1: XT200
Westland Wessex HC.2: XV728
Westland Whirlwind HAS.7: XM685
Zurowski ZP.1: BAPC 183

The visiting displays formally booked in so far include:

Mainly Military Models display
Stephen Dring 3D display/sales
Airfield Research Group display
Bikini State – RAF Regiment display/re-enactors     
Airborne Comrades Association – displaying kit, webbing & weaponry
Martin Brookfield – Wessex Display (Sunday only)
Robert Adams – Sales Stall
RSPB   – The Work of the RSPB with Display/Membership
Andy Rawden – Westland Lynx AH.7 XZ220 & display (Award winning exhibit)
ASR & Marine Craft Club display
John Carpenter – Sales Stall


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