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Aeroplane Monthly 1974-03
J.Kucera - Mr Bensen's Rotorbirds
The "truck’s eye view" of a Bensen B-8 Gyroglider under tow during a dual-instruction session.
This view gives some idea of the skeletal Bensen B-8M structure. The McCulloch four-cylinder engine weighs only 76lb and was primarily designed for one-shot use in military target drones.
Two pictures show Mrs Springer’s B-8M. Its climb rate exceeds 1,200ft/min, and starting is simplified by the 1 h.p. pre-rotating engine on the rotor head.
Starting is simplified by the 1 h.p. pre-rotating engine on the rotor head.
A less-refined B-8M takes to the air.
Mrs Alden Springer lifts off in her custom-built Bensen B-8M. Take-off run is around 300ft.
This pilots-eye view complements the title picture.
A B-8 Gyroglider lifts off under tow. Flight isn’t high or fast or far - but it’s definitely fun.