Autogiro Company of America v. United States Collection

Summary
Collection ID:
NASM.XXXX.0060
Dates:
1958-1962
Languages:
English
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Physical Description:
10.9 Cubic feet
(10 records center boxes) (2 11x14x25 transfiles)
10.4 Linear feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection contains documents relating to the 1958-62 Autogiro Company of America vs. the United States. The collection includes transcripts of hearings and copies of patents and contracts relevant to the case.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
The Autogiro Co. of America was formed in 1931 to hold the US licensing rights of the Cierva Autogiro Co, Ltd. of England. Autogiro sublicensed these rights to Kellet Autogiro Co [Philadelphia, PA] and Pitcairn Autogiro Co [Willow Grove, PA], which developed and manufactured a number of autogiros during the 1930s. During World War II, Kellet stopped working on autogiros in favor of helicopters. Pitcairn Autogiro became Pitcairn Larsen Autogiro in 1940 then G&A Aircraft, Inc., which was bought out by Firestone Aircraft in 1943 before fading from the aviation scene. In 1958 Autogiro brought suit against the United Sates, charging that the government had infringed on Autogiro's patent rights by procuring rotary wing aircraft from Bell, Hiller, McCollock, and Vertol/Piasecki, which were not sublicensees of Autogiro's patents.

Administration
Immediate Source of Acquisition
No Donor Information, gift, XXXX-0060, Unknown

General
General
NASMrev

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics -- Law and legislation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Autogiros Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Kellet Autogiro Corp Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pitcairn Autogiro Co, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cierva Autogiro Co, Ltd. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Autogiro Company of America Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
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Chantilly, VA 20151
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