Membership cards, allowing free entry to The Museum, will expire at the end of this year - 31st December 2015.
Please continue to support The Museum in this new, free, way.
Thank you for all your support and patience over the past few years. The Museum Trustees have now confirmed that ALL Friends Membership Cards will have their benefits withdrawn at 31st December 2015, including those of Life Members.
My personal apologies for not finding a way to provide you with regular newsletters - our committee has been very small over the last couple of years. A new Museum-run, email-based, membership scheme is mooted for 2016.
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We have now passed over another 100 making 700 so far, and will be attending the Christmas Fayre with our variety stall.
Thank you for all your support and I hope you will embrace the new free scheme on offer. G-BKGD returned home on 30 July 2015 after five years on loan to City of Bristol College, who conduct engineering training for a number of major companies within the aircraft industry.
G-BKGD was the second WG-30 prototype, built at Yeovil and delivered to British Airways Helicopters (BAH) in October 1982.
It was initially based at North Denes to service the gas drilling industry in the southern North Sea but subsequently spent three years on the Penzance/Scilly Islands scheduled passenger service. On transfer to The Helicopter Museum in 1995, G-BKGD was intended for use as an engine running demonstrator but remained in storage until 2010.
The American Helicopter Society (AHS) has presented Friends Member, David Gibbings MBE, with their prestigious John J. The annual award, presented on 6th May at their 71st Annual Forum in Virginia Beach, recognises distinguished achievement in encouraging appreciation of, and enhancing access to, the history and legacy of vertical flight aircraft.