M*A*S*H Helicopter at EAA AirVenture


This past July, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EEE) held its annual Airventure airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. More than 640,000 people attended the week-long gathering. In August, the EEE uploaded a video to YouTube briefly documenting the history and restoration of one of the Bell 47 helicopters used during the production of M*A*S*H.

It’s remarkable that this helicopter still survives today, nearly 70 years after it was built in 1951.

(Thanks to Kurt.)

2 Replies to “M*A*S*H Helicopter at EAA AirVenture”

  1. Excellent video and thanks for sharing @RJ and thanks to Kurt for making you aware of it. Would have loved to have been able to see that in person. Very interesting trivia to know there were 3 used throughout the series, 2 of which were wrecked in crashes, and that they covered the blue seats with an army blanket throughout the series. It’s entirely possible that this is the one that Alan Alda was in for the final shot of the series.

    The owner clearly put some care into rebuilding it, and seemed liked he was holding back tears a bit talking about it. Almost got me tearing up a little bit!

    When I get a chance I’m going to pull up GFA and see if the serial numbers can be identified on the chopper used there. Probably not as I don’t recall seeing them in the show at any time, but worth a shot.

  2. Sort of related to this (…sort of…), but it’s a darned bit of interesting piece of “M*A*S*H” history: Johnny Green, who played one of the Joker’s green-haired band member henchmen in that “Surfs Up” episode of the Adam West “Batman” TV show, told me this story during this past September’s 3rd annual Adam West Day (held in West’s hometown of Walla Walla, Washington)….

    Several years ago, somebody bought an ordinary-looking used helicopter and, after reading up on the papers on it, discovered that it was the same vehicle that had actually been the Batcopter in the 1966 “Batman” movie. The new owner has since re-decorated it to look like the movie Batcopter.

    Oh wait … but there’s more….!

    The helicopter’s owner also discovered after purchasing it that his helicopter … which had once been the Batcopter … was later repainted a few years later to be used as helicopter for some further Hollywood work. Yep … the Batcopter of 1966 was later used for “M*A*S*H”! It wasn’t totally clear from our conversation if it was a “M*A*S*H” -movie- helicopter or a “M*A*S*H” -TV series- ‘copter, though. Add that to your trivia banks!

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