AHMEC to Receive New Hydro-Gyroglider Exhibit

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) will welcome a new addition to its helicopter family on Friday, June 9:  a Bensen B-7W Hydro-Gyroglider. Gene Anderson, the craft’s owner, will deliver it disassembled during the early afternoon, and museum volunteers will reassemble it for display in the gallery.

This hydro-gyroglider was home-built and flown in 1957 and beyond by Anderson and Clyde Bastian from plans supplied by Igor Bensen, whose Bensen Aircraft Corporation produced a series of such aircraft, dubbed “gyrogliders” by Bensen. During the 1950s, rotor kites were developed as recreational aircraft. A boat towed the rotor kite into the air at 20 to 35 miles per hour. Lift was obtained by the flow of air over the rotor.

“Our intention was to build a basic unit with floats that could be adapted to land as a wheeled glider and, with the addition of a pusher prop engine, become a ‘Gyrocopter’ for land or water,” explained Anderson. This one-of-a-kind aircraft has flown on the Meramec and Mississippi rivers near St. Louis and in boating events on the St. Louis riverfront and was displayed in local boat shows, including the St. Louis Arena.

Join us for this exciting new addition to our helicopter family!

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