The Helicopter Museum
American Helicopters

The Helicopter Museum
Locking Moor Road
BS24 8PP, England

Tel. 01934-635227

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Although American helicopter history is often dominated by the success of Igor Sikorsky
and the VS-300 in the 1940s the development of the helicopter in the US also owes
a lot to other American pioneers:
Arthur Young (Bell Helicopters), Frank Piasecki (tandem rotor development),
Stanley Hiller (Hiller Helicopters) and many more.

The Museum has a number of helicopters in the collection that represent these pioneers
as well as a number of development milestone aircraft from the 1950s to the present day.


Bell 47H, G-AZYB Bell 47H

Built 1956 in Fort Worth, Texas, as a deluxe version of the three-seat light weight Bell 47. The museum model was the only one sold in Europe and one of only 33 built. Sold to Sabena Airways in Belgium it was operated in Antarctica to support a scientific expedition. The helicopter was eventually written-off in the UK and was purchased by Elfan Ap Rees in 1985.


Bell UH-1H Iroquois, 66-16579 Bell UH-1H Iroquois

Built 1967 in Hurst, Texas, as a UH-1D it was shipped to South East Asia in support of the Vietnam War effort. It was later upgraded to UH-1H standard and stationed in West Germany; in August 1990 it deployed to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War. It was donated to the Museum in 1992.


Hughes YOH-6A Cayuse Hughes OH-6A Cayuse, 67-16506.
Built 1968 in Culver City, California, USA this four-seat Army scout-utility helicopter is powered by a 317 shp Allison T63-A turboshaft and was delivered for operatiomns in Vietnam in 1968. It was shot down in 1970 but rebuilt for further service with the Army National Guard until retirement and subsequent acquisition by the Museum. The airframe was delivered to Weston-super-Mare at the end of September 1999.


Hiller UH-12C, G-ASTP Hiller UH-12C

Built by Hiller in Palo Alto, California in 1958 but was not completed until 1961. Sold in 1964 to Bristow Helicopters in the UK to operate at their flying training schools at Redhill and Middle Wallop. It was withdrawn from service in 1976 and sold to a private company. Last flown in 1981 it was acquired by the Museum in 1989.


Robinson R22HP, G-OTED Robinson R22HP

Designed by Frank Robinson, the R22 met a demand from thousands of private pilots around the world for an inexpensive light helicopter when launched in 1979. Thanks to sponsorship from Frank Robinson the museum added a fully airworthy condition R22HP to its collection in 2002.


Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever

Following the success an earlier tandem rotor helicopter in 1945 the Piasecki company began a smaller design, the HUP-3, which first flew in 1948. The aircraft in the Museum, was one of the three to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy built in 1954 in Morton, Pennsylvania, USA. Restored in Philadelphia by volunteers at Boeing Helicopters it was shipped to the UK in November 1991 and is the only example of a Piasecki helicopter in the UK.


Bensen B-8M Gyro-Boat Bensen B-8M Gyro-Boat

Developed by gyrocopter designer and manufacturer Igor Bensen as a variant of his B-8 Gyro-Glider in 1956, the Gyro-Boat adapted the basic free-turning, two-bladed rotor system, so that it could be mounted on a standard dinghy. A prototype was first flown on 1956 and followed by the production model. The Gyro-Boat was towed with an ordinary water-ski rope behind a speedboat capable of at least 50km/h(30mph). The Museumís example was assembled and test flown by the General Developments Company of Glasgow and purchased new in the 1960s. Originally in the Brooklands Museum it was transferred to The Helicopter Museum in 2003.

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