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  • n  an aircraft that is supported in flight by unpowered rotating horizontal wings (or blades); forward propulsion is provided by a conventional propeller

  • Until last fortnight, Death had come to no man in an autogyro.
  • Gerardus Post Herrick, 83, research engineer, inventor of the convertiplane, an aircraft (successfully tested in 1937) able to take off and land like an autogyro, convert in the .
  • King's narcissistic autogyro is a sort of 1930s version of the Osprey, or of those personal motor-scooters-of-the-air that the writer James Fallows envisioned, pre-911, as .
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