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Pitcairn & Pitcairn-Cierva designations
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The Pitcairn Aircraft Company was an American aircraft manufacturer of light utility aircraft. An early proponent of the autogyro, the company, later known as the Autogyro Company of America among other names, would remain in business until 1948.

In 1926, Pitcairn started Pitcairn Aircraft Company initially to build aircraft for his growing airmail service.
In 1929, Pitcairn formed a separate patent holding company to build autogiros, the Pitcairn-Cierva Autogiro Company, which was later renamed the Autogiro Company of America. Kellett autogyros competed with, and eventually licensed production rights from Pitcairn-Cierva Autogiro Company.
In 1931 the company was renamed to the Autogiro Company of America (ACA).
In 1933, the parent company and conventional aircraft manufacturing arm, Pitcairn Aircraft Company merged with the autogiro arm, following the end of Mailwing production, and contract air-mail flights.
In 1938, the company was renamed to the Pitcairn-Larsen Autogiro Company.
In 1940 the company was renamed to the AGA Aviation Corporation.
In 1942, Pitcairn sold his airfield and facilities to the United States military for $480,000, forming the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove. AGA Aviation was now renamed to G and A Aviation, and became part of Goodyear Tire and Rubber. The last designs of the AGA/G & A lineage appeared under the name Firestone.


Biplane aircraft

PA-1 FLEETWING (1925)
PA-2 SESQUI-WING (FLEET ARROW) (1925)
PA-3 OROWING (Type 2-20, 1925)
PA-3A OROWING II 
PA-4 FLEETWING II (FLEETWING DELUXE) (Type 2-21, 1927)
PA-5 MAILWING (ATC-18, 1927)
PA-5 SPORT MAILWING (1928)
PA-5 MAILWING SPORT SPECIAL (1928)
PA-6 SPORT MAILWING (ATC-92, previously under Type 2-22, 1928)
PA-6 SUPER MAILWING same as the PA-6S? (ATC-92, 1928)
PA-6B SPORT MAILWING (ATC-196)
PA-7 SUPER MAILWING (ATC-196)
PA-7M SUPER MAILWING (ATC-196, 1929)
PA-7S SUPER SPORT MAILWING same as 'PA-7 Sport Mailwing' ? (ATC-196, 1929)
PA-8 SUPER MAILWING
PA-8M SUPER MAILWING (ATC-364, 1930)
PA-8S SUPER MAILWING (1930)


Autogiros

PCA-1A AUTOGIRO
PCA-1B AUTOGIRO ('BLACK MARIA')
PCA-2 AUTOGIRO (ATC-410, 1931)
PCA-2-30 AUTOGIRO, also known as PA-11
PCA-2 AUTOGIRO for U.S. Navy as XOP-1  (three built, A-8850,8976/7)
PCA-3 AUTOGIRO (ATC-446, 1931)
PCA-4 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PAA-1 AUTOGIRO (ATC-433, 1931)
PAA-2 AUTOGIRO (1931)
PA-16 commercial cabin autogiro design study (not built)
PA-17 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-18 AUTOGIRO (ATC-478, 1932)
PA-19 CABIN AUTOGIRO
PA-20 AUTOGIRO; modified PAA-1
PA-21 AUTOGIRO 
PA-22 ROADABLE AUTOGIRO cabin autogiro
PA-23 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-24 AUTOGIRO; PAA-1/PA-20 modified (ATC-507) 
PA-25 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-26 commercial cabin autogiro design study (not built)
PA-27 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-28 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-29 commercial cabin autogiro design study (not built)
PA-30 commercial cabin autogiro design study (not built)
PA-31 ambulance autogiro design study (not built)
PA-32 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-33 USAAC YG-2 (one built, 35-278)
PA-34 US Navy XOP-2 rebuilt from XOP-1 (A-8850)
PA-35 ROADABLE AUTOGIRO, also known as AC-35 (not built)
PA-36 WHIRL WING¤ autogiro (one built, NX20674, one more not completed)
PA-37 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-38 attack autogiro design study (not built)
PA-39* AUTOGIRO; rebuilt PA-18s for Britain  (7 conversions)
PA-40 trainer autogiro design study (not built)
PA-41 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-42 commercial autogiro design study (not built)
PA-43 ambulance autogiro design study (not built)
PA-44* USAAF XO-61 prototype (42-13611)
PA-44* USAAF YO-61 first service test example (42-13612)
PA-44* USAAF YO-61 service test batch (42-13613/616, not completed)
?? AUTOGIRO special version of autogiro with rockets in rotor tips   
GA-45B** USAAF XR-9  (one example ?)
GA-45C** USAAF XR-9A (not built)
GA-45D** USAAF XR-9B (one built)
GA-50?** USAF XR-14-GA (one built, or none?,  46-527/529)
GA-50** proposed civil version (probably none built)

¤ as Pitcairn-Larsen
° as A.G.A.
* as G & A
** as Firestone


Military gliders

CG-4A-GA° HADRIAN for USAAF (627 built, under subcontract for Waco)
 XCG-9° cargo glider project for USAAF (not built)
 XLRG-1° cargo glider project for US Navy (not built)
 
° as A.G.A.


Links

For the company's full story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitcairn_Aircraft_Company
For the biography of Harold F. Pitcairn: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Frederick_Pitcairn



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Date: Jul 25, 2011
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Thanks so much for the list! I love how incredibly organized all of your designation lists are. wink



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Date: Mar 27, 2012
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You're missing the following:

SGTA-3 - (SGTA = Submerged Gas Turbine Autogiro) project

SGTA-5 - Autogiro project

CFA-3 - (CFA = Cruise Fan Autigiro) Gyrodyne project

CFA-4 - Autogiro project



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