A helicopter-airplane hybrid, the single-seat Bensen B-8M Gyro-Copter is an experimental homebuilt aircraft designed by Igor Bensen in 1955. Generally considered to be one of the safest and easiest light aircraft to operate, the popular Gyro-Copter was designed to be constructed from pre-fabricated kits or a simple set of plans. The rotor of the Gyro-Copter is not powered, but rotates and generates lift from the airflow created by the forward motion of the aircraft.

The Museum's Bensen B-8M Gyro-Copter is currently undergoing restoration at the Museum's Restoration Center at Paine Field.

Serial Number:
1
Registration:
N8533E
Length:
11ft
Height:
6ft
Rotor Diameter:
20.00ft
Empty Weight:
247lbs
Gross Weight:
500lbs
Maximum Speed:
85mph
Cruise Speed:
60mph
Power Plant:
L72 to 90 horsepower McCullough engine
Range:
100miles

A helicopter-airplane hybrid, the single-seat Bensen B-8M Gyro-Copter is an experimental homebuilt aircraft designed by Igor Bensen in 1955. Generally considered to be one of the safest and easiest light aircraft to operate, the popular Gyro-Copter was designed to be constructed from pre-fabricated kits or a simple set of plans. The rotor of the Gyro-Copter is not powered, but rotates and generates lift from the airflow created by the forward motion of the aircraft.

The Museum's Bensen B-8M Gyro-Copter is currently undergoing restoration at the Museum's Restoration Center at Paine Field.

Serial Number:
1
Registration:
N8533E
Length:
11ft
Height:
6ft
Rotor Diameter:
20.00ft
Empty Weight:
247lbs
Gross Weight:
500lbs
Maximum Speed:
85mph
Cruise Speed:
60mph
Power Plant:
L72 to 90 horsepower McCullough engine
Range:
100miles