BÜCKEBURG – The Cornu Helicopter

Cornu first built an unmanned experimental design powere by a 2 hp Buchet engine.It was powered by a 24 horsepower (18 kW) Antoinette engine. He piloted this construction himself at Normandy, France on November 13, 1907. Previously, a French helicopter, the Breguet-Richet Gyroplane I, had managed to lift off under its own power, but it had been held in position by men standing on the ground. Cornu’s performance was a considerable progress because his aircraft flew without additional support and lifted Cornu about 30 cm (1 ft) for 20 seconds . Unfortunately this early helicopter was scarcely maneuverable and had only a few additional flights. The construction was not much further developed by this technical pioneer, who had to keep on making a living by manufacturing bicycles. Now it’s exposed in the Hubschraubermuseum Bückeburg (Bückeburg Helicopter Museum) located in the German town of Bückeburg.

Release Dates

2011, 2012


  • Coin Alloy Name: brass
  • Coin Alloy Color: gold
  • Coin Diameter: 35,00
  • Coin Thickness: 2,00
  • Coin Edge: serrated, fine
  • Country: Germany
  • Available: no
  • Location: BÜCKEBURG, Germany