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The Cierva Autogiro C6D, c 1926.

The Cierva Autogiro C6D, c 1926.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


Model (scale 1:10). In an attempt to make flying safer at take-off and landing, the Spaniard Juan de la Cierva (1895-1936) developed the 'gyroplane', in which the lift is achieved by a free spinning rotor. The autogiro, predecesor to the true helicopter, was first demonstrated in 1926. After a career devoted to making a reliable gyroplane, Cierva died in a fixed-wing aircraft which crashed upon take-off.

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