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Restored helicopters on display to help charity

From left, Marc Le Gresley with BLESMA members Chris Hawes and Andy Phillips

From left, Marc Le Gresley with BLESMA members Chris Hawes and Andy Phillips

HELICOPTERS restored by limbless veterans will be on display at this year’s Shoreham Airshow.

The Gazelle Military Helicopter Trust is holding a static display on both days, August 30 and 31, to show restored helicopters that have been retired from active service all over the world.

The aircraft have been used to teach veterans how to restore and fly them, working with BLESMA, a national military charity supporting servicemen who have lost limbs, or the use of limbs, or eyesight, while representing their country.

The display in Shoreham will also be raising money for the charity, which was the brainchild of Marc Le Gresley, the civilian chief flying instructor of the Army Flying Association.

He said: “Two of the BLESMA members with us have also been helped back into civilian employment as a result of the project.

“We have already been successful on many levels and we look forward to taking that success forward with BLESMA.”

Barry Le Grys, chief executive at BLESMA, said the project was about members working together to completely rebuild an iconic helicopter. The long-term aim was to create a complete helicopter display team, all from wreckage.

 

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