David Gittens, inventor of the Ikenga 530Z gyroplane (1997)
Video footage documenting an “Innovative Lives” program presented by David Gittens, the inventor of the low-cost Ikenga 530Z gyroplane, designed for use in developing countries. Gittens's Ikenga 530Z, first built in 1988, has several applications--aerial photography, aerial surveying, air courier, border patrol, cattle herding, commuting, crop spraying, flying doctors, intelligence gathering, pipe line inspection, postal service, reconnaissance, and search and rescue. The name Ikenga is derived from Ibo mythology in Eastern Nigeria and refers to the creative life forces of humanity. The Ikenga 530Z gyroplane became part of the National Air and Space Museum’s collections in 1994. Audience participation by students from Walker Grant Middle School in Fredericksburg, Va.
0.35 cu. ft.: 3 boxes containing original and reference videos.
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