We had quite an interesting visitor this in the form of pilot Guy Gibbons. Guy flew the Chinook helicopter that lifted the fuselage section of our Halifax from Scottish crofter McKenzie’s farm way back in 1986. He transported it to Stornoway Airport beneath the helicopter where it was then taken by road to Elvington. Guy was flying with No. 7 Squadron at that time.
He had previously flown Shackletons, Vickers Varsity before converting to helicopters and had also flown the early Whirlwind and Wessex helicopters.
He was very pleased to be able to explore the restored interior of what is now Halifax Friday the 13th. Guy was actually familiar with many of the instruments in the Halifax and he was very impressed with what has been achieved since he last saw the fuselage. He said that he couldn’t believe the difference between what is now in display at the Museum and the wreckage he transported beneath his Chinook helicopter all this years ago.
It was really nice to hear from someone who had played a part in the creation of what has become an exhibit of great emotional significance to many Museum visitors. We owe him our thanks for his skilled piloting all those years ago that safely rescued the Halifax fuselage from that Scottish moorland.