Aviation enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to visit an aircraft on display in Helensburgh’s town centre this month.

On Saturday, July 15 between 10am and 2pm a Cessna aircraft will be shown in Colquhoun Square courtesy of Christian organisation the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF).

The organisation provides religious groups, remote missionaries and secluded indigenous communities with supplies and technology.

The free event has been organised by the Bethesda Christian Fellowship, which is simultaneously hosting a flight simulator and MAF ‘cube’ game in its centre at 28 Colquhoun Street, Helensburgh.

Fellowship elder Jim McLatchie said: “Please fasten your seatbelts and prepare for take-off.

“Not only will there be an opportunity to see the aircraft in the square but at the nearby Bethesda Centre there will also be a flight simulator, MAF ‘cube’ game and resources available.

“For 75 years, MAF has been flying over jungles, swamps, mountains and deserts to deliver practical help, medical care, disaster relief and long-term development to otherwise remote communities within inaccessible terrains and conflict zones.

“MAF believes that every community regardless how small should have access to the essentials of life; their motto is ‘Flying for Life’.

“The late Bill Macaulay, a long-standing member of Bethesda was an enthusiastic supporter and promoter of the work of MAF.

“Bill passed away within the past year and the forthcoming event will honour his memory.”

The MAF supplies aviation, communications, and learning technology services to over 1,000 Christian and humanitarian organisations.

It also provides this to thousands of isolated missionaries and indigenous villagers living in remote areas.

Tea and coffee will be sold at the event and all funds earned will be donated to the MAF.