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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedDisappointing News About Pitcairn Autogiro

The restored Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro during flight-testing late last week at Andy Barnhart Memorial Airport near Dayton, Ohio. The Autogiro's rotor blades were damaged on July 17, so it won't be coming to AirVenture this year.
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EAA has just been informed that due to an unfortunate incident, the Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro will not be able to attend EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 as announced earlier. Jack Tiffany, the lead restorer in the project in Ohio, called with news that during testing on Thursday, July 17, the rotor blades of the Autogiro were significantly damaged and will require a complete rebuild. Thankfully, no injuries or other aircraft damages were reported.

"Obviously, we're all disappointed that the Pitcairn will not be here this year," said H.G. Frautschy, EAA's Vintage Aircraft Association executive director. "This has been a multi-year effort on the part of Jack Tiffany and the crew at Leading Edge Restorations, and as Jack pointed out during his call this morning, each portion of the restoration and flight-testing has been a learning experience. We wish our friends in Ohio well and look forward to seeing the Pitcairn in the future."


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