As well as static displays, we also have a few that allow you to experience "hands on" the way an aircraft works.

Hughes 500 Helicopter ControlsHelicopter Controls Demonstrator

The attitude of a helicopter in the air in not controlled by rudder, ailerons or elevators; these would not work when the helicopter is hovering, or moving slowly.

To tilt the aircraft, the angles each of the rotor blades make with the air - the "angle of attack" - is changed, so that more lift is generated on one side or the other. The control column of the helicopter is used to make these changes, by altering the alignment of the "swash plate" under the rotor.

The tendency of the helicopter to rotate opposite to the direction of the rotor is balanced by the thrust of its tail rotor. The foot pedals control the speed of the tail rotor, so that the aircraft can be turned with or against this effect.

Visitors may turn the rotor (SLOWLY) and the controls, to see these principles at work.


Gardan Sud Horizon Demonstrator

The display is labelled:

"Gardan Sud Horizon GY80-180

Built in France this aircraft was flown to Australia in 1968 by Dr Dicks, husband of Robin Miller, the famous flying nurse known to aborigines as "The Sugar Bird Lady" from her distribution of polio vaccine on thousands of sugar cubes.

Children may get inside if supervised by Museum staff."

The aircraft has been modified by Alan Rye, a Museum volunteer, to allow visitors to experience the operation of the controls of a normal aircraft. The operation of the rudder, elevators and ailerons which control the attitude of the aircraft in flight can be seen from the cockpit as the control pedals and wheel are moved.

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Saurdays include the running of the Cheetah IX Engine plus the raising and lowering of the rocket launcher.

Private Lancaster tours are available upon request.