John Uptigrove has Passed


Junior Member
John was the son of two missionaries in India. He was a dedicated Christian and had no problems saying so. He died doing what he loved. I pray that unending peace be with his wife and two kids in this tough time.



Gold Supporter
So sad. Was it from the accident?
I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the Uptigrove family.


Junior Member
It is eerily similar ...the appearance of the crash where BJ lost his life in the Helicycle.

C. Beaty

Gold Supporter
I met John Uptigrove a number of years ago when I received a telephone call from him wanting to know why the rotor of a helicopter he was building flopped over to one side when he tried to run it up. He explained that he had copied the rotorhead of an early Rotorway.
The Rotorway used a variant of the Bell-47 rotor system wherein the rotor hub is mounted on a universal joint and cyclic pitch is forced to occur about a pair of pivots of the “U” joint.
I asked John if he’d omitted the link that locks the feathering bearings together. Turned out that he had.
John Uptigrove was one of the very few people in the hobycopter business who was a real rather than make believe engineer but everyone has a learning curve.
the attachment is a diagrammatic drawing of the Bell-47 cyclic system.