Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Wed 09 Jan 2019, 10:57 am

Historic Helicopters & Westland Wasp Historic Flight Open Day

9.30AM to 4PM on Saturday 2nd February 2019 at Chard Equestrian, Higher Purtington Showfield, Chard, Somerset, TA18 8QY

Whirlwind HAR10 XJ729
Wessex HU5 XT761
Wessex HU5 XT771
Sea King HAR3 XZ597
Sea King HC4 ZF122
Wasp HAS1 XT787

Entrance fee is a £10 donation (flights and lunch extra)

Introduction to Wasp XT787
Ground School available for Supporters (Safety around Helicopters, Navigation and Radios)
Possible Helicopter flights (depending on the weather)
Meet the Aircrew and Engineers who fly and maintain these unique Helicopters
Meet veterans who worked in, on or supporting these Helicopters
An extensive range of souvenirs and merchandise will be on sale

For further details please contact:

mark@historichelicopters.com

We are just off the A30 between Cricket St Thomas and Crewkerne The postcode is TA18 8QY but don’t trust your Satnav, you will end up at Hill Dairy Farm!

If you are coming from Chard you will pass Cricket St Thomas on the right, the Cricket St Thomas Golf Club on the left and The Windwhistle Inn on the left. As you continue to climb up the hill you will see a large lay-by on the left and immediately after that a brown sign for “Chard Equestrian Centre” – turn right.

If you are coming from Crewkerne you will pass through Maincombe and Roundham before climbing up the hill through a wooded area. Towards the end of the wooded area, look out for the brown sign for “Chard Equestrian Centre” – turn left.

Approximately 0.25 miles along that road turn right into Chard Equestrian. The gate has a sensor, so drive slowly up to the gate and it will open automatically. We are in the large brown hangar at the bottom of the hill and the double entrance doors are towards the left hand end of the hangar as you look at it.
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby Dan O'Hagan on Wed 09 Jan 2019, 10:59 am

That sounds like an excellent event, and one which bucks the depressing recent trend in the hobby by charging a very reasonable admission fee.
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Thu 10 Jan 2019, 8:31 am

Dan,

Many thanks for the positive feedback. We hope to see you on 2 Feb. Cheers!

JG
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Thu 17 Jan 2019, 1:41 pm

A quick update – dependent on demand and weather, Air Experience Flights will be available in an AB206B JetRanger II

£30 per person based on 4 passengers per flight

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 2nd February!
JOLLY GREEN

Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby Seamus on Thu 17 Jan 2019, 2:39 pm

A couple of questions if you don't mind, will the Wasp and/or Whirlwind intended to be flown on the day? And are any other visiting helicopters expected, as per previous events?
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Fri 18 Jan 2019, 9:33 am

Seamus,

Unfortunately, the Whirlwind is currently undergoing long term and in-depth maintenance. She is in an advanced stage of strip down so will definitely not be flying.

I am waiting to hear back from Terry whether he intends to fly the Wasp and regarding any visiting Helicopters. I'll update you ASAP.

Cheers!
JOLLY GREEN

Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Fri 18 Jan 2019, 10:57 am

Seamus,

I have heard back from Terry and his intention is to have the Wasp on static display only.

I'll keep you updated regarding visiting Helicopters.

Cheers!
JOLLY GREEN

Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby Seamus on Fri 18 Jan 2019, 1:04 pm

Thanks for taking the time to find out and reply, much appreciated :clap:
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Thu 31 Jan 2019, 10:01 am

Latest update - We are pleased to announce that our Family of Westland Helicopters will be joined at our Open Day on Saturday by Gazelle HT2 XX436 (in RN "Sharks" colour scheme) from our friends at The Gazelle Squadron.

Depending on weather and aircraft serviceability, timings are: ETA 1100 ETD 1400.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 2nd February!
JOLLY GREEN

Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Fri 01 Feb 2019, 8:26 am

Open Day Saturday 2 Feb 0930-1600

Latest update - In addition to the Air Experience Flights below, we will be joined by another example of the classic, pioneering and ubiquitous JetRanger on static display (Timings TBC and depending on weather and aircraft serviceability)

Dependent on demand and weather, Air Experience Flights will be available in the classic AB206B JetRanger II. £30 per person (all proceeds to Charity) based on 4 passengers per flight.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby AMB on Fri 01 Feb 2019, 11:07 am

'Dependent on weather'...hmmm? :whistle:
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Mon 04 Feb 2019, 8:50 am

A huge thank you to all the enthusiasts, friends and supporters who battled the snow to join us at our Open Day on Saturday. We hope that you all enjoyed the day and look forward to welcoming you back to Historic Helicopters. Watch this space for updates regarding future events.

AMB - It wasn't that bad! Kev from The Gazelle Squadron made it in the "Sharks" Gazelle following a monumental effort. The visiting JetRanger made it from the Weymouth area. Also, quite a few visitors enjoyed pleasure flights in our very own JetRanger.

On behalf of Historic Helicopters and the Westland Wasp Historic Flight – thank you all for your continued support!
JOLLY GREEN

Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby Jakesplanes on Mon 04 Feb 2019, 1:06 pm

I’d love to see some pics from this. Gutted to be living overseas occasionally!
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby AMB on Mon 04 Feb 2019, 2:47 pm

JOLLY GREEN wrote:AMB - It wasn't that bad! Kev from The Gazelle Squadron made it in the "Sharks" Gazelle following a monumental effort. The visiting JetRanger made it from the Weymouth area. Also, quite a few visitors enjoyed pleasure flights in our very own JetRanger.



..but none of these turned up?

Whirlwind HAR10 XJ729
Wessex HU5 XT761
Wessex HU5 XT771
Sea King HAR3 XZ597
Sea King HC4 ZF122
Wasp HAS1 XT787

Alas I am in Wiltshire and completely snowed in on the day.
Please reschedule later in the year and get even more helicopters especially that Hiller 12E based near Winchester in US Army colours! :worship:
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Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby JOLLY GREEN on Mon 04 Feb 2019, 3:07 pm

AMB - All of the aircraft on your list, except the Wasp, are permanently based here.

The Wasp is spending the winter with us and she was included in the guided tour of the hangar where Whirlwind XJ729, Wessex XT761 and Sea King XZ597 were available for inspection.

The small hangar where Wessex XT771 and Sea King ZF122 are stored could not be accessed due to the heavy snowfall.

I have been trying to contact the owner of that Hiller but have not received a reply.

Cheers!
JOLLY GREEN

Re: Historic Helicopters & Wasp Open Day 2 Feb 19

Postby capercaillie on Mon 04 Feb 2019, 3:21 pm

Pah! Poor effort.

You could have at least got six or seven burly types to heave them above their heads and run around the field fast enough to make the rotors spin, make it look authentic flight type shots. At least that would have satisfied those that didn't go! :whistle:

Must try harder next time. :handbag:
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