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Helicopter Museum Unveils New Exhibit

Mike Kurth, the Managing Director of Boeing UK visited The Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare on Friday 20th November to unveil an exciting new exhibit.

The large display comprises major components from the largest helicopter ever built in the West, the Boeing Heavy Lift Helicopter, development of which was abandoned in the late 1980s.The only example built was broken up in Alabama in 2005 and parts were secured for The Helicopter Museum by its Chairman of Trustees, Elfan Ap Rees.

“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.” explained Mr Ap Rees.

Also attending the unveiling and representing Weston-super-Mare was Town Mayor Mike Kellaway-Marriott along with the Museum volunteers who erected the towering display of wheels and undercarriage. “The result is a unique exhibit for any aviation museum” added Mr Ap Rees.

The Heavy Lift Helicopter exhibit is now on permanent display at the Weston attraction, which famously houses the Worlds largest collection of helicopters.

The Helicopter Museum is a registered charity and is open Wednesday – Sunday throughout the year.

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Michael smathers
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 5:27 AM
What a Fire fighter that would have made!
Not to mention slingloading downed Aircraft in War Zones,Equipment,Supplies etc.
What type of Powerplants were to be utilized? What was its max take off wieght?
How much wieght could it lift?
How many Rotor Blades?were they composite?
What was it's name?
Jim Hassinger
# Jim Hassinger
Wednesday, December 09, 2009 8:53 AM
UNOFFICIAL
Results of simple internet search found information at following:
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_Vertol_XCH-2#Specifications_.28XCH-62A.29
Helicopter History (helis.com): http://www.helis.com/70s/h_h62.php
While attending US Army flight school in 1975, I saw this gargantuan behemoth at Ft Rucker, Alabama. Impressive, awe-inspiring, stimulates the imagination.
I do not wish to disparage the manufacturer or the engineers and builders of the aircraft. I am confident the aircraft could have flown if the project were completed. However, my brief research concludes the aircraft was never flown. Consequently, it may not be a just comparison with aircraft of demonstrated airworthiness via actual flight.
I cannot verify this, but I suspect the V22 Osprey (USMC) (plus, perhaps, the C17 “Globemaster” (USAF)) were judged acceptable alternatives to perform most of the functions for which this aircraft was designed. These included vertical or short field takeoff and landings (VTOL/STOL), heavy payloads and unimproved landing areas. Plus I think the range and speed of the V22 was better. However, I believe helicopters are best in the roughest LZ/PZs (landing or pick-up zone). It’s great at hovering to find the only spot available to set down, or even if only one skid/wheel can rest on the ground, or even just a very close hover to the ground. This is critical when the terrain is very rough (pronounced slope, i.e. mountainous or edge of cliff; heavy underbrush or foliage; other ground obstacles, i.e. fence lines, hedge rows, rice patty dykes, etc.).
US Army, retired.

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