The Cierva Autogiro C6D, c 1926.

Image number: 10216059

The Cierva Autogiro C6D, c 1926.

Model (scale 1:10). In an attempt to make flying safer at take-off and landing, the Spaniard Juan de la Cierva (1895-1936) developed the 'gyroplane', in which the lift is achieved by a free spinning rotor. The autogiro, predecessor to the true helicopter, was first demonstrated in 1926. After a career devoted to making a reliable gyroplane, Cierva died in a fixed-wing aircraft which crashed upon take-off.

Image number:
10216059
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
20 October 2003 12:11
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Science Museum