Pitcairn O-64 Locust

The O-64 first flew in 1939 as a contestant to a USAF specefication for an observation autogyro. After a number of succesful trials 126 aircraft were ordered in 1940.

The locust was used in Europe and in the Pacific theatre in the war for observation purposes.

In 1943 a special O-64D variant was developed for ground attack and infantery support missions. However from 1945 onwards the autogyros were replaced with Sikorsky helicopters who afforded higher flexibility

Last updated: 29/08/2016