The Helicopter Museum
British Helicopters


The Helicopter Museum
Locking Moor Road
Weston-super-Mare
Somerset,
BS24 8PP, England

Tel. 01934-635227


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The British helicopter manufacturing industry is a very long history and has long been associated with such famous designers as: J. G. Weir, C. G. Pullin, J. Shapiro and Raol Hafner, with the latter's earliest helicopter to fly on display in the museum collection.

Three companies are associated with British helicopter manufacturing since World War II and the museum's collection is divided into separate pages.

Please follow one of the Links below to view the British companies.

Click here to view the Bristol Aircraft Helicopters in the Collection      Click here to view the Fairey Aviation Helicopters in the Collection      Click here to view the AgustaWestland Helicopters in the Collection

 

Hafner R II Hafner R II

Built in 1930 in Vienna, Austria, this was a variant of the original single-seat  
R I, powered by a Salmson 9 Adr radial piston engine. In 1932 the team with the R II moved to Heston Airport in Middlesex. The R II was too under-powered and lacked sufficient control to fly and eventually went into storage. The R II was rediscovered in a crate in 1961 and refurbished by Westland apprentices and joined the Helicopter Museum in 1979. A survey showed the need for extensive restoration and this was undertaken jointly by a group of Westland volunteers and the Glider Support Unit based at RAF Locking. In 1996 Raoul Hafner's widow officially donated the R II to the Helicopter Museum.

 

Cierva C-30A Cierva C-30A

The Cierva C-30 was designed by Don Juan de la Cierva, who perfected the autogiro design during the 1920s and 1930s. The museums model was the 11th production C-30A built in early 1935 in Manchester as a two-seat autogiro and operated by the Autogiro Flying Club at Hanworth then passing to the Thanet Aero Club in January 1939. In 1940 it was pressed into service by the Royal Air Force for radar calibration duties and given the military serial AP506. Post-war  it went into storage for some 20 years in the rafters of a private garage near Tewkesbury before being rediscovered and purchased by Elfan Ap Rees and is currently displayed in "as found" condition alongside other C-30A memorabilia.

 

Cierva Rotorcraft Grasshopper III, G-AWRP Cierva Rotorcraft Grasshopper III

The Grasshopper III followed the work done by Jacob Shapiro in developing the Servotec Grasshopper I and II. Built in 1969 at Redhill, Surrey as an experimental five-seat coaxial rotor helicopter it was first flown in June 1970. Its last flight took place in 1971 and it was subsequently moved to Blackpool Airport from where the museum obtained it in 993. The Museum also holds the remains of the second prototype which was utilised for ground running tests.

 

Saunders Roe Skeeter AOP Mk.12, XL811 Saunders Roe Skeeter AOP Mk.12

Built in 1958 at Eastleigh, Hampshire as a two-seat army observation helicopter. The museums model was the 24th production Skeeter delivered from the Cowes factory to Eastleigh, Hampshire where it made its first flight on 6th February 1959. It was delivered to the AAC Centre at Middle Wallop in 1959 and operated by No. 651 Squadron Advanced Helicopter Flight for pilot training and then No. 656 Squadron BAOR in Germany. It was placed in storage in 1967, and later privately purchased by Elfan Ap Rees in 1992.

 

Campbell Cougar, G-BAPS Campbell Cougar

The Campbell Aircraft Company was founded in the late 1950s to develop and build autogyros and in 1969 began production of the single seat Cricket autogyro. This was later followed by a two-seat project and the construction of a single seat prototype was carried out by Western Airways at Weston-super-Mare Airport in early 1973. Following a period in storage it was donated to the Helicopter Museum in 1978.

 

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