First flight of a rotorcraft with lead-lag hinges (modified Cierva C.7)

Thursday, May 19, 1927



The aircraft, a modified Cierva C.7, was piloted by Reginald Truelove. The articulation was installed to reduce the in-plane loads that had lead to an earlier crash of a Cierva C.6C when 2 blades became detached in flight. This would prove to be one the fundamental developments to the successful development of practical rotorcraft.

(Source: From the Cierva C.4 to the CarterCopter: An Anlaysis of How the Autogiro Became the Gyroplane, Bruce H. Charnov, Hofstra University, Paper presented at the AHS 60th Annual Forum, Baltimore, MD, June 7-10, 2004)


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