The Helicopter Museum
Locking Moor Road
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.
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.
Hafner R II
Built in 1930 in Vienna, Austria, this was a variant of the original
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
period in storage it was donated to the Helicopter Museum in