Hiller Aviation Museum
|Location||San Carlos, California|
|Collection size||50+ aircraft|
|Founder||Stanley Hiller Jr.|
The Hiller Aviation Museum is an aircraft history museum located at the San Carlos Airport in San Carlos, California. The museum was founded by Stanley Hiller in June 1998. and is endowed by members of the Hiller family. It specializes in Northern California aircraft history and helicopter history. The museum is also an affiliate within the Smithsonian Affiliations program.
This museum has more than 50 aerospace vehicles along with companion descriptive displays concerning the history of flight. Some of the exhibits include:
- The Hiller XH-44 (replica), first coaxial helicopter to fly in the US
- The Hiller Flying Platform, an experimental aircraft from 1955 to give a single passenger low-altitude flight
- The front 45 feet of a Boeing 747
- Fairchild 24
- Stearman-Hammond Y-1, a mid-1930s trainer also used as a remotely piloted aircraft
- The Rutan Defiant, Burt Rutan's personal homebuilt airplane.
- A Grumman HU-16 Albatross that was the first to circumnavigate the earth.
- The NASA AD-1 oblique wing research aircraft.
This museum sponsored Vertical Challenge, an annual all-helicopter airshow from 2000-2010, and a final one in 2012. In 2011 and 2016 an aviation festival event called Heli-Fest was held instead.
- Costantinou, Marianne (2006-04-23). "Stanley Hiller Jr. -- designed helicopters, created museum". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
- "Affiliate detail: Hiller Aviation Museum". Smithsonian Affiliations. 2011. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-06-17.
- Hiller Flying Platform
- Boeing 747-100 Nose Section and Cockpit
- Grumman HU-16-RD “Albatross”
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