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Archimedes Rotorcraft & V/STOL Museum


Rotorcraft & V/STOL Museum

was founded in 1989 by six members of the Cincinnati Rotorcraft Association (CRA). CRA is chapter #40 of the Popular Rotorcraft Association a worldwide organization of owners and homebuilders of Gyroplanes and Helicopters. The museum also gathered support from members of the Dayton chapter of the American Helicopter Society. Archimedes is unique in being the only rotorcraft museum that devotes interest in homebuilt rotorcraft along with type certified machines and also other V/STOL devices such as flying platforms.

The museum started its life in Middletown, Ohio by renting a T-hangar at Hook Field, (Middletown Municiple Airport), which is just south of Dayton, Ohio - the Birthplace of Aviation. Founder, Glenn Bundy, donated a Bensen B7 "Gyroglider" originally built in 1959, and Walt Bullerwell of Clarksville, Tennessee donated a Bensen B7m "Gyrocopter" and a museum was born. The foundation was laid and Archimedes Rotorcraft & V/STOL Museum achieved 501(c)(3) status in January, 1990.

The museum moved in 1991 into 3 T-hangars at Brookville Airpark, Brookville, Ohio. Les Smithhart of Dayton,Ohio donated a Umbaugh Air & Space 18-A. Through donations, a Bensen B-9 "Lil Zipster" was acquired. A Rotorway "Scorpion Too" was donated. Many other donations of machines, parts, and documentation have followed.

In 1997 the museum moved to PRA Mentone Airport, Mentone, Indiana the home base of the Popular Rotorcraft Association. The PRA and its members have been the main source of support over the last 24 years.

The collection of machines continues to grow and our most novel piece is Dr. Igor Bensen's own B8-M Gyrocopter. We have restored this machine to pristeen condition thanks to Rufus Howard, Gary Goldsberry, and Max Faulkner.

Here is Igor's Bensen in the museum.

The picture here is Dr. Bensen during the 1991 PRA International Convention in Brookville, Ohio.

On the right, a Scorpion Too in the museum.

A beautiful Rotorway Exec on display in the museum.