Harold Pitcairn had been the founder of an aeroplane manufacturing company bearing his name and based at Willow Grove, Philadelphia, USA He recieved a licence to build autogiros in the USA after its founder had visited Juan de la Cierva in the United Kingdom and his company was subsequently renamed the Pitcairn Autogiro Company

More important to the US military aviation, Cierva and Pitcairn licenced the Kellett Autogiro Corporation of Philadelphia to build autogiros and the developed Kellett YG-1 of the late 1930s became the US Army's first rotary-winged aircraft

After the company became the G & A Aircraft Division of Firestone, the emergence of Bell and Sikorsky in a depleted post-war market discouraged one of the most important early pioneers from continuing the helicopter development in the early 1940s...

Models: PCA-1 (one was build)
PCA-2 (First commercially licenced autogiro in the USA, 20 built)
PAA-1 (some 20 were build)
PA-18 (19 were build 1932-1933)
PA-19 (the largest autogiro in the USA)
PA-20 (1932),
PA-21 (1932),
PA-22 (1933),
PA-24 (1932),
PA-33 (1935),
PA-34 (1936),
PA-35 (1937),
PA-36 (1938)


User Contributed Notes

Add note to this page

Latest News

Eight More AW139 for Italian Customs and Coast Guard

HAL Invite Private Partners for ALH Civil Dhruv

Vietnam’s VNH South Honored Its Customers

Exercise Dark Dune 2017-II

Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth Commissioned

Able to Overhaul Tucson Police Bell 206s

NYPD Bell 429 Rescues Hiker

Centrica Norwegian Sea Drilling Program for CHC




Promote Your Services Here

facebook     twitter     google     linkedin

Sponsored by
Viewpoint Saxon

Promote Here

Flying a helicopter
Helicopter stories
Jobs new
Future helicopters
For Sale


47267 serials
20237 photos
4017 heliports

facebook     twitter     google     linkedin