World record-setting pilot, inventor and manufacturer, Dr. Igor Bensen, President of Bensen Aircraft Corp., Raleigh, N.C. is shown presenting his veteran prototype gyrocopter "The Spirit of Kitty Hawk" to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum during ceremonies held at American Helicopter Society's annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Standing on the left is Mr. Louis Casey, Aircraft Curator of Smithsonian, who is receiving the official World Record plaque earned by Bensen's gyrocopter. On the right is Major General Brooke Allen, Executive Director of the National Aeronautic Assn., Washington, D.C., who displays one of the 12 U.S. National Records awarded to Bensen by NAA. 

The large photo mural behind Mr. Casey depicts the "Spirit of Kitty Hawk" flying over the Wright Brothers historic monument in Kitty Hawk, N.C., where 4 world records were set. 

The Bensen gyrocopter is now on permanent display in the Arts and Industries building which also houses the Wright Brother's "Flyer" and Lindberg's famous "Spirit of St. Louis."

Bensen Aircraft Corp "Spirit of Kitty Hawk" admitted to Smithsonian museum

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World record-setting pilot, inventor and manufacturer, Dr. Igor Bensen, President of Bensen Aircraft Corp., Raleigh, N.C. is shown presenting his veteran prototype gyrocopter "The Spirit of Kitty Hawk" to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum during ceremonies held at American Helicopter Society's annual convention in Washington, D.C.

Standing on the left is Mr. Louis Casey, Aircraft Curator of Smithsonian, who is receiving the official World Record plaque earned by Bensen's gyrocopter. On the right is Major General Brooke Allen, Executive Director of the National Aeronautic Assn., Washington, D.C., who displays one of the 12 U.S. National Records awarded to Bensen by NAA.

The large photo mural behind Mr. Casey depicts the "Spirit of Kitty Hawk" flying over the Wright Brothers historic monument in Kitty Hawk, N.C., where 4 world records were set.

The Bensen gyrocopter is now on permanent display in the Arts and Industries building which also houses the Wright Brother's "Flyer" and Lindberg's famous "Spirit of St. Louis."

 

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