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Historics: James Bond helicopter part of 2014 Goodwood Revival

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A helicopter that appeared in the James Bond film "Goldfinger" will be part of the 2014 Goodwood Revival historic motor racing event. The announcement was made via press release on Wednesday, August 20, from the Goodwood Estate located near Chichester, England.

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According to Goodwood, the helicopter made famous by the character "Pussy Galore" in the 1964 James Bond feature film, "Goldfinger," will be a central feature of the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition at this year's Revival.

The flying machine, officially known as the Hiller UH-12E4 is the one flown by actress Honor Blackman in her portrayal of Galone taking Goldfinger’s atomic bomb to Fort Knox in the film’s finale. The previous year, the chopper was also used by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the Oscar-winning film, "The VIPs."

In addition to historic racing cars, the Goodwood Revival also showcases vintage aircraft. Besides the "Goldfinger" helicopter, there will be as many as 30 other flying machines on display at the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition. These include: a 1948 Tempco ‘Globe Swift’ GC-1B whose previous owner’s father was taught to fly at 14 years old by aviation pioneer Wilbur Wright and had the latter’s signature on his license.

The heavy metal band Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson will bring his Fokker DR1 triplane, the same kind of machine used by German World War 1 hero Manfred von Richthofen, also known as The Red Baron. The largest machine this year will be a Douglas C47A Dakota.

Two very rare Austers will be on-site -- a ‘5’ that was used in the D-Day landings of 1944 and a J1, which completes the line-up of the Leicestershire-built machines.

Beechcraft’s presence will be marked by a pair of twin-engined aircraft, an E18S and a BE-50 Twin Bonanza, while de Havilland, Cessna, Percival, Piper and others will also be represented at the Revival.

Commenting on this year's exhibition, Rob Wildeboer, Goodwood Aviation General Manager, said: "Every year we gather an amazing selection of aircraft together for the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation exhibition, but this year’s is truly the most impressive to date. We have famous aircraft and some extreme rarities that will appeal to both the true aviation enthusiast and those looking to get up-close to something pretty special."

The Goodwood Revival takes place September 12-14 on the grounds of the Goodwood country estate in England. Ranked as one of the premiere historic/vintage motor racing events of the year, the sell-out event attracts 150,000 spectators over the weekend.

For more information, see the Goodwood website.

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