Sunderland aircraft head to War and Peace show

The North East Aircraft Museums Gazelle helcopter being loaded onto a lorry to be taken to a huge military festival in Kent.

The North East Aircraft Museums Gazelle helcopter being loaded onto a lorry to be taken to a huge military festival in Kent.

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WAR memorabilia from Sunderland is being sent to the biggest military vehicle spectacle in the world.

The North East Aircraft Museum, in Washington, is sending a Gazelle helicopter, a search light, an Argentinian Tigercat and a missile launcher to the War and Peace show in Kent.

The military event, which takes place from Wednesday to Sunday, began 30 years ago and has grown into the largest gathering of its kind in the world.

Two lorries will be loaded up on Wearside and sent down with all the items from the museum being used as part of the Falklands War display.

Doris Foster, a volunteer at the museum, said: “We have been going for years and it has got bigger and bigger each time.

“There will be more than 5,000 vehicles on display and 40 tanks from the Second World War.

“All the money raised from the event will be donated to the Poppy Appeal and to Help for Heroes.”

The museum was established in March 1974.