June 12, 2018 – West Chester, PA – The American Helicopter Museum & Education Center’s (AHMEC) FatherFest on Sunday, June 17, promises fun and excitement for all ages. Classic cars and motorcycles, food trucks, a beer garden, sports-oriented inflatable games and more await visitors from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The annual event also boasts a dozen rotary and fixed wing aircraft. Its roster includes a Magni M-16 gyrocopter; helicopters from the United States Coast Guard Air Station, Atlantic City, the Pennsylvania State Police and AgustaWestland; a home-built RotorWay 162-F and Robinson R-44 and R-66 helicopters; and fixed wings: a Piper J-3 Cub, T-28 Trojan Navy Trainer and Waco biplane.
Plenty of activities highlight the day like Mike Dupuy Falconry’s demonstration at 1:00 in the gallery, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Commander Captain Scott Anderson’s talk at 12:15 in the classroom and Master Your Drone’s Kim Masters’ showing her drone pilot skills in the theater all day. Other features include The Falconry Girl, Margaret Young, with birds of prey, Larry Smythe’s M.A.S.H. military collection and dogs from Paws for People™ Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services. Full Moon Entertainment provides great music. And groups like the United States Army, United States Coast Guard Flotilla 04-76 and Chapter 436 of Vietnam Veterans of America present information about their respective organizations.
Hood’s BBQ & Deli, Zac's Burger, Haute Wheels and The Tot Cart food trucks serve a variety of culinary delights while Malvern’s Locust Lane Brewery’s Beer Garden has amazing brews. Crossan Kettle Corn sells wonderful goods and Kona Ice serves cold, tasty treats.
Admission is $10.00 per person. Helicopter rides cost $60.00 per person extra on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website at www.americanhelicopter.museum for more information.
The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, 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, autogiros and convertiplanes.