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Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider Collection

Creator:
Bensen, Igor.  Search this
Names:
Bensen Aircraft Corporation  Search this
Extent:
Enter vol amt Cubic feet ((1 box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Plans (drawings)
Manuals
Brochures
Date:
bulk 1978
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of the Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider documentation: Building and Operating Manual; plan drawings; Rotorcraft Dictionary; Bensen-related brochures; list of tools needed to build a gyrocopter; Building and Operating Material Specifications for Bensen Models B-8 and B-8M; Catalog No. 81 and order form; Installment Purchase Plan documents and price list; and a "I'd Rather be flying a Bensen Gyrocopter" bumper sticker.
Biographical / Historical:
In 1953, Dr. Igor Bensen, an immigrant from the USSR where he had been chief research engineer of the Kaman Aircraft Corporation, established the Bensen Aircraft Corporation in Raleigh, North Carolina. He initially planned to produce commercial helicopters, but switched to the private market when he realized that the relative safety of rotary craft would be attractive to private pilots. His first aircraft was the Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider, which was unpowered and could be flown without a pilot's license in the United States. It could be built at home from a kit that an aspiring pilot would purchase from the company or could be purchased already assembled.
Provenance:
Dave Spriggs, Gift, Year received
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Autogiros  Search this
Airplanes, Home-built  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Aeronautics  Search this
Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider  Search this
Gliders (Aeronautics)  Search this
Genre/Form:
Plans (drawings)
Manuals
Brochures
Citation:
Bensen B-8 Gyro-Glider Collection, Accession number 2006-0029, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2006.0029
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2006-0029

Bensen B-6 Gyroglider

Manufacturer:
Bensen Aircraft Corp.  Search this
Type:
CRAFT-Rotary Wing
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Credit Line:
Gift of Bensen Aircraft Corp.
Inventory Number:
A19660382000
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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National Air and Space Museum Collection
Location:
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Hangar:
Boeing Aviation Hangar
Data Source:
National Air and Space Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/nv91a824091-199e-4c59-84c1-85c7f5d89d5e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nasm_A19660382000
Online Media:

Bensen Gyro-glider : construction & flight manual

Title:
Gyro-glider : construction & flight manual
Author:
Bensen Aircraft Corporation  Search this
Physical description:
54 leaves : ill., diagrams ; 28 cm
Type:
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Date:
1964
C1967
Topic:
Ultralight aircraft--Design and construction  Search this
Ultralight aircraft--Piloting  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1028302

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