American Helicopter Museum
39° 59′ 31″ N / 75° 34′ 44″ W
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).
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).
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).
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.