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1962

McCulloch J-2

Two-seat light autogyro, first flown in 1962. Deliveries of production aircraft began in 1970 and by early 1972 a total of 83 had been built. Power was provided by a 180hp Lycoming O-360-A2D engine.

In 1974 Aero Resources took over production of the J-2 two-seat light autogyro from McCulloch Aircraft Corporation. The actual prototype J-2, designed by D.K.Jovanovich, first flew in June 1962. A version known as the Super J-2 was developed from the J-2, powered by a 180hp Lycoming O-360-A2D flat-four engine.

M.Taylor "Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation", 1989

McCulloch J-2

McCulloch J-2

Comments 
Rex Ratcliff, carplane2=q.com, 23.06.2014

I must sell my mculloch J-2 two place certified gyroplane with the 180hp lyc. Engine very much a collector. Only 83 built. My take a 47 bell on trade.has had a 3year up date and paint Etc. Only about 6 left out there. Box 355, Hampton, IA, 50441

Mark, 10bears=tpg.com.au, 14.05.2014

Hi all,
I have a brand new McCulloch gearbox for sale.
My email 10bears@tpg.com.au
Cheers,
Mark.

jen, jenlee_uae=yahoo.com, 13.02.2014

Hi,we are curruently flying gyrocopter in UAE, as well as we offer trainings. Now, we are searching a gyrocopter flying school in Los Angeles ( somewhere in new port beach flight school). Is anyone can suggest pls. who do i contact. we are flying to LA this coming Feb 16. thank you.

Rex Ratcliff, Carplane2=q.com, 13.01.2014

I am still looking for some parts for my mcculloch J-2 . Let me know what you have. Thanks for the help. I may sell it. Copter is all there.

Gerry McArthur, gemairpilot=yahoo.ca, 30.11.2013

My company GemAir Ltd represented Solar INdustries in winnipeg Manitoba Canada, They were the Canadian Distributors of the J2 I owned Rivercrest Airstrip just north of the city with a 3500 ft runway, helipad and float base on the east end of the property at the Red river. We brought 5 J2's into canada through Pembina ND and supported Aero Resources along with Solar Industries. We had a flight school and mechanic training courses. I was the only commercial pilot flight instructor, mechanic in canada and travelled all over maintaining the J2 and giving flying lessons to purchasers. The factory also had a pilot here doing demos for potential customers. in 1974 2 unsold J2' were returned to the USA ,. Serial Numbers we had were 072-073- 095-096-097 . Many of the comments about the short comings of the J2 are fact. It was noisy, short range and had some bad habits especially in crosswind. I had to rebuild one from Quebec that was totalled because a crosswind caught it and became uncontrollable, tipped over.
I enjoyed flying it but was a lot of maintenance. I still have a flight manual and brochures. All my manuals are in the Western Canada Aviation MUsuem.

dave jones, vette660=yahoo.com, 26.09.2013

hi i am interested in purchasing a j2 that my friend has but i am in need of some parts due to some light damage right side door-right side tail an rudder.i also would be interested in any other parts for a j2. cell 570-430-4131 thanks dave

Dick Rake, rrake=cox.net, 30.06.2012

Back in the late 60's I worked at night in an industrial area just east of the Hughes Aircraft Company in Culver city, California. I couple buildings down from where I was working I remember seeing several twin tailed auto gyro's. I was flying a Benson B-7 gyro glider at the time so I was interested in what was going on in the building. I never knew if they were under construction or being stored. I'm not positive they were J-2's or not but when I saw the picture it sure looked familiar. Does any of this ring a bell for anyone?

Greg Blackmore, blackmoregreg=bigpond.com, 15.03.2012

I was trained by Patrick Lewis above for an endorsement on a J2 at Maroochydore airport in Queensland. I just came accross this link whilst doing some family history as my father Lew had purchased a J2(construction number 77) for use on a cattle station called Gregory Downs in the Gulf Country of Queensland. Unfortunately a loose fuel union led to an engine fire on it's re-postioning flight just after delivery and and it came down north of Rockhampton. The pilot Mick Robins (also trained by Patrick) was OK but that virtually ended all demand for the aircraft in Australia.

Chip Kelly, cdkell65719=embarqmail. com, 17.09.2011

I need a set of M/R blades for my j2.Any one having a set for sale call me. Chip 352-603-1148

Pastor Tom Lease, pastortomphilippines=yahoo.com, 15.08.2011

I have a new spin-up transmission for the J2. It is well oiled and in the original crate from Schrillo. We are selling it to raise needed funds for our ministry. E-mail me if you are interested, this is a rare find, and will be eventually needed by anyone who has one of these awesome aircraft and wants to keep it flying!

mario, tecatebigtruck=yahoo.com, 02.08.2011

i have for sale MC CULLOCH J2 in tucson az vin 059,076 NO ENGENE

soccer, jackmack=gmail.com, 13.06.2011

If you like this one take a peek at this gyro plane way flippin amazing. Its called The Sport Copter 2 and looks way better im totally getting one.

Joseph M de, josephmacop=hotmail.co.uk, 21.05.2011

Joseph Agora If I could you would have a job with me fabricating a new version of the J2 as I think it was ahead of its time, only one snag and that is funding. so unless a miracle happens or the winning numbers come up for the lottery

Brett Hines, hinesbrett=ymail.com, 09.03.2011

My father Bill Hines was involved in the J-2 project in the early 70s out of lake havasu. We moved from ca. in feb of 70 to havasu for his job opportuniy with mcculloch. He lived and breathed the J-2 and even lost 3 toes in an accident in Canada at an airshow while unlocking a blade of some sort.(not sure) unfortunately he past away a few years ago in havasu. He wasn't Internet savvy, he would be absolutely tickled to see such a web sight dedicated to his dream. This message is to all who are still interested and also to you pops, you'll always be a pilot.

Mike Bellamy, mike.clare.bellamy=gmail.com, 03.02.2011

I have S/No 68 in Bendigo Australia registered 'experimental' being modified to overcome performance issues.

Patrick Lewis, patrickrlewis=earthlink.net, 02.12.2010

Iam an ex US Army pilot and after a voluntary RIF in 1970 at the end of my second Vietnam tour emigrated to Australia. I worked for several helicopter companies there and was offered a position with Hawker de Havilland based at their Bankstown GA airport during the mid 1970s. HdH Had purchcased 8 J-2s and needed an experienced rotory wing instructor pilot for sales demonstrations and flight training. My first job was to draft a flight manual sylabus that satisfide The senior examiner. The first J-2 arrived with an instructor pilot who checked out HdHs test pilot who in turned checked me out. I then checked out the local rotory examinar who then signed me off as a qualified instructor. HdH mechanics outfitted a J2 with an extra fuel tank and I made sales demonstration trips from Melbourne in the south to the sheep stations in the Darwin area and on to the North west cattle stations. The experiences while all this was going on were too many to list. I get to to tucson once in a great while and I drop into the Pima air museum to check out the J2 that's there. Feel free to contact me for more info. I'm residing in the Palm Springs,CA area.

Larry Coop, 17.10.2010

In my recent post the engineer I referred to Hal wolfe as Hal Roach. Hal was the engineer for the retrofit of the J-2 to a 200 HP IO360 engine. Sorry about that. Larry

Larry Coop, Sandilee1=cableone.net, 17.10.2010

I went to work at McColloch Aircraft on the J-2 in June 1971 in LHC Az. and along with Hal Roach retrofitted a J-2 with a IO360 engine and a Hartzell 3 blade constant speed prop. which improved the performance somewhat.It was a very enjoyable job until our pay checks bounced and had to leave and went to work for Civil Service. Am now retired and live in Dewey Az

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C KELLY, cdkell65719=embarqmail.com, 22.03.2010

I found and bought a J2 in good condition.Am in need of a flite and maintance manuals.Any one have any for sale? Originals or copys. You can e a mail or call me 352-603-1148. CHIP

John D, jujo4955=aol.com, 24.02.2010

I learned to fly these where they were being built in Lake Havasu Az. Then flew one cross country to a dealer in Newport RI where I tought the feds how to fly one so they could give me a flight test to get my rating. Great fun to fly.

Dale Crum, heloflyer=yahoo.com, 17.02.2010

Hi Bob Creighton,

How did your offer to the Philly Museum go, were they interested in taking it?

If not, Classic Rotors (www.rotors.org) may be interested. We are a non profit Vintage Rotorcraft Museum, the only Rotorcraft Museum that restores and fly's vintage helos. We have a pristine J2, it belonged to a friend of mine, who was killed a couple years back in a helo accident. We were able to get it out of probate, but the court system lost the log books, so what was once flyable, is now just one of our display birds (pity).

Anyway, if you still are looking to donate your J2 to a museum, please contact me back or contact Mark DiCiero at mark@rotors.org.

Thanks
Dale

REX RATCLIFF, carplane2=msn.com, 14.01.2010

I have a J-2 that my A/P is rebuilding for me . I have been told that there may only be about 6 flying in the States. I may sell this one . I do not have time for it. It will be repainted and all updated. Would like to hear from J-2 friends. I know a few that have helped me.

Bob Creighton, bob.creighton=aviationexpertsinternation, 24.12.2009

I actually havea J-2 in my yard. I rescued it from destruction at a local auction and have looking for away to see it restored. I have recently solicited the Helicopter museum in Philly to take it as a donation. If for whatever reason they are not interested perhaps someone else would like to purchae it? Missing the engine and rotors. In need o a lotof restoration.

C Kelly, cdkell65719=embarqmail.com, 14.12.2009

Any one know of any J2 FOR SALE NEEDING REPAIRS OR JUST STORED AWAY

ray fowler, prsfowler=clear.net.nz, 22.11.2009

hi richard t there one in new zealand and it is up for sale with a number of spare parts and yes it is still flying just looks like new i would love to buy it but i do not have money just yet ray

Joe Hessberger, semicircle05=yahoo.com, 08.08.2009

I am a Canadian pilot. In the spring of 1973, at Winnipeg,Manitoba, there were two McCulloch gyroplanes sitting on the ramp. A Canadian dealership was marketing them. I was interested but then, I was interested in anything that flew. As I recall, the aircraft were four-seaters but in retrospect, I might be mistaken on that. Later in life I remembered these machines and wondered whatever might have happened to them. I never did see another one again and I never did fly one. At the time I was training for my commercial licence and instrument ticket. I eventually ended up in the helicopter industry. If anyone knows anything of these two machines, I would be interested to hear.

Tom Quinn, 742sell=gmail.com, 09.03.2009

I recently acquired perhaps the nicest J-2 in the world and would appreciate knowledgeable comments regarding its flight characteristics. I'm hell bent to fly this machine but do not want to kill myself or tear it up. I have some helicopter time and lots of fixed wing experience in many types of aircraft. Comments and advice from a qualified pilot is appreciated.

Jeff Jacobs, grumman365ps=yahoo.com, 07.03.2009

Bill Evans' comments bring back memories. In 1971 I was a young fixed-wing CFI working for Bel-Air Aviation at Long Beach CA, the first dealer and school for the J-2. I had no prior rotor experience but was being trained to fly and instruct in the J-2.

I had soloed the J-2 a few weeks earlier, and on 5/5/71 my boss and instructor Ken McGuire and I flew N4303G from Long Beach to Compton for more practice. We touched down in a light crosswind, and despite the slow speed I lost directional control and the aircraft rolled over on the runway (photo at http://www.geocities.com/grumman365ps/19710505.jpg -- yours truly on the left). It was the third J-2 landing rollover accident in three months, which as I recall was almost half the fleet built to that time.

FAA ordered modification to the J-2's nosegear, and that summer the company flew me out to the factory at Lake Havasu where I flew with Bill Evans in a modified J-2.

I echo Bill's comments about the J-2's shortcomings. But it was fun to fly and I'm grateful for the opportunity to fly it and to fly with good people and wonderful pilots like Bill Evans, Ken McGuire, Jim Reichert and Bill Collins.

Bill Evans, captmarvel=npgcable.com, 04.02.2009

I went to work for McCuloch Aircraft in 1969 and at the time the company was located in El Segundo,CA. At that time the J-2 was just undergoing it's final FAA certification and later on the entire operation was moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ. I was there for two years until they moved back to Gardena,CA and it then became Aero Resources. During my time in LHC I was doing the Flight Training and later became an FAA designated pilot examiner for Gyroplanes. I also was doing Production Flight Test and Experimental flight test for the company. I stayed on with the company until 1974 when they finally closed their doors. This was at the Van Nuy, CA airport.
I think my total time in the J-2 was around 2200 hours. I flew the J-2 at the Paris Air Show and all over France. Also crossed the English Channel and did some flying in England as well. All and all it was a really fun aircraft to fly but had so many limitations when it came to performace. One of the biggest problems was the noise it produced. This really plagued the engineering department and nothing seemed to help. We had to wear special David Clark headsets and still the noise level in the cockpit was deafening. We did experiment with a 200 HP Lycoming engine and also a 3 bladed constant speed Hartzell prop. These improvement helped a little but in the end, it still did not have the desired performance. It had a very limited range with a lot of unuseable fuel left. The required distance for takeoffs was far more than acceptable. We were able to land in off airport locations but with the wood props it was usually an invitation to some major damage. The landing gear struts would some times remain extended or be uneven and this will make landing sometimes very exciting if you didn't expect it.
We did develop several techniques that would enhance both the take and landing performance but was never able to get them certified. My background is mostly in Helicopters and also the usual collection of fixed wing ratings.
I now live in Lake Havasu City, AZ. I retired in 2001 and moved in the early part of 2001. On occassion I do run into some folks that remember or have heard of the J-2 Gyroplane, but for the most part it has been forgotten.
Regards............Bill Evans

LV, morbiusx1=direcway.com, 12.01.2009

We always hear how various new aircraft will revolutionize flying, make it easier, cheaper, etc. It has never been true. Even the new LSA category is a rich person's sport. Private aviation remains the playground of the rich. It always will, too. J-2s were supposed to change the world as we knew it. Gyros are still highly unstable, dangerous aircraft. Commercial airliners and ground ol' greenhouse gas belchin'cars are our best mode of transportation. They will remain so far into the future. Any news to the contrary is hype.

Dennis L King, dlblking=msn.com, 05.07.2008

At least one. Located Twin County Airport Hillsville Va. KHLX

Jon, jonwithnoh=aol.com, 21.04.2008

In response to Richard T: I flew one, N4363G s/n 073, in the U.S. throughout the 1990's, and sold it to a gentleman in New Zealand. A record search shows that it has been sold there once again and is currently registered as ZK-RCK.

Jim Mullligan, jmpegasus=msn.com, 17.04.2008

The PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM in Tucson, Arizona has a very nice McCulloch J-2 on display in Hangar One.

Brad "Rutan " Lewis, bradleyaircraft=gmail.com, 25.09.2007

www.airgyro.com If you like this one take a peek at this gyro plane way flippin amazing. Its called The Sport Copter 2 and looks way better im totally getting one.

Bruce McCulloch Jones, bruce=savagegeckos.com, 25.09.2007

It seems that there are at least 46 (of the 83 originally built) that are still registered in the US:

http://www.planedesire.com/aircraft/desire/mcculloch/j_2/registered.html

sam j ford, sam ford/nfe=dcf.state.com, 07.05.2007

i am wanting to build a custom gyroplane,based on the j-2.
who do i contact?.thank you

Richard T, RPT217=aol.com, 04.05.2007

Are there any J-2s still flying in the USA, Europe or Australia/New Zealand? Any information will be appreciated.

Thank you

Joseph Agora, josephagora=yahoo.com, 06.01.2007

My father owned this aircraft and I have logged flight time myself in this plane back in 1974. I am now 51 years old and retired from the Air Force as a Helicopter Mechanic. Looking for a job

Do you have any comments concerning this aircraft ?

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