Classic Rotors Museum, Ramona Airport

There are many unique and fascinating airframes at this excellent museum. Unfortunately the large hangar is absolutely cram-packed, and, even by my standards, some aircraft were simply impossible to photograph, for example a very rare original Bell 47B spray-chopper. Others were just about possible, so there are a few rather overcrowded or poorly-exposed shots among these photos, but I think they're better than nothing. We visited on 1st May.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Adams-Wilson Hobbycopter 101 N9192Z 1958 Triumph-engined kit-built helicopter.
Bell HH-1N Iroquois 158256 403 Ex N441PA
Bensen (Kondra Copter) B-8M N1820  
Boeing Vertol HH-46E Sea Knight 157688 USMC ex N57688
Bolkow Bo102 Helitrainer None Only ever flown in tethered mode.
Convertawings Model A Quadrotor N63N World's first successful quadcopter capable of forward flight. Flew many times from 1956.
DuPont Aerospace DP-1C None Demonstrator of a jet-powered VTOL transport project. Made tethered unmanned flights in 2003.
Goodyear GA-400R-3 Gizmo N69N Light helicopter project - this version was collapsible for dropping to downed pilots.
Gyrodyne QH-50D DASH DS-1709 Last photo shows the control box for the ship-based 'pilot'.
Hiller 1094 CAMEL Unknown Collapsible Airborne Military Equipment Lifter - 16 of them could fit in a C-130.
Hiller H-23B Raven N7299 Ex Netherlands AF O-1
Hiller YH-32 (HU-1) Hornet N3955 US Army. Rotor-tip ramjets had very high fuel consumption and noise.
Hughes 269A N8728F  
Hughes Ring Wing Vehicle (RWV)   VTOL recce drone project
Kaman H-43A Huskie N2856J (NR2856J) Ex USAF 58-1840
Kamov Ka-26 Hoodlum-A N4106H Ex Aeroflot CCCP-19617
Learjet 35 N506HL EX USAF C-21A 84-0076
McCulloch J-2 N4364G 1969 autogyro designed by Drago Jovanovich. At least 83 built.
McCulloch J-2 Unknown  
MD Helicopters MD 500N NOTAR '12917J' US Army/DARPA
Mil (PZL-Swidnik) Mi-2 OM-LJQ EX OK-LJQ
Monte-Copter 15 Triphibian N69P Sole example of this 1960 three-seat amphibian with a compressor powering cold rotor-tip jets.
Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever N7089F Canadian Navy markings, ex USAF 51-16621
Piasecki-Vertol H-21B Work Horse N64606 (NX64606) Marked as 'US Army 44001'. Ex USAF 54-4001, French Marines F-YDCB, French Army 8-000-114
Quadcopter UAV firebomber None Autonomous firebomber project.
Robnson R66 mockup None I think it's a mockup.
Roton ATV rotor head   The rotor head from the Rotary Rocket Roton ATV (see my Miscellaneous page).
Rotorway Exec 162F N917MT  
Rotorway Scorpion    
Sikorsky H-19D Chickasaw N2256G Ex USAF 57-5962
Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard 1395 USCG
Sikorsky S-52-3 (HO5S-1) N9433H First production example. Ex USMC 125516, CF-GWE, N6994C.
Sud Aviation SA-319B Alouette III N6UH Ex French Army
Sud Ouest SO1221S Djinn F-BRGC Ex French AF FR112. Compressor-powered rotor-tip jets. Successful, with 178 built.
Westland Wasp HAS1 N612VH Ex Royal Navy XV639

Section home page

Aviation home page