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Old Mar 03, 2005, 06:46 PM
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Hiller Aviation Museum 3/3/2005

I visited the Hiller Aviation Museum today.

Two bizarre things happened:

1. I remembered to bring my camera with me
2. I remembered to CHARGE THE BATTERIES before I went.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 06:47 PM
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In the lobby they had hanging a Rotorcycle.

This is one of my favorite helicopters - you'll see more pictures of it later. They now have two of them.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 06:51 PM
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Hiller 360.

It's the silver looking helicopter in the middle - shot from the front and back.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 06:52 PM
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The Hiller 360 has an odd wing on the tail.

A close up of the tail wing and the tail rotor mechanism.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 06:54 PM
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Fairchild Hiller FH-1100 / OH-5A.

They sort of stacked a lot of helicopters in one area, so it was difficult to take good pictures.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 06:56 PM
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Solotrek XFV.

I'm not sure this qualifies as a helicopter, but cool nonetheless.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 06:59 PM
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This is my personal favorite, the Hiller Rotorcycle.

The pictures didn't come out so well, unfortunately.

There are also some pics on the Museum website:

http://www.hiller.org/exhibits/onlin...le/images.html

also more info here:

http://www.nasm.si.edu/research/aero...iller_yroe.htm

This was designed during the Korean war. It was designed to nr parachuted to downed pilots so they could fly to a safe area. It was designed to be assembled in five minutes with zero tools, and had a range of 40 miles.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:01 PM
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UH-4 Commuter.

Very odd stubby tailed coaxial rotor helicopter.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:04 PM
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Some of the exhibit signs are pretty funny.

This is one about Stanley Hiller teaching a San Francisco department store girl how to fly a helicopter. 22 minutes of instruction, and she's doing her first solo hover.

Really humbling to watch a girl learn hovering in 22 minutes, isn't it?

Not sure what helicopter this is...

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:08 PM
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Hiller Flying Platform.

Another one of my favorites.
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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:10 PM
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The Hiller flying platform has two vanes inside the ducted fan.

It looks like they're used to control forward/backward movement, and the operator controls left/right by leaning.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:11 PM
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A few more flying platforms.

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:13 PM
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Hiller Coleoptor.

Designed for vertical takeoff and horizontal flight. The display there would slowly tilt the Coleoptor. Very weird craft.


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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:18 PM
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Another funny display demonstrating Hiller helicopter stability.

Stanley Hiller demonstrating the stability of his helicopter..."Look Ma no hands!"

The Invisible Man learns helicopter hovering.

"I triple-dog dare you to hang off the side of the helicopter!!"
(hard to see, but there's *two* guys hanging off the sides of the helicopter, one on each side)

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Old Mar 03, 2005, 07:20 PM
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The H-23.

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