Jetranger laid bare in Westonsuper-mare
Volunteers at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-mare have given a new lease of life to the museum’s gate guardian – a full-size skeletal sculpture of a Bell 206 Jetranger that was donated to the museum by Barratt Homes in 2011 after the company had used it as a promotional tool at new housing developments.
During the 1970s Barratt became the first UK house builder to advertise on television, commissioning commercials which featured a Jetranger and later an Augusta A109 to promote the sale of new homes. The company donated the sculpture to the museum in 2011 following completion of a housing development in Somerset.
“The Barratt Homes helicopters are such great examples of rotorcraft in popular culture, so we’re delighted to add their story to the museum,” said museum general manager Lee Mills. “The Jetranger has been restored, repainted and raised onto stilts, acting as the perfect gate guardian to the museum and fitted with solar-powered lights to illuminate the sculpture during evenings.”
The sculpture is part of the wider project to improve the external appearance of the museum and open a new visitor services extension to the public during its thirtieth anniversary next year. helicoptermuseum.co.uk
The Helicopter Museum's new skeleton sculpture Jetranger gate guardian