Photos Helicopter museum
Photos Helicopter museum

Photos - The UK Helicopter Museum

The UK has many great museums dedicated to tanks, aircraft and naval history. There even is a whole museum dedicated to helicopters near Weston-super-Mare on the South West coast of England. The museum has a large helicopter collection including seven Soviet models. Comtourist was in the area, so we paid the museum a visit to shoot some photos of these great Soviet helicopters.

The museum is located on a road in the countryside and easy to reach from Bristol, the biggest city in the area. It is managed by devoted volunteers who spend a lot of their free time maintaining the collection. The museum has a collection of 80 helicopters from all ages, sizes and origin. The seven Soviet made models are a Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum, Mil Mi-1 Hare, Mil Mi-2 Hoplite, Mil Mi-4 Hound, Mil Mi-8PS Hip and a Mil Mi-24D Hind. There is also a Polish WSK Swidnik SM-2 in this impressive collection. The Mil Mi-24D helicopter gunship was bought from the German army after the German reunification and is the top piece of the museum collection. The UK Helicopter museum probably has the largest collection of Soviet helicopters outside the territories of former communist world so is well worth a visit!

Weston-super-Mare - Helicopter museum entrance

Entrance of the UK Helicopter museum near Weston-super-Mare

Weston-super-Mare - Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum

Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum bough in 1973 by the GDR airline Interflug

Weston-super-Mare - Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum

Ka-26 interchangeable unit can be replaced for various purposes

Weston-super-Mare - Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum

Cockpit of the Soviet build Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum helicopter

Weston-super-Mare - Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum

Instruments inside the cockpit of the Kamov Ka-26 helicopter

Weston-super-Mare - Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum

Interior of the interchangeable passengers cabin of the Ka-26

Weston-super-Mare - Mil Mi-1 Hare

Polish built SM-1 variant of the Mil Mi-1 build by PZL-Swidnik

Weston-super-Mare - Mil Mi-2 Hoplite

Mil Mi-2 build under license by the PZL-Swidnik plant in Poland

Weston-super-Mare - Mil Mi-4 Hound

Mil Mi-4 Hound assault transport helicopter developed in 1951

Weston-super-Mare - Mil Mi-4 Hound

The Mi-4 was the Soviet response to the Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw

Weston-super-Mare - Mil Mi-4 Hound

Mil Mi-4 Shvetsov ASh-82V 14-cylinder two row radial piston engine

Weston-super-Mare - Mil Mi-4 Hound

Cargo bay doors at the rear of the Mil Mi-4 transport helicopter

Weston-super-Mare - Mil Mi-4 Hound

Cargo bay of the Mi-4 used by the Czechoslovak Air Force

Weston-super-Mare - Mil Mi-8PS Hip

Rare VIP variant of the Mil Mi-8PS Hip medium transport helicopter

Weston-super-Mare - WSK Swidnik SM-2

The WSK Swidnik SM-2 is a Polish variant of the Soviet Mil Mi-1

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