Amelia Earhart and the Autogiro
"Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others." Amelia Earhart.
Amelia made many demonstrations with autogiros and in September of 1931 while attending an airshow in Detroit, Michigan she crashed her autogiro on landing. Her newly married husband and publicist George Putnam (married November 8, 1930) described the event, As I swung around I saw the giro, its rotors splintered, disappear in a cloud of smoke. I vaulted the rail and raced for the wreck. Never have I run so fast, until one of those guy wires caught my pumping legs exactly at the ankles. I did a complete outside loop, up into the air and over, landing full on my backComing to my senses, some of them at least, I saw AE emerge from the welter of dust (it wasnt smoke) and wave her hands in the air to show she was unhurt. Amelia emerged from the wreckage completely unscathed, her husband cracked three ribs and wasnt even in the aircraft.