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The Helicopter Museum, United Kingdom

The world's largest dedicated helicopter museum. located in Weston-super-Mare on the South West coast of England. The origins of the Helicopter Museum goes back to 1958, when the founder, aviation writer/historian Elfan ap Rees, began to build up a private collection of rotorcraft documentation and artifacts. Over the next 10 years his collection grew and in 1969 he acquired his first complete helicopter, a Bristol Sycamore Mk.3.
In 1978 the museum managed to obtain a small area and some buildings on Weston-super-Mare airfield which included a WW2 armoury building and air-raid shelter. The buildings required extensive repair work but by the summer of 1978 the collection was opened to the public, with nine aircraft on display and a range of artifacts.
The Helicopter Museum celebrated its 21st birthday in 2010 with a anniversary lecture and tour hosted by founder Elfan ap Rees.
Westland WG-30-200 G-ELEC Photographed outside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, on 20 April 2013. Prototype c/n 007, ...
Agusta A109A MkII, MM81205 GdiF-128 Italian Guardia Di Finanza (Tax and customs Police) photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Westo...
Agusta-Bell 47G-3B1 Sioux AH Mk.1, XT190 Army Air Corps helicopter photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, on 20 April ...
Sud Aviation Alouette II SA318C, A-41 Belgian Army helicopter photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, on 20 April 20...
Bell 47H G-AZYB The only example of this helicopter to have been sold in Europe (out of a total of 33 built) photogr...
Bristol Type 179 Belvedere HC Mk. 1 XG452 The 5th prototype, which first flew in February 1960 at Weston-super-Mare, photographed inside The H...
Brantly B.2B G-AIPG 2-seat American light helicopter photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, on 20...
Agusta AB206C-1 MM80927 'CC49' Carabinieri 5-seat turbine-engined Jet Ranger photographed in The Helicopter Museum at Weston-super-...
Westland WS-51 Dragonfly HR Mk 5 WG719 C/n WA/H/50 photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, on 20 April 2013. A 3-seat...
Sud SA-321F Super Frelon (Hornet) F-OCMF C/n 116 in its Olympic airline livery with the name 'Hermes', as seen at the Paris Air Show, photogr...
Eurocopter SA365N Dauphin F-WQAP The first production Dauphin, c/n 6001, photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare...
Hafner R II (in the foreground) A historic helicopter photographed inside The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare, on 20 April 2013...

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