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Lynx helicopter restored at Yeovilton for anniversary
Lynx helicopter in transit
The Lynx was moved from Weston's Helicopter Museum

An original Lynx helicopter has been moved to a new hanger in Yeovil so that it can be restored as part of celebrations to mark 40 years since its first flight.

A team from RNAS Yeovilton collected the iconic chopper from its home at Weston-super-Mare's helicopter museum.

The aircraft will then feature in Yeovilton's Air Show on 9 July.

Project technician Warrant Officer David Lloyd said it was "fantastic" to be up close on the original Lynx.

"Many officers from the armed forces have already asked if they can get involved because the Lynx has changed drastically since its service.

"This aircraft was operated way before any of us were serving in the Royal Navy and to get a chance to see what it has originally evolved from is quite fantastic."

'Win-win situation'

The XX910 Lynx helicopter was the second dedicated Royal Navy prototype.

It was first flown at Yeovil in April 1974 and used for radar and avionics trials at various sites, including Boscombe Down until 1977.

It was then transferred to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough for further test work until it was declared redundant in the 1980s.

Although used for occasional ground trials thereafter it was slowly stripped of parts and eventually abandoned in 2000, when the remains were acquired by The Helicopter Museum.

Since then the aircraft has been in storage awaiting restoration.

After the air show, the helicopter will return to the museum for permanent display.

Kathryn Sherrington, the museum's collections manager, said: "We are delighted to be co-operating with RNAS Yeovilton to restore this historic aircraft.

"Although we have been collecting the missing parts over the years we haven't had the manpower needed to work on the aircraft so this is a win-win solution."

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