The UK’s premier location for the preservation and operation of vintage Military Helicopters
Historic Helicopters was established in 2013 with the aim to preserve, restore to airworthy status and operate a select fleet of vintage Military Helicopters. The brainchild of Mr. Andrew Whitehouse, this pioneering and unique collection has forged new ground in the world of historic aircraft preservation.
The fleet currently consists of the following:
Westland Whirlwind HAR10 XJ729
Westland Wessex HU5 XT761
Westland Wessex HU5 XT771
Westland Sea King HAR3 XZ597
Westland Sea King HC4 ZF122
A small and dedicated team of Aircraft Engineers are employed to preserve and maintain the Historic Helicopters fleet. Most of these Engineers are former members of the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience and a few of them have previously worked on the very aircraft which now occupy our hangar.
During the Airshow season, we are busy attending as many events as possible. We allow access to the aircraft cabin and on some days the winch. We also carry an extensive range of merchandise. All profits from the sale of this merchandise are shared equally between Aircraft Restoration, the Navy Wings Charity and the RAF Benevolent Fund.
We are currently in the process of establishing a Visitor Centre and small museum to complement this astonishing collection of Historic Helicopters.
The primary focus of the displays will be to chart the history of Royal Navy & Royal Air Force Search and Rescue and the history of the Commando Brigade Air Squadron, the Commando Helicopter Force and the “Junglie” Helicopters.
We would be most grateful to receive donations of artefacts, photographs, models, documents, uniforms and equipment related to Royal Navy/Royal Air Force SAR and Commando Aviation.