New England Air Museum – Helicopter Day – June 23rd, 2018

The New England Air Museum's Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe will be amongst nearly two dozen other helicopters curated at the museum for the public to explore during the institution's first annual Helicopter Day on June 23rd, 2018. (image via NEAM)

This Saturday, June 23rd, the New England Air Museum will host its first annual Helicopter Day. The world-class museum will have over twenty helicopters and ancillary equipment on display, including a number of airframes which have heretofore been in long-term storage. Several exhibits will be open to the public to climb inside, and experts will be available to further explain the aircraft and their operation. The helicopters involved in the event will vary from the massive, 25,000-pound Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe, sometimes called the Skycrane, to the tiny, single-seat Benson Gyrocopter, similar to the one which James Bond flew in the motion picture You Only Live Twice. There will also be a U.S. Navy drone, and an award-winning man-powered helicopter, amongst many other helicopters to explore. The list below shows the aircraft which the museum plans to provide for the event, and a map which follows shows their locations within the facility.

NEAM 1st ANNUAL HELICOPTER DAY

Map # spot Open cockpit Aircraft Note
16 Yes Bell H-13 Sioux M.A.S.H. type aircraft
1 Yes Bell U-1B Iroquois Vietnam Workhorse – Gunship Configuration
16 Bell AH-1S Cobra Vietnam Combat Veteran
15 Benson Gyrocopter Similar to James Bond’s ‘Little Nellie’
9 Doman (Prototype) Sikorsky R-6 w/ Doman rotor head
10 Doman YH-31
15 Gyrodyne QH-50C D.A.S.H. Anti-Submarine Warfare (w/ control panel)
15 Gyrodyne XRON-1 Rotorcycle
16 Yes Hiller OH-23G Raven Observation & Transport
16 Hughes OH-6A Cayuse Vietnam Combat Veteran
2 Kaman K-225 Counter-rotating rotor prototype
3 Kaman HH-43F Huskie With fire bottle
4 Yes Kaman SH-2F Seasprite Anti-Submarine Warfare
13 Kaman K-16B Tiltrotor Prototype (test platform for the wing mechanism)
16 Kaman K-MAX 1/10 Scale Model K-MAX helicopter
11 Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly First used by military in WW II China-Burma-India Theatre (supply delivery/Casevac)
6 Sikorsky H-5A Dragonfly Painted in Sikorsky Corporate Colors, Search & Rescue, made famous in the movie “Bridges of Toko-Ri”
7 Sikorsky LH-34D Seabat Antarctic service
8 Sikorsky XH-39 Speed record holder – (first heliocopter with a turbine engine and retractable landing gear)
12 Yes Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard Rescue record holder
5 Pod only Sikorsky CH-54B Tahe Flew with the CT Army National Guard
14 AeroVelo ATLAS Sikorsky Human Powered Helicopter Competition winner
17 Bell OH-58 Kiowa CT Army National Guard

In addition to the helicopters at the event, former Sikorsky test pilot Kevin Bredenbeck will give a presentation titled X2 Technology: Sikorsky Door Step into The Future at 1:00pm.

The New England Air Museum’s first annual Helicopter Day will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, while the Museum and its Wings ‘n Things Gift Shop will stay open until 5:00 p.m. Food will be available for purchase, on a cash only basis. Please note that the exhibit hangars are air-conditioned!
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