GYROCOPTER
GYROCOPTER

Manufacturer

MCCULLOCH

Markings:

Daryl Riva, Tucson, Arizona, 1987

Designation:

SUPER J-2

Registration:

N4309G

Serial Number:

19

MCCULLOCH SUPER J-2 GYROCOPTER

Autogyros were first developed in the 1930s and are a predecessor to the helicopter. They use a conventional aircraft engine and propeller and an unpowered rotor to give lift. Gyrocopters fly like a conventional aircraft, but have the ability to take off and land in very short distances. The J-2 was designed to be easy to fly and capable of operating from areas little larger than a normal driveway. Unfortunately, it never quite lived up to this standard and safe operation required a conventional runway and while they are relatively easy to fly they are not the "everyman's airplane" they were touted to be. Just over 100 of the J-2s were built between 1971 and 1973. The Super J-2 is identical to the standard aircraft with the exception of a metal three-blade propeller replacing the original two-blade wooden prop.

Specifications

  • Length: 16 ft
  • Height: 8 ft 6 in
  • Weight: 1,600 lbs
  • Max. Speed: 106 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 8,000 ft
  • Range: 200 miles
  • Engines: 1 Lycoming O-360-A2D four-cylinder engine 180 hp
  • Crew: 2