Click here to view the American helicopters in the collection.
North American

Click here to view the Eastern European helicopters in the collection.
Eastern European

Click here to view the European helicopters in the collection.
Western European

The Museum is a mobility friendly attraction with wheelchair access
to all areas

Click Here for your Free Discount Voucher

The Helicopter Museum
Locking Moor Road
BS24 8PP, England

Tel. 01934-635227

Click here to email the museum.

The Helicopter Museum


Visitor Information


The Collection

Air Experience Flights

How to Find Us

Contact Us

The Fairey Aviation Company, Ltd was a British aircraft manufacturer of the first half of the 20th century, notable for a number of important aircraft, including the Fairey III family and the Fairey Swordfish.
Founded in 1916, Fairey merged with Westland Aircraft in 1960.

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

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

Fairey Rotodyne, XE521 Fairey Rotodyne

The Fairey Rotodyne was the culmination of more than 15 years research into compound or convertible helicopters made by the Fairey Aviation Company. Early trials were carried out between 1947 and 1956 and XE521 was built in 1957 at Hayes, Middlesex as a prototype large compound helicopter, powered by two Napier Eland turboshaft engines. Following several weeks of ground tests it first flew at White Waltham on 6th November 1957, but did not complete the first full transition from vertical to cruise flight until April 1958. On 5th January 1959 XE521 set up a new convertiplane class (E2) speed record of 307.22 kph (190.9 mph) in the 100 km (62 mile) closed circuit category. The Rotodyne failed to secure any firm orders and the project was cancelled in 1962. The aircraft last flew on 26th January 1962 and was then cut up and scrapped at RAE Farnborough. The museum located a number of major components including an Eland engine, a complete test rotor blade, and several tip jets. These components were airlifted to Weston-super-Mare by an RAF Chinook helicopter. After a long period in storage, repair and restoration of the various parts began in 1995 and was completed in 1996. The Helicopter Museum holds the only remaining major components of the Fairey Rotodyne prototype.

Fairey Ultra-Light, G-AOUJ/XJ928 Fairey Ultra-Light

The Fairey Ultra-Light helicopter was one of several projects submitted in the mid 1950s to meet a British Army specification for a battlefield reconnaissance and general-purpose helicopter. Built in 1955 at Hayes, Middlesex the 2 seat light observation helicopter was powered by a Blackburn-Turboméca Palouste BnPe 2 gas turbine engine. The first of six Ultra-Lights flew at White Waltham in August 1955 and the machine in the museum collection 'as the second prototype, which made its first flight on 20th March 1956. It was eventually given a modified nose to take a stretcher for promotion as a casualty evacuation helicopter. In 1977 the aircraft was rediscovered in a very derelict condition on a farm near Harlow and joined the collection in 1978. It was moved to Weston-super-Mare in May 1979 and put into storage to await restoration. A set of original rotor blades, an engine and the original tail unit were acquired. It is currently undergoing long-term restoration at the museum.


Copyright © 2018 All images and information on this site are the copyright of the Museum.
Any reproduction is strictly with prior permission of the Museum