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Weston super Mare Helicopter Museum in England

Locking Moor Road      Weston super Mare, Somerset, England
Tel: 44(0) 1934-635227
E-Mail: office@helimuseum.fsnet.co.uk

The Helicopter Museum is Weston-super-Mare's largest undercover all weather attraction and a fun place for all the family, with a coffee shop, children's play area and a gift shop. 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 1974 his purchase of a Bristol Belvedere, built at Weston-super-Mare, motivated the formation of a volunteer group to restore the aircraft. In the following years more acquisitions were made and the volunteer group expanded to start preserving the collection. In December 1976 an ex Royal Navy Westland Whirlwind HAS Mk.7 was acquired. In July 1977 an ex Royal Air Force Bristol Sycamore HC Mk.14 was added to the growing collection, increasing the number of aircraft in the collection to eight. 1977 also saw the formation of the British Rotorcraft Museum, a registered charity and Limited company, with the primary aims of further developing the collection and opening it up to the public. 1978 saw continued growth of the historic collection of rotorcraft with three rare prototypes joining the collection. These were the Fairey Ultra-Light tip-jet driven helicopter, the Thruxton Gadfly HDW.1 two-seat autogyro and the Campbell Cougar autogyro, which became the first aircraft acquired directly by the museum itself. In the 1978 the museum managed to obtain a small area and some buildings on Weston-super-Mare airfield which included a second world war 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...............................

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