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Old Jul 11, 2011, 01:13 PM
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There were several of these here in Panama City, FL for along time. Tyndall AFB would shoot them down (sometimes) and who ever recovered the wreckage could keep it.
On accassion the plane would crash in the woods here with minor or even no damage- that was a great find.
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Old Jul 11, 2011, 01:23 PM
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Some of those drone engines found their way on to Benson gyrocopters in the late fiftie's and early sixties
Old Jul 11, 2011, 01:37 PM
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That aircraft is a valuable historic artifact.It should be in a museum some ware.
It is from a time when our manufacturing capability was unmatched.If our boys needed something to shoot at, some one would build it ,well.
I think the AMA would also be interested,between the EAA and the AMA I bet they could find a complete radio set for it .how cool would it be to see that plane buzz the flight line at an air show?
Old Jul 11, 2011, 02:19 PM
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Roland--That is quite an incredible story !! My thanks for sharing it.
I wonder if any of the age group that appears to dominate this site knows who Marilyn M was ?
Old Jul 11, 2011, 02:34 PM
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Some of those drone engines found their way on to Benson gyrocopters in the late fiftie's and early sixties

These motors were designed to run for a short time, the bearings were not long life and the engines were known to run rough at best. To get in an aircraft powered by one of these motors is an invitaion for trouble, however so called "lifetime" bearings could be had, or made.

I dont think the motor could power a bensen.

Great story and thanks for posting, I would like to have the drone but my barn is allready full!

Cheers,

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Old Jul 11, 2011, 02:35 PM
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Some of those drone engines found their way on to Benson gyrocopters in the late fiftie's and early sixties
They still turn up on eBay often. If some "museum" wants it, make sure they pay market value. Don't give it away as a "nice guy gesture" . Museums are businesses too for the most part. They put up a noble front but watch out ! I know first hand .
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Old Jul 11, 2011, 03:37 PM
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Wow- Incredible find.

Lancer31: Very interesting, I loved C&H surplus, went there a bunch of times when I was in College in Pasadena in the 90's Wonder if they are still in business...

Quick google search: they have closed the Pasadena Location, the new address is

C & H Surplus
Categories: Electronics, Hobby Shops, Arts & Crafts
805 Highland Ave
Duarte, CA 91010
(626) 256-7907
www.candhsurplus.com

If you are in the area, like industrial surplus (real industrial surplus parts valves actuators, electronics, motors etc) you will love the place.

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Old Jul 11, 2011, 03:47 PM
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I would love to see where this story goes! What a piece of history! Maybe get some plans made of that sucker.
Old Jul 11, 2011, 04:56 PM
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The engine they used in the Benson gyro was a 4 cyl.I be leave a Mac.
Old Jul 11, 2011, 05:19 PM
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Sent you an email in reference to the drone
Old Jul 11, 2011, 05:46 PM
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Have you tried contacting the CAF Museum in Midland, TX. They have an extensive WWII museum here and might be an avenue to check. This is where Fifi, the only flying B-29 was based.
Old Jul 11, 2011, 06:00 PM
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Following along, neat story. I would like it for my living room!
Old Jul 11, 2011, 06:08 PM
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I have a unused Sensenich prop that was reported to have been a spare for a Navy drone. A co-worker in the Navy off the CA coast tracked these piston drones with RADAR. They transitioned to the turbine drones and noi being used to the speed, lost a few. I'll see if I can find that prop and post a picture.
Old Jul 11, 2011, 06:20 PM
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Following along, neat story. I would like it for my living room!
So would I !!

I am just joking when I say this but....put it on ebay, because thats the only way I am ever going to get a bite at something like this.

That plane is a wonderful piece of aviation and UAV history.
If only it could talk.
Old Jul 11, 2011, 06:47 PM
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"Six Zero Sierra, cleared to land, runway One Six Right".


I was aware of that film's existance, but had never seen it. (I have ordered my copy, so that will be corrected).
As a licensed pilot, flying between 1970 & 1990, and living in Southern California, that 20 years of my life experiences was intricately entwined with many of the people & places mentioned in the clip that was shown on this thread. I am again grateful to all the people who have contributed to this.


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