Tractor Gyroplanes(Autogyros)<br />A Presentation of virtualultralightmuseum.com<br />
This presentation provides a taste of the design progression of tractor gyroplanes (engines in the front), since it’s ince...
  Airborne 200<br />Designed and built by Michael Guard. Modified Little Wing. Flies well. <br />
  American A-35 (1935)<br />Designed as a road-able craft. Based around a Pitcairn model.<br />
Adelle (Russia)<br />Designed by V. Ustinov. Agricultural aircraft with composite body.<br />
  Avro 671 Rota<br />Introduced by RAF. A variant of the CiervaC30.a.  7 cylinder radial. 140 hp.  Armstrong Siddeley. Cru...
Barsik (Russian)<br />Single piece composite frame. Early prototype.<br />
Bladerunner<br />Artist’s conception. By designer Duncan o’Devonport from New Zealand as explained on Rotary Wing Forum in...
Chkalmid<br />Under construction in Russia.<br />
Ciervo C-4 (1923)<br />Very early Ciervamodel designed by Juan de Cierva. Four bladed rotor. Built from Sommer monoplane. ...
Ciervo C.30 (1933)<br />Designed by Juan de la Cierva as a three blade rotor model  with a radial engine. Spanish-built Ci...
  CL-20 (1934)<br />Westland-Lepere from Britain. 90 hp engine. Empty weight 840 lbs. 2-seater.<br />
Clignogyro (1931)<br />Odier-Bessieres has fixed wing and autogyrocharacteristics. Take-off in 20 yards. 2-seater.<br />
  Deere Tractor<br />Never completed.<br />
  Doyle Tractor<br />No info available. <br />
  Eger (Russian)<br />Another design by Valentin Ustinov.<br />
Eich JE-2 (1977)<br />Two place. 65hp Continental A-65.  Plans marketed to home-builders. Flown successfully.<br />
  Farmer<br />Russian. No info available. <br />
Flettner Fi 184 (1936)<br />Designed by Anton Flettner with a three bladed, torqueless rotor. Single- seat version. Crashe...
  Fred Tractor<br />No info available.<br />
Girhel (1959)<br />Designed by Ing. Georges Lepere. Lift b fixed wings. Two-seater. All metal fuselage. 90 hp. Engine. Pro...
  George Pate <br />Never flown.<br />
Gyroptere (1927)<br />Designed by Lucien Chauviere, a propeller designer. 170kW Renault engine.<br />
Hafner AR-III Mk2 (1937) <br />British advancement over La Cierva.  84 hp. engine. Empty weight 640 lb.<br />
  Harry Albert <br />Mini-plane modified by Virgil Jones. Used a McCulloch J-2 rotor head with modified Dragon Wings blade...
Ikenga Cygnus 21 (1989) <br />David Gittens designer. Early prototype. Flew well. <br />
Ikenga Cygnus 21T<br />David Gittensdesigner.<br />
Ikenga 530Z (1988)<br />David Gittensdesigner.<br />
  JT-9<br />Designed by JukkaTervamaki from Finland. Good performance with low power.<br />
  Jungle Gym<br />Designed by Joe Terminella using Little Wing plans as guide. It was successfully flown but was underpowe...
  KAI-24<br />Russian. Two-seat tandem built at Kharkov Aviation Institute in late 1960’s. 115 hp. engine.<br />
  KASKR-2 (1930-31)<br />First Russian auto-gyro. Designed by N.I. Kamov and N.K. Skrzhinskij. Flown more than 90 times. <...
  Kay Gyro 33/1 (1935)<br />Designed by David Kay. A gyroplane with collective pitch control. 75 hp. engine. Empty weight ...
Kellett K-1<br />Kellett’s first autogyro. Never flown. <br />
Kriek<br />From S. Africa. A Wagtail Aviation design.<br />
Little Wing<br />Little Wing by Ron Herron. Flies well. <br />
  Ninja<br />No info available.<br />
Oskbes Mai-208<br />2 seat crop duster and trainer by A. Zorin, designer<br />
Phenix (Spain)<br />First demonstrated in 2009. Production autogyro.<br />
Pitbull<br />The PitBull by John Van Vorhees. It has flown quite successfully<br />
Whirlwing. (1939) <br />Pitcairn/Larsen PA-36. All metal. 165 hp. engine. Direct-control rotor. 2-seater.<br />
  Popular Mechanics<br />In Popular Mechanics. Chiropractors Gustafson/Stober from Portland, OR.<br />
  Raven<br />Designed by  Jeron Smith. Never flown<br />
  SE-700<br />SNCASE Is a three-seater. Jump take-off. 28-137 mph.<br />
Springkaan<br />S. African. First flew in 2003<br />
  Stauffer<br />Rotor also a wing.<br />
  Tractor Chel<br />From France.<br />
TsAGI A4 (1932)<br />Russian. 2-seater. Designed by<br />V.A. Kuznetsov as a military trainer. Short takeoff. Speed range ...
  Unknown<br />No info available.<br />
  Velocity<br />Future concept by Sport Copter.<br />
Vertigyro VG-1 (1963)<br />Designed by Bruno Nagler. A Piper Colt fuselage. Compressed air rotor allows for vertical take-...
  Vuitton<br />Late 1800s. Never flew.<br />
  Weir W-2 (Brit., 1934)<br />James Weir design. Minimal performance with 50 hp. engine. Jump take-off. Single-seat. <br />
  Weir W-3 (1936)<br />Jump start takeoff vehicle. Adjustable pitch rotor. 50 hp. 650 lbs. fully loaded. Single-seat.<br />
WeymannCTW 201 (1930)<br />Built by Weymann. Four-bladed rotor that tilted forward. 19-93 mph. 2-seater.<br />
Wigal (1963)<br />Designed by Voorhis F. Wigal. Motor tilts to enable hovering and takeoff. 15-60 mph. Single-seat.<br />
Wilford WRK<br />Designed by E. Burke Wilford<br />
Brought to you as a courtesy from<br />virtualultralightmuseum.com. Any further information on the aircraft would be appre...
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  • The 'Barsik' is nor russian, is (or was) made in some place in Spain with the name of AK100.
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  • I would appreciate any other information that would enhance this presentation. For example, any other tractor gyros not included here or any other information to clarify of describe these gyros. Thanks in advance. Jerry Goffman, Curator of virtualultralightmuseum.com
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  • The Deere Tractor Gyro was Designed and Built By Timothy Blackwell.
    I still have the gyro and have started the completion build of this machine.
    I changed the 'never flat' tires out for better rims and air-filled tubes. I will be using a different fuel tank then the seat. I am currently working on the control system and the instrument panel.
    Thank You for listing my design among the Tractor designs of the world!
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    Tim Blackwell
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  • Very nice! Thank you!
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  1. 1. Tractor Gyroplanes(Autogyros)<br />A Presentation of virtualultralightmuseum.com<br />
  2. 2. This presentation provides a taste of the design progression of tractor gyroplanes (engines in the front), since it’s inception in the 1930’s. Some of these aircraft have never flown. Some are just artists conceptions. Some are adaptations of earlier models. And some are currently recreational vehicles.<br />
  3. 3. Airborne 200<br />Designed and built by Michael Guard. Modified Little Wing. Flies well. <br />
  4. 4. American A-35 (1935)<br />Designed as a road-able craft. Based around a Pitcairn model.<br />
  5. 5. Adelle (Russia)<br />Designed by V. Ustinov. Agricultural aircraft with composite body.<br />
  6. 6. Avro 671 Rota<br />Introduced by RAF. A variant of the CiervaC30.a. 7 cylinder radial. 140 hp. Armstrong Siddeley. Cruise 95 mph. Rate of climb 700 ft./min.<br />
  7. 7. Barsik (Russian)<br />Single piece composite frame. Early prototype.<br />
  8. 8. Bladerunner<br />Artist’s conception. By designer Duncan o’Devonport from New Zealand as explained on Rotary Wing Forum in 2004. Partially built.<br />
  9. 9. Chkalmid<br />Under construction in Russia.<br />
  10. 10. Ciervo C-4 (1923)<br />Very early Ciervamodel designed by Juan de Cierva. Four bladed rotor. Built from Sommer monoplane. 110 hp. Single-seat.<br />
  11. 11. Ciervo C.30 (1933)<br />Designed by Juan de la Cierva as a three blade rotor model with a radial engine. Spanish-built Cierva C-30 3/4- scale replica flew successfully with some engine troubles.<br />
  12. 12. CL-20 (1934)<br />Westland-Lepere from Britain. 90 hp engine. Empty weight 840 lbs. 2-seater.<br />
  13. 13. Clignogyro (1931)<br />Odier-Bessieres has fixed wing and autogyrocharacteristics. Take-off in 20 yards. 2-seater.<br />
  14. 14. Deere Tractor<br />Never completed.<br />
  15. 15. Doyle Tractor<br />No info available. <br />
  16. 16. Eger (Russian)<br />Another design by Valentin Ustinov.<br />
  17. 17. Eich JE-2 (1977)<br />Two place. 65hp Continental A-65. Plans marketed to home-builders. Flown successfully.<br />
  18. 18. Farmer<br />Russian. No info available. <br />
  19. 19. Flettner Fi 184 (1936)<br />Designed by Anton Flettner with a three bladed, torqueless rotor. Single- seat version. Crashed on test flight.<br />
  20. 20. Fred Tractor<br />No info available.<br />
  21. 21. Girhel (1959)<br />Designed by Ing. Georges Lepere. Lift b fixed wings. Two-seater. All metal fuselage. 90 hp. Engine. Prototype. May not have flown.<br />
  22. 22. George Pate <br />Never flown.<br />
  23. 23. Gyroptere (1927)<br />Designed by Lucien Chauviere, a propeller designer. 170kW Renault engine.<br />
  24. 24. Hafner AR-III Mk2 (1937) <br />British advancement over La Cierva. 84 hp. engine. Empty weight 640 lb.<br />
  25. 25. Harry Albert <br />Mini-plane modified by Virgil Jones. Used a McCulloch J-2 rotor head with modified Dragon Wings blades. It never flew.<br />
  26. 26. Ikenga Cygnus 21 (1989) <br />David Gittens designer. Early prototype. Flew well. <br />
  27. 27. Ikenga Cygnus 21T<br />David Gittensdesigner.<br />
  28. 28. Ikenga 530Z (1988)<br />David Gittensdesigner.<br />
  29. 29. JT-9<br />Designed by JukkaTervamaki from Finland. Good performance with low power.<br />
  30. 30. Jungle Gym<br />Designed by Joe Terminella using Little Wing plans as guide. It was successfully flown but was underpowered.<br />
  31. 31. KAI-24<br />Russian. Two-seat tandem built at Kharkov Aviation Institute in late 1960’s. 115 hp. engine.<br />
  32. 32. KASKR-2 (1930-31)<br />First Russian auto-gyro. Designed by N.I. Kamov and N.K. Skrzhinskij. Flown more than 90 times. <br />
  33. 33. Kay Gyro 33/1 (1935)<br />Designed by David Kay. A gyroplane with collective pitch control. 75 hp. engine. Empty weight 838 lbs. Single-seat.<br />
  34. 34. Kellett K-1<br />Kellett’s first autogyro. Never flown. <br />
  35. 35. Kriek<br />From S. Africa. A Wagtail Aviation design.<br />
  36. 36. Little Wing<br />Little Wing by Ron Herron. Flies well. <br />
  37. 37. Ninja<br />No info available.<br />
  38. 38. Oskbes Mai-208<br />2 seat crop duster and trainer by A. Zorin, designer<br />
  39. 39. Phenix (Spain)<br />First demonstrated in 2009. Production autogyro.<br />
  40. 40. Pitbull<br />The PitBull by John Van Vorhees. It has flown quite successfully<br />
  41. 41. Whirlwing. (1939) <br />Pitcairn/Larsen PA-36. All metal. 165 hp. engine. Direct-control rotor. 2-seater.<br />
  42. 42. Popular Mechanics<br />In Popular Mechanics. Chiropractors Gustafson/Stober from Portland, OR.<br />
  43. 43. Raven<br />Designed by Jeron Smith. Never flown<br />
  44. 44. SE-700<br />SNCASE Is a three-seater. Jump take-off. 28-137 mph.<br />
  45. 45. Springkaan<br />S. African. First flew in 2003<br />
  46. 46. Stauffer<br />Rotor also a wing.<br />
  47. 47. Tractor Chel<br />From France.<br />
  48. 48. TsAGI A4 (1932)<br />Russian. 2-seater. Designed by<br />V.A. Kuznetsov as a military trainer. Short takeoff. Speed range 26 mph – 106 mph.<br />
  49. 49. Unknown<br />No info available.<br />
  50. 50. Velocity<br />Future concept by Sport Copter.<br />
  51. 51. Vertigyro VG-1 (1963)<br />Designed by Bruno Nagler. A Piper Colt fuselage. Compressed air rotor allows for vertical take-off. 2-seater. Combination helicopter/gyroplane.<br />
  52. 52. Vuitton<br />Late 1800s. Never flew.<br />
  53. 53. Weir W-2 (Brit., 1934)<br />James Weir design. Minimal performance with 50 hp. engine. Jump take-off. Single-seat. <br />
  54. 54. Weir W-3 (1936)<br />Jump start takeoff vehicle. Adjustable pitch rotor. 50 hp. 650 lbs. fully loaded. Single-seat.<br />
  55. 55. WeymannCTW 201 (1930)<br />Built by Weymann. Four-bladed rotor that tilted forward. 19-93 mph. 2-seater.<br />
  56. 56. Wigal (1963)<br />Designed by Voorhis F. Wigal. Motor tilts to enable hovering and takeoff. 15-60 mph. Single-seat.<br />
  57. 57. Wilford WRK<br />Designed by E. Burke Wilford<br />
  58. 58. Brought to you as a courtesy from<br />virtualultralightmuseum.com. Any further information on the aircraft would be appreciated. <br />Contact:<br />Jerry M. Goffman, Curator<br />jerrygoffman@hotmail.com<br />THE END<br />
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