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Helicopter exhibit is a life-saver
THE Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton is celebrating 60 years of Royal Navy helicopter search and rescue with a fabulous summer exhibition.
At the heart of the display will be the Sea King, flown by Prince Andrew in the Falklands Conflict, which was used to conduct a rescue mission during the campaign, and a Dragonfly, the small helicopter that has a rich tapestry of lifesaving and heritage.
In 1953, the Royal Navy took delivery of its first Westland Dragonfly aircraft to form dedicated search and rescue squadrons and units around the UK, and, in the intervening decades, these brave men and women have rescued tens of thousands of stricken or stranded souls.
On August 21 and 22 two former Royal Navy rescuers, Lieutenant Commanders Paul Belding and David Elliott, will share their experiences of rescues conducted in the 70s from Royal Naval Air Station Lossiemouth.
Current serving search and rescue crew members will also be at the museum to chat to members of the public on August 21, 22, 29 and 30, and on September 4 and 5.
Young visitors can get a feel for what it is like to be a rescue hero, with flight overalls and helmets to try on, and they can experience what it might feel like to await rescue.
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