The still-to-be opened Corvera International Airport in Murcia is to be named after one of the region’s most famous inventors, Juan de la Cierva.

Born in 1895, De la Cierva died in a plane crash close to Croydon airfield in 1936, when the Amsterdam-bound KLM flight that he was on, was hindered by thick fog and crashed into a house.

De la Cierva  was the inventor of the autogyro in 1920, a single-rotor type of aircraft. His work on rotor dynamics and control made the modern helicopter a possibility, and he moved to Britain in 1925 to establish the Cierva Autogyro Company. 

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