1 This is the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center (AHM) located at 1220 American Boulevard in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
2 This is an overview of the Museum's helicopters!
3 This is the very friendly AHM Staff posing with Stubby, the Museum's traveling ambassador! Stubby is a Hughes TH-55A Osage that has shortened rotor blades and tail boom to facilitate transport.
4 Stubby is an interactive helicopter that travels to schools, camps and community events. Docents accompanying Stubby give kids a chance to sit in the cockpit, operate the controls and learn how each works. Students also learn about the hand-eye co-ordination necessary to fly a helicopter.
5 Carlos also had the AHM Staff pose with a Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey, an American multi-mission, military, tiltrotor aircraft with both a vertical takeoff and landing, and short takeoff and landing capability.
6 The V-22 Osprey is designed to combine the functionality of a conventional helicopter with the long-range, high-speed cruise performance of a turboprop aircraft.
7 The Bell UH-1 - Nicknamed "Huey," this helicopter played a major role in the war in Vietnam carrying troops, flying armed patrol, and casualty evacuation. More than 15,000 UH-1 helicopters were produced, many remaining on active duty to this day.
8 AH-6J Light Attack Helicopter is a special operations aircraft used to conduct attacks against pre-planned targets. It was designed for use as a military scout during the Vietnam war to meet the U.S. Army's need for an extremely maneuverable light observation helicopter. This is an armed variant of that design.
9 Robinson R-22 is a two-bladed, single-engine light utility helicopter that been in production since 1979. It's used for flight training, radio traffic watch, power line patrol, and other applications requiring dependability and easy maintenance.
10 This is a Curtis Wright R-1820 Reciprocating Radial Engine, widely used on 1930s through 1950s aircraft.
11 A peek inside a complex cockpit!
12 The Boeing HH-47 Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) - A mockup was given to the Museum by Boeing, which was utilized as an engineering mockup demonstrator for the US Air Force CSAR-X competition.
13 The H-13D was primarily used by the Army as an evacuation helicopter that became the mainstay of the M.A.S.H. (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) units during the Korean War. 80% of the 25,000 helicopter evacuations in Korea were accomplished by Army and Marine H-13s.
14 The Bell H-13 was popularized by the hit television show M*A*S*H. Civil and military versions of the aircraft were produced by Bell until 1966 and production continued overseas for many years thereafter. Over 5,000 of these remarkably long-lived aircraft were built, making it the world's most popular helicopter.
15 Bell AH-1F Cobra - This series of attack helicopter remains a primary weapons delivery platform for the US military and its worldwide allies.
16 A view of the AH-1F Cobra cockpit - The fuselage has tandem seating with the pilot in the elevated rear cockpit and the weapons officer in the front cockpit.
17 Rolls-Royce is a manufacturer of engines for helicopters.
18 A Rolls Royce engine on display
19 Cheerful Chopper is open for play! Kids and adults can climb inside for a hands-on helicopter experience!
20 S.O. 1221 Djinn - This helicopter was designed and built by Sud-Ouest Aviation of France. It's most unusual feature was the use of a rotor which was driven by compressed air at the blade tips supplied by an air generator. The Djinn is very compact and can take off and land on the back of an ordinary truck.
21 When torque turns a helicopter rotor in one direction, the natural reaction of the helicopter body is to turn vigorously in the opposite direction. It is an example of Newton's Third Law.
22 One of the most often used torque solutions is to have a smaller tail rotor. It produces just enough force to resist the main rotor torque.
23 Piasecki HUP-2 - A tandem-rotor helicopter was used on aircraft carriers for search and rescue. Over their 20 years of service life, these helicopters were responsible for saving countless lives.
24 Another view of the interior
25 Carlos posing with some of the staff
26 CH-46 Sea Knight - This tandem rotor transport helicopter is used by the US Marine Corps to provide all-weather, day-or-night assault transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment.
27 Piasecki CH-21 B Shawnee - Nicknamed the "Flying Banana" because of its upcurved fuselage shape, the Army first deployed the Shawnee to Vietnam in 1961, where its vulnerabilities were quickly exposed. Its lack of armor made it easy to shoot down and was quickly replaced with better helicopters.
28 HH-3A Sea King - Developed from the Sikorsky S-61 series of helicopters, the most famous S-61s are those used in transporting the President to and from the White House. This particular craft served in Vietnam before it was retired.
29 A Sea King in flight