Wing Cdr. Ken Wallis
Wing Cdr. Ken Wallis piloted 24 wartime missions over northern Europe in Wellington bombers, before spending 20 years engaged in weapons research in the Royal Air Force. He is honored by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) for his lifetime contribution to aerospace. Cdr. Wallis set 17 world records in two classes of autogyro from 1968 to 2002.
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny left an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA. He created one of the worlds largest aviation organizations and emerged as one of the 20th century's greatest aviation leaders. Many gyro builders have received encouragement and advice from his organization.
Miller started flying when he was 18 and continued until he was 101. He was known as the oldest active pilot in the United States. Miller flew for the airlines, served as a test pilot for Kellett Autogiro Company, and was the founding director of the American Bonanza Society. One of his most interesting jobs was flying the airmail off the roof of the downtown Philadelphia post office in an autogiro. For much more about this hero, click here.
Juan de la Cierva
In 1919, he started to consider the use of a rotor to generate lift at low airspeed, and eliminate the risk of stall. His autogiro frame was similar to an airplane’s with thrust being provided by an engine and propeller. Lift was provided by large rotating airfoils mounted horizontally above the craft and rotated by airflow moving up through the rotor disc. Because he persevered, we can fly a gyro.
Bernard & Dan Haseloh
Bernard, a well-known aviation pioneer, was the first Canadian to be licensed to fly a gyroplane. Bernard focused on the autogiro in the early 50s when he designed and tested his original models whose blood-line eventually became known as the RAF. The RAF1000, a one-seat enclosed gyro was designed by Dan, his nephew.