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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-8 Gyro-Glider

Collection Creator:
National Air and Space Museum. Archives Division.  Search this
Container:
Drawer AB, Folder 170035-30
Type:
Archival materials
Scope and Contents note:
Photos
Collection Restrictions:
The majority of the Archives Department's public reference requests can be answered using material in these files, which may be accessed through the Reading Room at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia. More specific information can be requested by contacting the Archives Research Request.
See more items in:
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft
National Air & Space Museum Technical Reference Files: Aircraft / Series A: Aircraft / Bensen Aircraft Corp (Raleigh, NC)
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nasm-xxxx-1183-a-ref6125

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