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M.Gruenenfelder, e-mail, 14.10.2021 02:53

Kehrsatz, 14. October 2021
Hello !
Is there anybody around, who knows abot the following persons:
- Reed West
- Don Hillberg
- Jim Trego
- Andrew Wallace
- Norm Smith
It is all about the McCulloch MC-4 or Jovair Tandem helicopter.
Thanks for any feedback. Matthew

Matthew, e-mail, 07.10.2021 05:21

Dear Norm,
I plan, to restore a Jovair 4 E Sedan to flying condition.
It would be very interesting, to chat with you about the flight
characteristics of this ship.

Thanks and best regards


Matthew, e-mail, 07.10.2021 05:17

Hello Jim,
I plan, to rebuild a Jovair 4 E Sedan, so as we can fly it.
But I need some more manuals and documentation.

Please contact me.

Thanks and best regards


Matthew, e-mail, 07.10.2021 05:13

Dear Reed,
what about your MC-4 rebuild project?
I am looking for any MC-4 or Jovair 4 E documentation.

Best regards

Andrew Wallace, e-mail, 16.02.2021 07:13

Hi Don. I would be very interested to hear more about the Reid West MC-4 project, whether its still going, flying??, I need a helicopter rebuild project to keep me sane around these fixed wings!!
Thanks and look forward to your reply.

Kind regards,
Andrew (

Mark, e-mail, 21.08.2020 07:54

Still working on the MC4?

Gregory W. Piasecki, e-mail, 04.08.2020 18:09

This is an attractive project. Who owns the type certificate for the McCulloghs?

Jeff, e-mail, 15.05.2017 23:41

This not a technical question, in fact it's kind of an off the wall question, but I recently watched a not-too-great cci-fi movie, Got, about science running amok...I think, anyway, it was made in the early '50's, and toward the beginning two men arrive in a two seat helicopter. Because of the angled front of the canopy, I kind of assumed it to be an early Piasecki, but in doing just a little on-line research find it more resembles the MC-4. Can you possibly shed some light on this for me, I'm quite taken with the design. Thank you.

david hillberg, e-mail, 15.04.2014 00:38

the MC4 is back with clasic rotors, the project due to lack of progress is back in storage, sadly many of the original parts locations are in advice here was never taken seriously,"when you find a TCed product like this IRAN it put it back in annual and let the public enjoy the jewel you found..Ego leave it at the door...

Don Hillberg, e-mail, 02.01.2013 05:38

Reed has moved the opperation to Chino Ca, Drop by & donate a little coin to see the magic of the Mc-4 and when in Chino gander at the museums full of flying machines.
Time & money is all it takes for anything flying.
The history you save could be your own!

Don Hillberg, e-mail, 23.02.2012 02:15

Reed has been talking to some of you old salts on the Mc4 and he is pleased with the comments on the handling & engineering ,Slightly longer blades new engine. We couldn't be happier, The project continues . Strong powerplant.APU,uninterupted ecu power, Air conditioning crash resistant fuelcell and all under weight targets!
This airframe will dazzle the people & airmen who feast their eyes on the bones & guts of a running baby chinook.
More comming Next bat time Next bat channle.

Don Hillberg, e-mail, 23.12.2011 23:57

The project by Reid West continues, Any thoughts are noted and with hard work & time. It will fly,The engine is mounted and the rest of the parts are sitting on the bench ready to get into the game, The assembly inspection passes, and the UPS recever goes wide out the drive way for a long long drive, A hole in one piece was discovered and the rejected 5 iron was removed with a slam dunk in the local scrap yard. The goal is increased proformance,Tonights show was brought to you by the folks at LOWES hardware, Gota love em,except for care,Why? I don't care. See you next Bat Channel Next bat time!

david hillberg, e-mail, 02.11.2011 04:36

Reed ,I wish you would bring her back to stock rather than modernizing her.
an IRAN ,a replacement AWC,fuel and she would have been done flying all ready.

Jim Trego, e-mail, 02.09.2011 03:30

Hi. The pictures are great. I was one of the engineers on the project. There were only 23 people on the project including engineers, welders, mechanics and a test pilot. A real fun project that didn't go anywhere because the Korean war ended and so did the market for helicopters.

John Alford, e-mail, 16.11.2010 01:58

I have a nice color photo of N4070K that was my Dad's that could be copied if desired, contact me, 818-884-6234.

Don Hillberg, e-mail, 31.08.2010 00:18

Hay Reid, Its got two Rotors and no tail which way will it spin when you do an autorotation? (TRICK QUESTION!) Dear Yargla how do you say your name with out spitting into a sink? Its like brushing your teeth- yargling and spitting, Oh I forgot you French don't like to take baths or keep clean, Last time I went to Bell Helicopter school we could smell ya all across the rooms and through the walls. Stand closer to the soap,It wont bite you! and don't cut the cheese when you drink whine, Waaa Waaaa Go home and leave the real helicopter stuff with US......

Reed West, e-mail, 26.08.2010 00:02

Hello Im the one who is restoring an mc4, I need to speak to norm smith to talk over flying characteristics of this ship.You can reach me at 760-518-0146,760-751-8827

Stuart Fields, e-mail, 26.05.2010 22:56

looking for a photograph of an Mc-4 for use in a magazine article discussing the re-build/put back in the air? Being done in So. Cal.

Andrew Wallace, e-mail, 13.04.2010 00:13

ATTN : Norm and Clayton - Please email me re the MC-4. Just tried emailing Norm but it got bounced back. Thanks - Andrew -

Norm Smith, e-mail, 11.04.2010 00:27

Hello Clayton,
Apparently none of the links work - I couldn't get yours to work either. Try, only eliminate the spam.

Clayton, e-mail, 04.04.2010 07:21

Hi Norm,
A friend just got one of these. Could we contact you for your thoughts on it? Thanks. I tried email link and it would not work.

Norm Smith, e-mail, 17.03.2010 17:36

I flew the MC-4 1958 for Gish Jovanovich at Santa Monica CA. I don't have possession of any technical info, but if you have any questions I would be happy to try to answer them.

Nesher, 09.03.2010 05:05

Yargla, and you are a stupid french.

Yargla, e-mail, 11.05.2009 12:55

The first helicopter with Down syndrome!

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