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Morayvia's Science and Technology Experience Project (STEP) is a project to bring together a number of disciplines from aerospace and astronomy to technology and arts-related activities into a single centre of excellence in Moray, but serving the northeast of Scotland, the Highlands and beyond.

Morayvia (Registered Charity SC042895)

Unique collection landing soon – Wessex in transit

With a busy summer of increased visitor numbers to Morayvia, exhibits are on the increase too. Pictured below is the Wessex search and rescue helicopter heading north to Morayvia. Once restored, the Wessex will be situated alongside the Sea King. Morayvia Director in charge of this latest exhibit, Bob Pountney said the Wessex was “a favourite” of his having flown in this type of aircraft early in his RAF career.  For him and the rest of the Morayvia team, it is a proud moment to see the Search and Rescue fleet growing. For both Morayvia and Moray, to have such a collection is very rare and a huge asset.

Wessex XR528 on Limehillock Low loader


CEO Stan Barbour said “Visitors have recognised tireless work and efforts our volunteers have put into Morayvia through the Facebook support and TripAdvisor reviews. Adding to our collection ensures visitors can have a new experience when visiting again”.

Speaking yesterday, Chairman Mark Mair said: “Limehillock again have come to the rescue to make this all possible. At short notice dispatching two drivers on Monday afternoon with the large low loader returning up today”. Limehillock’s Richard Murray said I’ve watched the rapid growth of Morayvia and am keen to see it expand”. Local businesses such as Richard’s and others in the area have helped enormously. Having this support has been a major success factor of the project and Morayvia.

The Wessex and SAR

Our Wessex took her first flight in November 1964, and went on to be based at RAF Leuchars, with 22 Sqn in 1976.

Now the Wessex will go through the workshop and will be on show later this year.

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