First flight of the Gyrodyne GCA-2A (first compound helicopter in USA)

Wednesday, November 30, 1949



This was a development of the GCA-2. It was a thrust compounded helicopter with 2 externally mounted propellers mounted on outriggers. This was the first compound helicopter to fly in the USA.

Source: 2020 VFS History Calendar


Aircraft related to this milestone
Gyrodyne GCA-2A Helidyne


Related biographies
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