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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

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Gregory W. Piasecki, e-mail, 04.08.2020reply

Does anyone know the contact information for the company or person who owns the McCullogh type certificates?

Steve Todd, e-mail, 31.07.2016reply

To Bill Evans -
Hi, I was at Lake Havasu in the summer of 71' taking flight training at the plant facility. Were you the instructor during that time? I was the only student, and were being trained for my dad's dealership near Atlanta. Just curious, as it was a fun & unique time in my life.

Greg Quinn, e-mail, 15.04.2015reply

I'm currently researching Lake Havasu circa 1970 /1971. Anyone know if the J2 underwent factory test flights around 1970 in the Lake Havasu Area?

Brock T, e-mail, 17.02.2015reply

I just purchased S /N 089 and am carefully going through it to get it back in the air. I was wondering if there are any blades out there?

Jim Allen, e-mail, 23.11.2014reply

Hello I have a large amount of J2 spare fiberglass parts on my website

Larry Coop, 17.10.2010reply

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, e-mail, 17.10.2010reply

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

dave jones, e-mail, 26.09.2013reply

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

Patrick Lewis, e-mail, 02.12.2010reply

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.

Mike Bellamy, e-mail, 03.02.2011reply

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

Brett Hines, e-mail, 09.03.2011reply

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.

Joseph M de, e-mail, 21.05.2011reply

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

mario, e-mail, 02.08.2011reply

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

Mark, e-mail, 14.05.2014reply

Hi all,
I have a brand new McCulloch gearbox for sale.
My email

Pastor Tom Lease, e-mail, 15.08.2011reply

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!

Chip Kelly, e-mail, 17.09.2011reply

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

Greg Blackmore, e-mail, 15.03.2012reply

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.

Gerry McArthur, e-mail, 30.11.2013reply

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.

Dick Rake, e-mail, 30.06.2012reply

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?

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