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The Helicopter Museum is located in Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset and features a collection of more than 80 civilian & military helicopters and autogyros from around the world.

The museum is based on the south-eastern corner of the former Weston-super-Mare Airport.

In 1958, aviation writer and historian Elfan ap Rees, began to build up a private collection of rotorcraft documentation and artefacts. The collection grew over the next ten years and he acquired a Bristol Sycamore Mk.3 helicopter in 1969.

Over the next few years more aircraft were added to the collection and in 1978 the museum acquired a small area and some buildings on Weston-super-Mare airfield, including a Second World War armoury building and air-raid shelter. The museum buildings required extensive repairs but the museum was open to the public by the Summer of 1978.

The museum was forced to close at the end of the 1979 season but more rare helicopters were added to the collection and the museum reopened on a new airfield site in 1988 after volunteers spent the next year restoring old buildings and erecting a new display annexe.

The museum was officially opened by HRH Prince Andrew in November 1989. Since then the museum has grown substantially erecting new hangarage to put the collection under cover and purchasing its 4.5 acre site outright,with the help of heritage lottery and other grant funding. The museum continues to restore and display many types of helicopters from various countries.

The Helicopter Museum now has over 80 helicopters in the collection with the ones on display to the public being housed in the main display building. The Collection includes two aircraft of the Queen's Royal Flight, the World Speed Record Holder G-Lynx, a Russian Hind Gunship and a 'Huey' Bell UH-1H.

The Helicopter Museum Address & Travel
The Helicopter Museum
Locking Moor Road
BS24 8PP
Telephone: 01934 635227

The Helicopter Museum is on the A371 and close to junction 21 of the M5 - just follow the propeller signs. It is just three miles from Weston-super-Mare seafront. The satnav postcode is BS24 8PP, and on-site parking is free.

Public Transport:
The Museum is a 15 minute walk from Weston Milton train station and/or a quick bus or taxi ride for Weston's main station.

How much does it cost?
The admission fee can be found on the official website.

What are the Opening Hours?
The Opening Hours can be found on the official website.

For more information then visit
The Helicopter Museum official website.

Accommodation: postcode - BS24 8PP

Museum Aircraft

Museum Aircraft:
Parts of Fairey Rotodyne, (XE521)
Westland WS-51 Dragonfly HR.5, (WG719)
Westland WS-51A Widgeon Series 2, (G-AOZE)
Westland Scout AH.1, (XP165)
Westland Wasp HAS.1, (XT443)
Westland Lynx, (ZB500/G-LYNX)
Westland Lynx 3, (ZE477/G-17-24)
Westland Whirlwind HAS Mk.7, (XK940)
Westland Whirlwind HAR.10, (XD163)
Westland Whirlwind Series 3, (G-AODA)
Westland Wessex HAS.1, (XM330)
Westland Wessex HAS.3, (XM328)
Westland Wessex HCC.4, (XV733)
Westland 30 Series 100, (G-BGHF)
Westland 30 Series 100, (G-BKGD) (2nd WG-30 Prototype)
Westland 30 Series 200, (G-ELEC)
Westland 30 Series 300, (G-HAUL)
Westland Mote
Westland Wisp
Westland Wideye
Westland Sharpeye

Western European:
Agusta A109A MkII, (MM81205)
Agusta-Bell 47G-3B1 Sioux AH.1, (XT190)
Bolkow Bo 102 Helitrainer, (D-HMQV)
EH Industries EH101 (G-EHIL/ZH647)
Eurocopter AS332 Super Puma
Eurocopter SA365N Dauphin, (F-WQAP)
Sud Aviation SA321F Super Frelon, (F-BTRP)
BB Bo105M, (81+00)
Sud Aviation Alouette SA318C, (A-41)
Sud Ouest SO1221 Djinn, (1058/CDL)

Eastern European:
Mil Mi-1 "Hare", (2007)
Mil Mi-2, (SP-SAY)
Mil Mi-4 "Hound", (9147)
Mil Mi-8PS,(10618)
Mil Mi-24D "Hind", (96+26/421)
WSK-Swidnik SM-2, (05)
Kamov Ka-26 "Hoodlum", (D-HOAY)

Air and Space 18A Autogyro, (G-BVWL)
Barnett J4B, (G-BWCW)
Bell 47H, (G-AZYB)
Bell UH-1H Iroquois, (66-16579)
Bensen B-8M, (G-BIGP)
Bensen B-8M Gyro-Boat, (BAPC.289)
Brantly B-2B, (G-OAPR)
Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH, (DS-1482)
Hiller UH-12C, (G-ASTP)
Hughes OH-6A Cayuse, (67-16506)
McCulloch J-2, (G-ORVB)
Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever, (RCN 622)
Piasecki H-21, (FR41)
Robinson R22HP, (G-OTED)

Undergoing Restoration:
Bristol Belvedere HC.1, (XG452)
Bristol Type 171 Sycamore Mk.3, (G-ALSX)
Bristol Type 171 Sycamore HC.14, (XL829)
Fairey Ultra-Light, (G-AOUJ/XJ928)
Westland Wessex 60, (G-AVNE)
Westland Whirlwind HCC.12, (XR486)