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Air & Space 18A
Registration: G-BVWL / SE-HIE
Country of origin: USA
Built: Muncia, Indiana 1966
Manufacturer: Air & Space
Constructor's Number: 23224
Engines: One 180hp Lycoming 0-360-A1D engine
Type: 2 seat gyroplane
Note: Initially marketed as the 'Flymobil' around 68 were built. This one was one of last completed, and was delivered to a Swedish buyer before being sold in Scotland
Barnett J4B
Registration: G-BWCW
Country of origin: USA
Built: Kit-built Chandlers Ford, UK, 1995
Manufacturer: Barnet
Constructor's Number: G/14-1256
Engines: One 100hp Continental 0.200 engine
Type: Single seat kit-built gyroplane
Note: Assembled from a kit using original Barnett Rotorcraft plans. It was found after 10 years abandoned in long grass at a farm airstrip before restoration by the Helicopter Museum
Bell 47H
Registration: G-AZYB / LN-OQG/SE-HBE / OO-SHW
Country of origin: USA
Built: Fort Worth, Texas 1956
Manufacturer: Bell
Constructor's Number: 1538
Engines: One 200hp Franklin 6V4-200-C32 engine.
Type: Deluxe version of the three seat light weight Bell 47
Note: One of only 33 built. This example painted in a bright colour scheme, and with a badge designed by the Belgian artist Herge, creator of 'TinTin', was used to support the Belgian Antarctic Surveys of 1957-1961
Bell UH-1H Iroquis 'Huey'
Registration: 66-16579
Country of origin: USA
Built: Fort Worth, Texas, 1967
Manufacturer: Bell
Constructor's Number: 8773
Engines: One 1400shp Lycoming T53-L-13 engine
Type: 16 seat utility transport
Note: This actual helicopter served with the US Army between 1967-1975 in the Vietnam War and took part in the Tet Offensive of 1968. In 1990 it supported allied action against the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
Bensen B.8M Gyrocopter
Registration: G-BIGP
Country of origin: USA
Built: Assembled by R. Cooper at Shrewsbury from kit supplied by Bensen, 1981
Manufacturer: Bensen Gyroplane Co.
Constructor's Number:
Engines: One McCulloch Model 4318 engine
Type: Single seat light autogyro
Note: The Bensen Gyroplane had its origins in the 'Rotachute' glider developed in 1941 by Raoul Hafner, who became Chief Designer at Bristol Helicopters here at Weston-super-Mare
Bensen B.8M Gyrocopter
Registration: BAPC264
Country of origin: USA
Built: Assembled by K. Brittain at Westbury-on-Trym from kit supplied by Bensen, 1984
Manufacturer: Benson Gyroplane Co.
Constructor's Number:
Engines: One 173cc Victa Pixie two stroke piston engine
Type: Single seat light autogyro
Note: This example of the B.8M never flew as the engine chosen had insufficent power to get airborne
Bensen B.8 Gyroboat
Registration: BAPC289
Country of origin: USA
Built: Assembled in Glasgow from kit supplied by Bensen, 1959
Manufacturer: Benson Gyroplane Co.
Constructor's Number:
Engines: Towed
Type: Single seat towed autogyro
Note: The towed gyroboat was developed from the Hafner Rotachute man-carrying gyro glider, developed in the UK in the early 1940s, and the similar Focke Achgelis FA330 towed by German U-Boats during WW2.
Boeing XCH-62
Registration: 73-22012
Country of origin: USA
Built: Philadelphia, 1974
Manufacturer: Boeing Vertol
Constructor's Number:
Engines: Two 8,000 shp Allison XT-701 turboshaft engines
Type: Experimental heavy-lift helicopter
Note: These huge undercarriage legs and wheels came from the US Army's HLH (Heavy Lift Helicopter) 'flying crane' built in 1974 but cancelled before completion.
Brantly B.2B
Registration: G-OAPR / N228OU
Country of origin: USA
Built: Frederick, Oklahoma, 1965
Manufacturer: Brantly
Constructor's Number: 446
Engines: One 180hp Lycoming VO360 engine
Type: 2 seat light helicopter
Note: G-OAPR is in airworthy condition and has been used for flight demonstrations and other special events, at The Museum and in the neighbouring locality
Brantly B.2B
Registration: G-ATFG
Country of origin: USA
Built: Frederick, Oklahoma, 1965
Manufacturer: Brantly
Constructor's Number: 448
Engines: One 180hp Lycoming VO360 engine
Type: 2 seat light helicopter
Note: A Brantly B.2 featured in the James Bond movie 'You Only Live Twice'
Gyrodyne QH-50D Dash
Registration: DS1482
Country of origin: USA
Built: New York, USA, 1966
Manufacturer: Gyrodyne Company
Constructor's Number: 1482
Engines: One 365shp Boeing T50-BO-102 turboshaft engine
Type: Unmanned obervation/anti-submarine warfare helicopter
Note: Developed for US Navy shipboard operations and later used in the Vietnam War for directing gunfire from naval ships.
Hiller UH-12C
Registration: G-ASTP / N9750C
Country of origin: USA
Built: Marina, California, USA, 1961
Manufacturer: Hiller Aircraft
Constructor's Number:
Engines: One 200hp Franklin 6V4-200-C33 engine
Type: Two seat light utility helicopter for training, cropspraying etc.
Note: This UH-12 was used by Bristow Helicopters for pilot training at Redhill and Middle Wallop.
Hughes OH-6A Cayuse
Registration: 67-16506
Country of origin: USA
Built: Culver City, California, 1968
Manufacturer: Hughes
Constructor's Number:
Engines: One 317shp Allison T63-A turboshaft engine
Type: 4 seat army scout / utility helicopter
Note: The LOH OH-6A Cayuse was known as the 'Loach' by the US Army. This one served in the Vietnam War
McCulloch J-2
Registration: G-HEKY / G-ORVB /BSP-3 / N4329G
Country of origin: USA
Built: Havasu City, Arizona, USA 1971
Manufacturer: McCulloch
Constructor's Number: 39
Engines: One 180hp Lycoming O-360-A2D piston engine
Type: Two seat enclosed cabin autogyro
Note: 83 were built. This one was used in Bahrain for police duties and is now the only one in the UK
Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever
Registration: 51-16622 / N6699D
Country of origin: USA
Built: Morton, Philadelphia, 1954
Manufacturer: Piasecki Aircraft Corporation
Constructor's Number:
Engines: One 525hp Wright-Continental radial piston engine
Type: 6 seat tandem-rotor helicopter
Note: The HUP was the world's first overlapped tandem-rotor helicopter. This one served in the Royal Canadian Navy. A hatch in the cockpit floor allowed personnel to be hoisted directly into the cabin
Piasecki H-21C 'Flying Banana'
Registration: FR41
Country of origin: USA
Built: Morton, Philadelphia, 1956
Manufacturer: Piasecki Aircraft Corporation
Constructor's Number:
Engines: One 1425 hp Wright R-1820-9 cylinder radial engine
Type: Tactical Transport Helicopter
Note: Known as the 'Flying Banana' due to its kinked shape which kept the rear rotor above the front rotor. The H-21 was used in the early starge of the Vietnam War. This one was used by the French Army in the 1950s Algerian Independence War. Currently under restoration
Robinson R22HP
Registration: G-OTED / G-BMYR / ZS-HLG
Country of origin: USA
Built: Torrance, California, USA, 1981
Manufacturer: Robinson
Constructor's Number: 209
Engines: One 160hp Lycoming 0-320 engine
Type: Two seat light helicopter
Note: The Robinson R22 is the most successful light helicopter for private use. Over 4,600 have been produced. You can buy a used R22 for around £100,000