HISTORIC FLIGHT

World's last flying Bristol 171 Sycamore helicopter will return home to Weston-super- Mare this month...

THE WORLD’S last flying Bristol 171 Sycamore helicopter will return home to Weston-super- Mare this month when it flies to the Helicopter Museum 60 years after it was built.

The historic aircraft is due to land at the museum on Monday, June 11 and be based in its Duke of Edinburgh Hangar until Sunday, June 24.

It will be the UK’s first Sycamore flight in 46 years.

Sycamores were the first British helicopter to receive a certificate of airworthiness and the first British designed helicopter to serve with the Royal Air Force.

The aircraft were built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, firstly at its Filton factory and then from 1955 59 at its Oldmixon factory after all helicopter design and manufacturing was moved to Weston-super- Mare.

Bristol 171 Sycamore XG545/OE-XSY made its first flight from the historic Weston Airfield on February 3, 1958, before being delivered to the West German Navy in VIP configuration and later transferring to the German Air Force.

The aircraft is visiting the UK to appear as a grounded, static display at several air shows. The museum is awaiting an estimated time of arrival.

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