Located inside a 20,000-square-foot hangar, the American Helicopter Museum displays 70 years of vintage and modern helicopters. The museum opened in 1996 and includes artifacts and exhibits that explore the roles of helicopters throughout the years, including the roles they have played in agriculture, police surveillance, rescue missions and during times of war. The museum also offers exhibits that share the stories of the men and women who have designed, operated, and maintained helicopters.
Highlights of the museum include a gyrocopter, a Bell AH-1F Cobra, and the only V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey in the world that’s on public display. Visitors can also climb into some of the helicopters where they can fiddle with the dials, switches, and pedals. The museum also features a library and archives that houses 18,000 items including books, technical papers, operating and maintenance manuals, photographs, videos, drawings, hardware, and other related historical artifacts.