Je­tranger laid bare in We­ston­super-mare

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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

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