Bensen Autogyros

Gyro-Boat ►

One of Benson’s most innovative designs was the Gyro-Boat This craft could only ‘fly’ while being towed by a normal boat.

Подпись:Bensen Autogyros◄ Flying Scooter

The ‘Sky Skooter’ was one of many Benson aircraft. Little is known about this ingenious but apparently unsuccessful design.

Bensen Autogyros

A VTOL ‘shopping trolley’

The strange twin-rotored ‘Prop-Copter’ resembled something from tho supermarket.

▼ Star Autogyro

Gyrocopters were used tor a variety of different roles. This heavily modified example appears to have been used for filming purposes.

Bensen Autogyros


>• When Its flight testing was completed Spirit of Kitty Hawk was donated to tho Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

>■ The original Bensen Autogyro, first soon In 1959, was known as the B-7M.

► Neither machine evaluated by tho USAF was adopted by the service.


► From his oxporience at Kaman Aircraft Bensen built a one-off truo helicopter which featured twin co-axial rotors.

>■ A single gyrocoptor flow non-stop from California to the Catalina Islands.

► In 1987 Bensen Aircraft said it was coasing tho production of autogyros.

Bensen Autogyros




Bensen Autogyros

Bensen B-8M


Type: nngto-seat lightweight autogyro


Bensen Autogyros

-Above; Recreation was a popular advertising theme in 1950s America and signified a new age of optimism. Bensen Aircraft was quick to appreciate the trend.


Right: Hovering in tho only true Bensen helicopter.

which incorporated co-axial rotors, company founder Igor Bensen demonstrates tho relay winch.




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Two Benson aircraft, о B-8M Gyro-copter and an unpowered B-8 Gyro-glidor, were acquired by the USAF in 1968. Known ns X-25s, they were used for research into tho uso of controlled parachutes.


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Bensen Autogyros

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