This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.
In 1954, Igor Bensen designed this Gyroglider as a means to introduce teenagers and aviation enthusiasts to the thrills of flight with minimal cost. The pilot relied on an automobile or other motorized vehicle to pull the aircraft aloft. The movement of air through the rotor disc caused the blades to autorotate, which provided lift. The B-6 Gyroglider needed a relative wind speed of 32 kph (20 mph) to remain airborne.
Kit plans and critical parts for the production B-7 version were available, starting at $100. The kit included options for either skids or wheeled landing gear, which required steel-soled shoes for braking. Towed aircraft did not require certification unless the pilot detached from the towrope in flight. Bensen later modified a B-7 Gyroglider with a motor, resulting in his highly successful Gyrocopter line.
Gift of Bensen Aircraft Corp.
Bensen Aircraft Corp.
Country of Origin: United States of America
Inventory number: A19660382000