The Helicopter Museum
Western European Helicopters

The Helicopter Museum
Locking Moor Road
BS24 8PP, England

Tel. 01934-635227

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European designers had been seriously experimenting with helicopters ever since
Paul Cornu’s first historic flight in France in 1907 and by 1935 his compatriot Louis Breguet
was flying a fully controllable helicopter. He was followed by Professor Focke in Germany
in 1936 and the Weir Company in Great Britain in 1938. By the early 1940s both
Focke and Anton Flettner had helicopters for the German Army and Navy respectively.

Post-war European helicopter development was led by the UK, France and Italy
with ongoing amalgamation that crystallised in the 1990s with the formation
of two major companies, Eurocopter (formed by the merger of the helicopter divisions of
Aerospatiale in France and Messerschmitt- Bölkow -Blohm in Germany) and
AgustaWestland which brought the Italian and British helicopter manufacturers together.


Agusta A109A MkII

In 1967 Agusta introduced the A109 and the museum model was the 5th delivered to the Guardia di Finanza in 1986. Declared surplus to requirements in 2010 and withdrawn from use and placed in storage it was delivered to the museum on 6th October 2010 and officially handed over by Graham Cole, AgustaWestland's Managing Director.


Sud Aviation Alouette SA 318C, A-41 Sud Aviation Alouette SA318C

The Alouette II was the first turbine-powered helicopter in the world to go into production, and flown for the first time on 12th March 1955. The museum model served with the Belgian Army from 1967 and withdrawn from service in 2005. It was exchanged for a surplus Bristol Sycamore with the Brussels Air Museum and arrived at the museum in 2008.


Agusta-Bell 47G-3B1 Sioux AH Mk.1, XT190 Agusta-Bell 47G-3B1 Sioux AH Mk.1

The Agusta-Bell 47G-3B1 was built in 1965 under licence by Westland Helicopters at Yeovil, Somerset, and delivered to the Army Air Corps in November 1965, serving in Cyprus with the UN Headquarters Flight until being retired in 1978 and placed in storage. It was acquired by the museum in 1995


Sud Ouest SO1221 Djinn, 1058/CDL Sud Ouest SO1221 Djinn

The Djinn has a rotor system driven by a turbine engine feeding compressed air to the blade tips to produce drive power and the only pressure jet helicopter to go into large scale production. It was also the first French helicopter to enter production, and the worlds first mass produced jet engine powered helicopter. The Djinn in the museum was built in 1959 and was retired from operational flying at the end of 1968. In 1990 it was refurbished to static display condition and was delivered in 1991.


Eurocopter SA365N Dauphin, F-WQAP Eurocopter SA365N Dauphin

The Dauphin began in 1960 and used the "fenestron" tail which offered power and safety advantages over the traditional tail rotor and composite materials. The mueum model is the first production SA365N, was modified to test a fly-by-wire flight control system. The museum model was donated by the Eurocopter after being retired from flying in 2001 and delivered to the Museum in April 2003, with delivery sponsored by McAlpine Helicopters, based at Oxford, and the publishers of HELICOPTER International magazine, Avia Press Associates.


Sud Aviation SA321F Super Frelon, F-BTRP Sud Aviation SA321F Super Frelon

In the mid 1950s Sud Est began designing the SA321 Super Frelon. The SA321F variant in the museum was built as a commercial airliner version in 1967. In 1968-1969 Olympic Airways operated it between the Greek mainland and the various islands. It withdrawn from service in 1991 and was partially restored by Aerospatiale apprentices and donated to the museum.


MBB Bö.105M, 81+00 MBB Bo105M

Built by Messerchmitt-Bölkow-Blohm in 1984 the Bo105M is a liaison and observation (VBH) helicopter and was operated by the German Army Air Corps. The museum model was withdrawn from service in 2002 after serving with the 25th Air Corps Regiment, based at Laupheim. Eurocopter donated it to the Museum in 2007.


EH Industries EH101 G-EHIL/ZH647 EH Industries EH101

The third prototype, PP3, built in 1988 and used for the civil certification flight trial and general development of the EH101. Built at the Westland factory in Yeovil it first flew on 30th September 1988 and on completion of its test programme in 1999 PP3 had completed 653 flying hours as well as undertaking icing trials in Denmark. It was delivered to the museum in 1999.


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