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American Helicopter Museum

22 July 2015

39° 59′ 31″ N / 75° 34′ 44″ W

(L-R) HH-2D Sea Spirte, HH-3A Sea King, Boeing 360, HH-3A Sea Guardian and CH-21C Shawnee on the front grounds of the American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

(L-R) HH-2D Sea Sprite, HH-3A Sea King, Boeing 360, HH-3A Sea Guardian and CH-21C Shawnee on the front grounds of the American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is one of only three museums in the World specializing in helicopters and vertical flight. It also does not disappoint! An easy road and brief trip from Philadelphia the museum greats visitors with no less than five helicopters on the front grounds with plenty more in the hangar building and a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey prototype on the rear grounds. (one of only two Ospreys exhibited in a museum).

American Helicopter Museum collage — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum collage — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

Two collages, the upper showing a handful of the museum’s interior display space and the lower of the Sikorsky R-6 in restoration with photographic effects added. Individual helicopters of the museum will be addressed in future posts as will the WW II era R-6 (yes, helicopters in WW II).

American Helicopter Museum Sikorsky R-5 restoration effect — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum Sikorsky R-6 restoration effect — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

The museum has a dedicated snack room (snacks are available in vending machines as well as the gift shop) as well as a picnic table on the rear ground (where one can watch private air traffic on the adjacent runway).

Bust of Igor Sikorsky at the American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

Bust of Igor Sikorsky at the American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

Docents are plentiful, energetic and informed — equally able to engage with children as well as informed adults. Docent Frank Zook was instrumental in my visit as we chatted about our favorite flying machines. He noted the Osprey was the only machine on exhibit which had been flown to the museum (likely the easiest way to deliver a large flying machine). He also allowed special access to one of the museum’s restoration project of a Sikorsky R-6 (more on that in a later post) which was a wonderful opportunity.

Cayuse and Cobra in the American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

Cayuse and Cobra in the American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum interior — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum interior — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum interior — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum interior  looking in the reverse direction regarding the preceding image — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum interior — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

American Helicopter Museum interior — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (a rare public display of the type) at the American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey (third of six prototypes) at the American Helicopter Museum — Travel for Aircraft: Joseph May

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Kay permalink
    22 July 2015 18:46

    Thanks Joe!

    Maybe when I go to Mid-Ohio Vintage Motorcycle Day I will be close enough. . 2016 or so. . .

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      22 July 2015 22:02

      You will enjoy it there 🙂

  2. Kathy permalink
    24 July 2015 17:48

    Decent!!!! I really enjoyed this!!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      25 July 2015 15:39

      It is an excellent museum with excellent staff 🙂

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