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The Autogiro Co. of America was formed in 1931 to hold the US licensing rights of the Cierva Autogiro Co, Ltd. of England. Autogiro sublicensed these rights to Kellet Autogiro Co [Philadelphia, PA] and Pitcairn Autogiro Co [Willow Grove, PA], which developed and manufactured a number of autogiros during the 1930s. During World War II, Kellet stopped working on autogiros in favor of helicopters. Pitcairn Autogiro became Pitcairn Larsen Autogiro in 1940 then G&A Aircraft, Inc., which was bought out by Firestone Aircraft in 1943 before fading from the aviation scene. In 1958 Autogiro brought suit against the United Sates, charging that the government had infringed on Autogiro's patent rights by procuring rotary wing aircraft from Bell, Hiller, McCollock, and Vertol/Piasecki, which were not sublicensees of Autogiro's patents.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0060

Date

1958-1962

Provenance

No Donor Information, gift, XXXX-0060, Unknown

Extent

10.4 Linear feet

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Patents

Contracts

Publications

Transcripts

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents relating to the 1958-62 Autogiro Company of America vs. the United States. The collection includes transcripts of hearings and copies of patents and contracts relevant to the case.

Genre/Form

Patents

Contracts

Publications

Transcripts

Rights

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Names

Autogiro Company of America

Cierva Autogiro Co, Ltd.

Kellet Autogiro Corp

Pitcairn Autogiro Co, Inc.

Topics Aeronautics -- Law and legislation
Autogiros
Aeronautics

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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