Tilting Rotor Steers New Autogiro (Oct, 1933)
Tilting Rotor Steers New Autogiro
Unusual Craft Has No Wings and Vanes Fold So it Can Be Stored in a One-Car Garage One overhead handle in the cabin of the latest type of autogiro, now being successfully tested and flown at Willow Grove, Pa., enables the pilot to steer up, down, or sideways and to bank the craft simply by tilting the windmill-like rotor. The experimental model carries a horizontal rudder, but tests indicate that this may be superfluous. There are no ailerons or elevators, and the stub wing usually present in this type of craft is missing. Because of the simplicity of control, the new craft is expected to be especially suited to the novice pilot and is soon to be marketed. Other striking innovations are embodied in the new machine. A clutch disconnects the motor from the propeller and transfers the power to a tail wheel, steered from the cabin, so that the plane can run out of its hangar under its own power. The vanes fold out of the way when the plane is stored so it occupies no more space than an auto. It has a top speed of 105 miles an hour.