AUG 20th 2014

Pussy Galore's helicopter from Goldfinger will be 'Spirit of Aviation' star

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The helicopter made famous by Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond Film Goldfinger will take centre stage at the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition at Revival.

The flying machine, officially known as the Hiller UH-12E4 is the very aircraft in which er… Miss Galore, played by actress Honor Blackman, flew Goldfinger’s atomic bomb to Fort Knox for the film’s finale. It was also used by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Oscar-winning film, The VIPs, the previous year.

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Up to 30 aircraft will form part of the display with other highlights including a 1948 Tempco ‘Globe Swift’ GC-1B whose previous owner’s father was taught to fly at 14 years old by aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright – and even had the latter’s signature on his licence.

Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is set to bring his Fokker DR1 triplane, the same kind of machine used by German World War 1 hero Manfred von Richthofen, aka, The Red Baron, while the largest machine this year will be a Douglas C47A Dakota.

Two very rare Austers will be on-site, a ‘5’ that was used in the D-Day landings of 1944 and a J1, which completes the line-up of the Leicestershire-built machines.

Beechcraft’s presence is marked by a pair of twin-engined aircraft, an E18S and a BE-50 Twin Bonanza, while de Havilland, Cessna, Percival, Piper and others will be represented as well.

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Aircraft on display (plus notable comments)

Airco DH9
Auster 5 – used in D-Day landings, 1944
Auster J1
Beech E18S
Beechcraft BE-50 Twin Bonanza
Boeing Stearman
Cessna 195 Businessliner
De Havilland DHC1 ‘chipmunk’
De Havilland DH89A Rapide
De Havilland DH82
Douglas C-47A Dakota
Fokker DR1 – owned by Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson – TBC
HAW Bestmann BU-181 Mk6
Hawker Hunter
Hawker Hurricane
Hiller UH-12E4
Oberlerchnerwerke JOB15 180
Luscombe Silvaire
Max Holste MH-1521 Broussard
Miles Falcon – Goodwood Revival debut
Morovan-Zlin Z526 – to make 10hr journey from Czech Republic
Navion Rangemaster
Percival Mew Gull – an example flew from London to Cape Town in 1930
Piper L18C
Royal Aircraft Factory BE2e
Stampe SV4C
Supermarine Seafire 17
Globe Swift GC-1B

 

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