Weston-super-Mare to feature in new Tom Cruise movie
PIECES of aviation history at Weston-super-Mare's Helicopter Museum are to feature in a new Tom Cruise movie.
Staff and volunteers from the museum have been busy collating parts and exhibits which will be used in the new Warner Brothers movie due to be released in March 2014.
In the new sci-fi epic, co-starring Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton, Cruise plays a character called Bill Cage, who must relive the same brutal battle against an unrelenting alien race over and over again.
When the production company needed to source a diverse range of authentic helicopter parts to build the Lynx Helicopter in the movie, they contacted the museum.
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The museum, which is a registered charity, has the biggest collection of helicopters in the world, with 80 different types on show with models from Russia, the USA and Poland.
Items required which included aircraft rotor heads, main and rear rotor blades, two sets of side mounted rocket launchers and a host of smaller essential parts.
Restoration manager, Rod Holloway, oversaw the preparation of all the helicopter parts and said "It was quite a comprehensive list of items that they needed to complete the build and I was thrilled to be able to locate and prep all the aircraft parts they required.
"We are quite used to production companies filming scenes in our helicopters here, but this is the first time that our exhibits have been used to build an actual helicopter for a major motion picture."