As for the Gyronaut, it sustained some minor damage, but remained virtually intact. The most damage was to the fiberglass canopy and tail. Those pieces were retrieved from the course and used to repair the body like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The canopy was deemed beyond repair.
In this short video, the damage to the nosecone, nearly invisible since its repair in 1970, can still be seen by shining a light from within, just like an x-ray. The violence of the crash can be graphically seen in the side of the body where the left front suspension tore a hole in the bodywork. The current photos of the body have been reversed to line up with the same view in the vintage photograph.
You can help be a part of this remarkable story. If you have any vintage photos or film of the Gyronaut, Bob Leppan or Alex Tremulis in action, please contact us. We'd love to include it in the film...