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post #1 of 17 Old Feb 25th, 2006, 10:31 pm Thread Starter
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Flying motorcycle

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post #2 of 17 Old Feb 25th, 2006, 10:41 pm
 
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Did you notice that there was no cage around the prop ----just think of all the neat things that suck-up while on the ground . Cool idea though, maybe some-one could incorporate the LT into the scheme .
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post #3 of 17 Old Feb 26th, 2006, 4:50 am
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I wonder if it can be used in Iron Butt Rallies?

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Really cool but where's the tupperware?

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post #5 of 17 Old Feb 26th, 2006, 6:33 am
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Very nice, and only about $4k more than an '06 LT's MSRP...

I wonder if he can scrape the prop while in a tight curve?

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There uses to be in the 70's & 80's a machine called a gyro copter or some thing like that that was very similar to this machine. It was not steet legal but it did pass FAA under experimental aircraft I believe.

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post #7 of 17 Old Feb 26th, 2006, 10:48 am
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Looks like he is reinventing the wheel here!

Go to my homepage link below and take a look at the one I owned and flew back in about 1971. I have some pictures somewhere of me on it in the air, but not handy.

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Go to my homepage link below and take a look at the one I owned and flew back in about 1971. I have some pictures somewhere of me on it in the air, but not handy.

http://www.members.cox.net/kellenbenz/avn.htm

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It is a gyro-copter, but still cool.

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Yes, Gyro Copters have been around since the 1940's, quite a few different versions have come out over the years. Benson was popular in the 50's-60's, still quite a few of them flying.

Kinda strange that anyone would ever call it a "motorcycle" though, even in the broadest sense of the word. About the only thing that even resembles a motorcycle in any way is the front wheel.

I do not know the reasons that Gyro-copters have not caught on better, but many sources of kits and plans have come and gone over the past few decades, with very few now available.

I do not think one could EVER be licensed to ride on highways though, it would never be able to maintain reasonably consistent speeds on the ground, and acceleration when traffic speed changes would be inadequate. Not to mention that prop spinning with no cage around it.

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Flying trike perhaps, but not a flying motorcycle. It has too many wheels
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Hey Dick, remember the 70's movie (I think '70') movie with Dick Van Dyke . . . "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". I always wanted to be able to just 'rise' above the traffic!

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Hey Dick, remember the 70's movie (I think '70') movie with Dick Van Dyke . . . "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". I always wanted to be able to just 'rise' above the traffic!
Yup, John - fakee as it wuz, it prolly got a lotta backyard engineers to thinkin' "I can do that!"

I remember some old movie clips, or newsreels, where this contraption the size of a small car, wuz fitted with a center mounted pole and what looked like a large patio umbrella at the top - fired the thang up and the pole went up and down and the patio umbrella flapped and flopped and the thang literally shook and wobbled and eventually just pile-drived itself into the ground in a heap!! Didn't need anybody to man the ticket counters after that one, I betcha!!
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Yup, John - fakee as it wuz, it prolly got a lotta backyard engineers to thinkin' "I can do that!"

I remember some old movie clips, or newsreels, where this contraption the size of a small car, wuz fitted with a center mounted pole and what looked like a large patio umbrella at the top - fired the thang up and the pole went up and down and the patio umbrella flapped and flopped and the thang literally shook and wobbled and eventually just pile-drived itself into the ground in a heap!! Didn't need anybody to man the ticket counters after that one, I betcha!!
I also liked the one with about 20 wings, started moving then just folded up in the middle. Amazing that people put so much time and money into something that just could not work.

That "umbrella" one is probably the top one of all time though. That contraption looked to weigh a couple tons at best.

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Gyro made in Texas

Here is a link to the Air Command Gryo that is built here in Texas....Caddo Mills in between Rockwall and Sulphur Springs, Tx on I-30. They have several versions available.

http://www.aircommand.com/


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Flying trike perhaps, but not a flying motorcycle. It has too many wheels
If it's got three wheels, does that mean you don't need a license to operate it? Or is that only in Sacramento?

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Just an auto-gyro aka gyrocopter

I doubt it would qualify for travel on public roads, unless the pusher-prop drive disengages and the rear wheels link up to drive instead during land travel. It was too much of a local news puff-piece to get a real idea.

It reminds me of the Airscooter, a real innovative ultralight coaxial twin rotor aircraft:

http://www.airscooter.com/pages/airscooter_main.htm

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