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American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Boulevard
West Chester
West Chester, Pa 19380
Cross Street: Airport Road
610.436.9600
Hours of Operation
Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only. Open Wenesday through Saturday 10:00am til 5:00pm last ticket taken at 4:00pm Sundays open 12:00pm til 5:00pm last taken at 4:00pm
The American Helicopter Museum & Educational Center opened to the public in October 1996 to serve as a "lasting tribute to those men and women who pioneered the development of rotary wing aircraft" and to encourage future generations of aviation pioneers. The Museum enjoys an excellent relationship with the U.S military and with many of the manufacturers of today's civilian and military helicopters. Many people have played an important role in the founding and building of the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, but none more so than distinguished aviator Peter Wright. A celebrated veteran of the famed Flying Tigers (1941-42), and founder of Keystone Helicopter, Mr Wright is considered a pioneer of the commercial helicopter industry. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross. Largely because of his vision, his devotion to the cause and his unceasing efforts The American Helicopter Museum became a reality in 1996. The Museum's exhibits and archival files chronicle the efforts of pioneers like, Pitcairn, Kellett, Young and Piasecki , and today it continues to record the new and ever expanding role of the U.S. helicopter industry. The continuation of the Museum as a showcase for the helicopter industry and as an important and viable institution was solidified in 2003 when The Robinson Helicopter Company generously endowed it with a gift of $1,000,000.
  • Helocopter Rides: 2011 Helicopter Ride Dates:
    Saturday, July 23rd
    Saturday, September 24th (RotorFest)
    Sunday, September 25th (RotorFest)
    Saturday, December 17th
    Please read the following rules for helicopter rides: More information

    Education Programs: Educational programs are conducted Monday through Friday 10:00am - 4:00pm. 

  • Field trips should be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance. 
  • Groups should be between 10 and 60. 
  • Field trip cost is $7.00 per student. 
  • Up to four Teachers and bus drivers are admitted free. 
  • Mileage is charged for locations beyond a 30 mile radius from the Museum. .
  • Roto Fest: Join us for RotorFest 2011 - The World's Largest All Helicopter Air Show!!! Why: To celebrate our helicopter history and inspire the inventors of tomorrow! Helicopter Rides $40/person! Who: The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center presents RotorFest 2011 What: The World's Largest All Helicopter Air Show. Where: 1220 American Blvd., West Chester, PA - off Airport Rd. between the Brandywine Airport & QVC When: Rain or Shine - Saturday & Sunday. Sept. 24th & 25th. From 10:00am to 4:30pm. Status: Click here for latest Air Show updates!

     

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