Museum Profile: The Helicopter Museum at Weston-Super-Mare

Following last weeks look at Bristol Aerospace, its time for a quick drive down the M5 to take a quick look at the Helicopter Museum.

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I’ll confess that helicopters have never really been on my radar and though this museum has always looked great, its never quite appealed enough to take a visit. As has been documented many times on here over the last 6 months or so, the visit by the Flying Bulls Sycamore has certainly changed that and historic helicopters are certainly now on the radar.

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The Helicopter Museum is a great site with pretty unrestricted access to a huge array of vintage rotorcraft. There were certainly plenty of types I’d not heard of or at least never seen up close! It was a great surprise to even see the remains of the incredible Fairey Rotodyne.

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Fittingly, having spurred on my visit, the museum is home to two examples of the Sycamore, one early and one late, with great opportunities to take a look inside. There is also a Belvedere under restoration which was great to see.

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Throughout the museum there is a great mix of European and American types including a number of soviet machines which are pretty unique in UK museums.

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As a relative outsider to this particular area of aviation (not something I can say that often) it was a unique change to come across so many unknown types and stories. On a longer visit I look forward to getting more familiar with some of the more obscure machines.

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The main restoration area also has a number of airframes being worked on, including a Westland Whirlwind.

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The museum was in the process of constructing their new building/visitors reception which is now approaching completion. Throughout the summer the museum host events and are often visits by passing helicopters. Together with Aerospace Bristol, this is certainly another venue I will be re-visiting when I next get the opportunity.

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