World's largest helicopter lands at Helicopter Museum

By Culture24 staff | 02 December 2009
A vast army lifting helicopter

(Above) The Heavy Lift Helicopter that once was. Photo courtesy The Helicopter Museum.

Giant components from the largest helicopter ever built have gone on permanent display at Weston Super Mare Helicopter Museum.

Building of the Boeing Heavy Lift Helicopter was scrapped in the 1980s. The only finished model was broken up in Alabama in 2005.

Now an imposing section of its wheels and undercarriage have joined the world’s largest collection of helicopters in Somerset.

Three men hoist a wheel and section of undercarriage into place

Volunteers hoist the under-carriage into position. Photo courtesy The Helicopter Museum

Museum Chairman of Trustees Elfan Ap Rees described it as "a unique exhibit for any aviation museum."

"We are extremely grateful to Boeing and The MLA PRISM Fund for jointly sponsoring the costs of transporting these parts from the U.S.A and assembling this display," he said.

The Army helicopter was unveiled last month by Boeing UK Managing Director Mike Kurth. Among the guests were local Mayor Mike Kellaway-Marriott and volunteers from the museum.

Open 10am-4.30pm Wednesday-Sunday November-March, 10am-5.30pm April-October. Admission £5.50/£3.50. Visit the Museum website for details.

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