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Aviation events this month: 5 you won’t want to miss

PUBLISHED: 13:04 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:04 08 December 2017

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Keep your diary clear, these aviation events will have your December sorted.

Christmas Fun Day at The Helicopter Museum – December 10

The big man himself – Santa Claus if you couldn’t guess who we meant – will be giving his reindeer a rest and arriving into this Weston-super-Mare museum by helicopter. You’ll then be able to meet him in his special helicopter grotto while there will be festive games and an open cockpit.

Pre booked air experience flights are also available on the day.

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Engineering Open Workshop at Shuttleworth – December 29 – 30

This annual behind-the-scenes event allows you to see areas and projects that are not usually open to the public during normal opening hours. Volunteers and engineers work tirelessly in these areas throughout the year to keep the Shuttleworth Collection flying so don’t miss the opportunity to get a fascinating insight into the work they do.

A ticket is valid for one day only and there will be other attractions available for all ages.

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Christmas Carol Concert at The Museum of Army Flying – December 18

The Middle Wallop Military Wives Choir will be joined by the Army Medical Services band to fill the museum’s hall with the sounds of the festive period. It will be one of the most unique settings for a carol service you will see this year so come enjoy some mince pies, mulled wine and plenty of Christmas cheer.

Tickets are free with all proceeds going to the museum and other charities.

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Cold War Air Defence Lecture at RAF Cosford – December 15

Dr Kenton White, from the University of Reading, will look at how the UK organised its air defence during the Cold War and whether it fulfilled its obligations to NATO, our own armed forces and to the British public. Many are unsure whether Britain was prepared for a conventional war during the period and Dr White will analyse mobilisation plans and the forces and facilities that would have been used should a conflict have begun.

The lecture is free but tickets need to be pre-booked.

Free Entry to National Museum of Flight – December 16 – 17

Anyone who has played the Lottery this year will be eligible for free entry to one of Scotland’s best days out. The East Fortune Airfield site has a fine collection of aircraft from Europe and around the world including Scotland’s Concorde.

Proof of Lottery play – whether digital or paper - has to be presented on arrival to be able to get free entry.

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