Dinghies With Helicopter Blades Attached “Giro Boats” Tested In Glasgow, Scotland At 1961!

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A gyro (or giro) boat hovers above Fairhaven Lake. Could it have it had any links with the contraptions captured by British Pathe, below, in 1961, with Scottish water sports champion Dougal Campbell on board? They were concept boat with helicopter blades attached who were able to take off and fly above the surface of the water, while still was attached to the boat.

image/credit: British Pathé 

“He achieved a height of about 30 feet and travelled almost the length of the lake from south to north before coming back down in a controlled fashion onto the surface of the water.This boat must first reach the speed of 20MPH before gets out of the water.

Check out the video to find out how these boats can flyAs you can see on the video , there are 2 types of Girp Boat models, one probably produced by Evinrude and the other produced by Cameron & Campbell.The main designer of this very cool invention from the early 1960’s was John Hofstetter.

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The footage shows Scottish water sports champion Dougal Campbell with the giro boat, described as “dinghies with helicopter blades attached” so that when they are going fast enough while being towed they are then able to take off.

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