|Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh visited The Helicopter Museum, in the afternoon of Friday 20th July 2007, to unveil a plaque commemorating the opening of the new Engineering and Conservation Hangar. The Hangar, recently completed, was built using money largely raised by the Volunteers and the Friends.||The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at 2.35 pm and the Queen, following a visit to a Childrens' Centre, joined him to unveil the plaque. They both signed the visitor book before departing together, by helicopter, for London. Nearly a hundred Volunteers and Sponsor representatives, who have supported The Museum since it was opened in 1988, attended.|
|The Duke of Edinburgh was shown the Museum
displays by Elfan ap Rees, Founder of The Museum and Chairman of
Trustees. He was introduced to the Restoration Manager, Steve Whittaker,
who introduced him to several Conservation Team Leaders. The Duke
then went into the new hangar to have informal conversations with many
of the Trustees, Staff, Volunteers and Sponsors who had gathered there.
Following the arrival of the Queen, she and the Duke spent some time looking at
Westland Wessex HCC.4, XV733, acquired by The Museum in 2001 after 25 years service with the Queen's Flight. After formally opening the new
Conservation Hangar and signing the Museum visitor book the Queen, the
Duke and members of the Royal party left in Sikorsky S-76C, G-XXEA.
A few days previously Chairman of Trustees, Elfan ap Rees had said "We all feel tremendously honoured to be hosting the Queen on this auspicious occasion. The visit is a huge tribute to the Volunteers and Sponsors who have kept the faith and made The Museum such a success".
|Westland Whirlwind HCC.12||Sikorsky S-76C|
|Three generations of Royal
Helicopters Above, Left to right are:-
Westland Whirlwind HCC.12,
Westland Wessex HCC.4
Photo © Rod Holloway
|The Royal Helicopters 1947 - 1998|