An RAF helicopter trying to lift an 80ft bronze spire for the new Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, West Midlands

The photograph was taken during 'Operation Rich Man', a joint project involving Royal Air Force staff and Laing staff. This involved a RAF Belvedere helicopter hoisting a 80ft bronze spire onto the roof of the new cathedral. The second part of the operation, to lower the 1/2 ton cross that sits on top of the spire, had to be postponed due to windy conditions.


West Midlands Coventry


1960s (1960 - 1969)



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