Italian Science & Technology museum opens major helicopter exhibition

Italian Science & Technology museum opens major helicopter exhibition

2-Dec-2013 Source:

The “Leonardo da Vinci” National Museum of Science and Technology has this weekend opened a new permanent interactive exhibition on helicopters, created in partnership with AgustaWestland. The aim is to trace the history of the helicopter, discover his future and experience the thrill of flying it.

Historical and contemporary objects tell the evolution of vertical flight, from Leonardo da Vinci’s “aerial screw” model right through to the modern-day tiltrotor (as recently reported by A two-meter long model of the AW609 tiltrotor, previously used for wind tunnel aerodynamic development, explains to the visitor how the machine that can take off and land like a helicopter but still fly with the same high performance of a plane thanks to its tilting rotors.

A virtual flight simulator gives the visitor a chance to try, along with a tutor, the experience of flying a real helicopter. Plenty of video and multimedia content enriches the visit and talk about the many uses modern helicopter.

For anyone who wants to find out what are the main controls of a helicopter is then possible to go on a real Agusta-Bell 47.  Another photo from the exhibtion shows an A109A Mk.II from the Finance Guard, coded GdiF-126

THe exhibition is divided in to five themed areas
– The dream of vertical flight
– The helicopter Enrico Forlanini
– The birth of the helicopter
– The modern helicopter
– A look at the future

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December will be the first weekend with a special program in the new area, with guided tours with curator and interactive activities on the theme of flight for adults and children

See also the musuem website and Facebook page

Jeremy Parkin –

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