Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Airmail

Today's picture was taken in 1938, and it shows an auto gyro landing at the US Capitol. The auto gyro is powered by a frontward pointing traditional propeller. The upper propeller serves as the wing of the craft. The aircraft was capable of fairly short takeoffs and landings. In this picture, the auto gyro was being evaluated for use as a carrier of airmail.

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  1. I think that Autogyro landing in DC was inauguration of airmail service from downtown, out to a mail plane at the airport.

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  2. uh - oh.

    Do I sense a photo embargo in the works, due to the paucity of interest in helicopters?

    Might floating bags of hot air be more successful?

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  3. I amazed that thing could fly. It looks like some sort of demented bug!

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