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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Coming Up: Autogiro Day at Hiller

Never heard of an autogiro? Me either! Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos is featuring these flying machines on Saturday, September 29 in a special day of activities featuring the earliest rotary-winged aircraft. These were the leading aircraft designs from the 1920s into the 30s. And Amelia Earhart set an altitude record flying one at 18,000 feet. They look like funky helicopters.

10-11 Autogiros arrive - weather permitting
10:30-1:30 - rotor roundup exhibition and kids' activities
11-12 - soar with books (preschool reading program - $1.50/child fee for nonmembers)
11-2 - flight simulators, open-helicopter missions available (extra fee)
11 - presentation on autogiros and helicopters by Jean-Pierre Harrison
12 - another presentation by Harrison on James Weir and the development of the autogiro
12 - autogiros depart - weather permitting
1:30-4:30 - whirlybirds away program (advanced registration required; hands-on workshop for grades 1-5; you'll take home a remote controlled helicopter; program fee of $50 for nonmembers, $45/member, includes admission as well)

What: Autogiro Day
When: Saturday, September 29 from 10-4:30
Where: Hiller Aviation Museum

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