Autogyros, Falcons, Wonder Woman and More at Helicopter Museum’s FatherFest


West Chester’s American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) offers another unforgettable Father’s Day during its annual FatherFest on Sunday, June 16, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. This year’s theme is “Autogyro Fly-In” featuring several autogyros and demonstrations.

The variety of rotary and fixed wing aircraft includes a Magni M-16 Gyrocopter, 2016 Cavalon Autogyro, home-built RotorWay 162-F helicopter, RV-12 home-built airplane, Piper J-3 Cub airplane and Pitts S-2B airplane. Additional static displays consist of the Atlantic City Coast Guard Flotilla’s HH-65 Dolphin helicopter, MedEvac helicopters from JeffSTAT and PennSTAR, a Pennsylvania State Police helicopter and more!

The now legendary FatherFest offers something for everyone. The fun day has classic cars and motorcycles; the Mobile Mess Hall, Haute Wheels and Zac’s Burgers food trucks; Malvern’s Locust Lane Brewery beer garden; sweet treats from Kona Ice and Baked Cookies and Dough; sports-oriented inflatable games; and helicopter rides (additional cost). An interesting, informative talk by Captain Scott Anderson, Commander of U. S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, occurs in the theatre, and The Falconry Girl, Sean Young, presents a birds of prey demonstration and exhibition in the gallery.

Additional entertainment entails DJ music by Full Moon Entertainment, Larry Smythe’s M.A.S.H. military collection, Out of the Box Robotics Team demonstrations and even special appearances by Wonder Woman and Captain America! Dogs from Paws for People(TM) Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services are available for petting, and items Concord Pet Foods & Supplies are available for sale.

Admission is $10.00 per person. Helicopter rides cost $60.00 per person and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:00 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website at for more information.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard, in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogyros and convertiplanes.

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