1931 Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogyro
In 1992, I was a pilot stationed at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. My wife and I attended a great airshow at Willow Grove Naval Air Station in June of 1992. There were a lot of great displays, both static and aerial, but one of the most striking was a flying display of a 1931 Pitcairn PCA-2 Autogyro painted in the colors of Miss Champion. I believe this is the PCA-2 that was acquired by the Experimental Aircraft Association and is now in the EAA Museum.
Aerial displays at airshows were a problem for my photographic skills and equipment at the time. I had a manual telephoto lens that required me to set the focus, aperture, and shutter speed by hand. Doing this during a fast-moving flying display would have been easy if I had three hands, but alas, I had only two. I am in the process of digitizing several decades of photos, so I keep coming across photos from airshows and museums that are pretty cool. I will continue to post photos that you might find interesting as they turn up.
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