Wednesday, June 22, 2011
1932: A HELICOPTER, RIGHT? WRONG! IT'S AN AUTOGIRO (AUTOGYRO)
At first glance the above aircraft would seem to be an early helicopter. However, the helicopter has rotary blades that are POWERED by an engine. The Auto giro's rotors are powered by air. Think of the seeds of a maple tree as the rotate to the ground rather than fall flat. The gas driven propeller on the auto giro give the aircraft the power to climb and descend, all aided by the rotation of the rotors through various air changes in the speed of the craft. Further fascinating information on this incredible aircraft is to be found right here in the Mercer County area, where the Garth Pitcairn auto giro is housed in a hangar at Robbinsville Airport. If you Google PITCAIRN AUTO GIRO you will find fascinating videos and info on the auto giro.