The Husband Modac 500 Hornet Gyroplane
The little-known Hornet single-seat Gyroplane was designed and developed, as a private venture, by civil engineer Richard Husband at Rivelin, Sheffield, in the UK, between 1997 and 2003.
The sophisticated design of the machine, which was powered by a 65hp Arrow GT500R 2-stroke, 2-cylinder, piston engine, was intended to improve on many aspects of the performance of current light autogyros. It incorporated composite components, an Arplast three-bladed pusher airscrew, full instrumentation and provision for pre-rotating the lifting rotor to facilitate a "jump" takeoff.
The Hornet was never licensed but it undertook taxiing trials in July 2002, probably becoming airborne for brief periods. Encouraged by these tests Husband started to plan further refinements including a four-bladed airscrew but, sadly, he died in 2003.
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