September 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Autogiro Day

Saturday, September 24
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Aircraft Displays
Hands-On Activities for Kids
NASA Exhibits on Rotary-Wing Aviation
Helicopter Flight Simulations
And Much More!

Autogiro Day is celebrated during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Join a celebration of the earliest rotary-winged aircraft as the Museum celebrates Autogiro Day! Discover the world of autogiros, unique aircraft flown with unpowered rotors. Flown as early as 1923, autogiros were among the leading aircraft designs well into the 1930s. Amelia Earhart set an altitude record of over 18,000 feet flying a Pitcairn autogiro in 1931.

Jean-Pierre Harrison will present:

11:00 AM – James G. Weir, Godfather of the Rotary-wing

12:30 PM – Harold Pitcairn and American Autogiro Development