Museums at Night 2011: Helicopter Disco, May 14 2011, and Flight Simulator Convention, May 14-15 2011, Helicopter Museum, Weston-Super-Mare
From the airfield to the sky, the Helicopter Museum is the place to be for flight fans this year.
“Visitors can come to the museum and see our aircraft,” says venue manager Lee Mills, discussing the enormous hangar which plays centre stage to proceedings.
“Then they can climb into one of the helicopters and sit in the pilot’s seat and controls.
"They can fly the aircraft on a giant virtual screen care of the plethora of flight simulators on display, and then, to finish it off, go for an actual flight around the Weston-super-Mare coastline in a Jet Ranger Helicopter, starting and ending from the museum's helipad.
“One simulator is coming across from Guernsey – the owners are bringing an entire airframe with the inside replaced by computers, shipped across specially for Museums At Night.
"They arrive on the Friday, which is our set-up and press day. Last year we had a really good coverage on the local news, which was fantastic.”
The theme this year is the Vietnam conflict, starring the Huey Helicopter synonymous with it.
“We’ve actually got one here on display that has never been opened to the public before," reveals Mills.
“The Aircraft is rather basic inside really, stripped down for combat without any niceties. It’s rough and ready and will be a firm favourite with the crowds, as will the Vietnam troops courtesy of the local re-enactment groups attending.”
In the evening the hangar will transform into a giant Vietnam themed disco complete with a jungle bar and 1960s and 1970s music.
"Visitors can dress in the style of the period," says Mills.
"Whether that be as an American GI or a flower power loving child of the 1970s, we will just have to wait and see."
- See our listings for all the details of the Museums at Night Helicopter Disco and the Flight Simulator Convention.