The Pitcairn Possibility

Whenever I need to shoot, efficiently from the office to the cocktail party, to the golf course, then it’s my Pitcairn Autogiro that I reach for automatically.

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Because they’re ‘secure and practical for recreation and utility’, of course. But…  If we go beyond the marketing spin from 1932, in fact they were reaching toward such utility, but never got there, and it was the helicopter that completed to journey (note they didn’t say ‘cheap’).

I’ve always been keen on the thirties autogiros, a rare beast of nearly fulfilled promise, an aeronautical Gernsback Continuum, that idea by Gibson as discussed here.

James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Image source from the web, via an earlier version of ‘My Vintage Vogue’.

 

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