Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Former helicopter base used in Bruce Willis film

Photo 1: Sir Anthony Hopkins pictured with Air Ambulance paramedic Natalie Brodrick during a visit to Dunsfold in 2010

Surrey Air Ambulance’s former helicopter base at Dunsfold Park was used as a film location for RED starring Bruce Willis, to be released this Friday (August 2nd).

This latest installment of the high octane action comedy sees the return of the original cast including Helen Mirren and John Malkovich, now joined by Catherine Zeta Jones and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

In RED 2, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing next-generation lethal device that can change the balance of world power.

To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the technologically advanced super weapon.

The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world - and stay alive in the process.

In a dramatic and thrilling climax to RED 2, which stands for retired and extremely dangerous, a helicopter involved in a chase across London makes an emergency landing on the outskirts of the city in the setting of a disused airfield.

Bruce Willis is seen running through the former Air Ambulance hangar at Dunsfold towards a waiting private jet which is stolen by the villain and takes off into the distance before exploding in flight.

The filming last October coincided with the launch of the Air Ambulance’s fundraising campaign called the Regular Essential Donation Scheme (REDS), to help fund the cost of night flying later this year.

A REDS ‘Supporter’ pays just 50p a week, which could be used to buy a sheet of bubble wrap – a life-saving piece of equipment used to keep each patient warm.

Membership as a ‘Friend’ costs £2 a week and would buy the drugs needed to anaesthetise a patient and provide pain relief which is vital in treating serious head injuries.

A donation of £20 a month as a ‘Life-saver’ would buy 10 bags of saline to replace lost fluids in critically ill patients.

Surrey Air Ambulance was first launched from Dunsfold in June, 2007, before moving to Redhill last October in preparation for night flying.

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