Helicopter Pioneers

  1. The Helicopter

    Helicopter From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia A helicopter is an aircraft that is lifted and propelled by one or more horizontal rotors, each rotor consisting of two or more rotor blades. Helicopters are classified as rotorcraft or rotary-wing aircraft to...
  2. Frank Robinson

    Frank Robinson From Wikipedia The Robinson Helicopter Company of Torrance, California is the largest manufacturer of civil helicopters in the world. It was founded in 1973 by Frank Robinson, an ex-employee of Bell Helicopter and The Hughes Helicopter Company. Since...
  3. Howard Hughes

    Howard Hughes Hughes Helicopters was a major manufacturer of military and civil helicopters from the 1950s to the 1980s. The company began in 1947 as a unit of Hughes Aircraft, then was part of the Hughes Tool Company after 1955....
  4. Charles H. Kaman

    Charles H. Kaman For over 50 years, Charles H. Kaman has been a leading inventor and businessman in the helicopter industry. Kaman was born in 1919 and grew up in Washington, DC. He earned a BS in Aeronautical Engineering from...
  5. Project 9: The First Helicopter Combat Rescue Mission

    by Col. Mike Haas, USAF Special Operations School The effectiveness with which World War II’s Air Commandos turned unconventional ideas into battlefield success has been held forth, rightfully so, as a classic example of what can be accomplished with imagination,...
  6. Frank Piasecki

    Frank Piasecki, a Pioneer in Helicopters, Is Dead at 88 By DENNIS HEVESI Published: February 15, 2008 Frank Piasecki, an inventor of one of the first helicopters and the first to develop a tandem-rotor helicopter — the so-called Flying Banana...
  7. Arthur M. Young

    Arthur Middleton Young (November 3, 1905 – May 30, 1995) was an American inventor, helicopter pioneer, cosmologist, philosopher and author. Young was the designer of Bell Helicopter’s first helicopter, the Model 30, and inventor of the stabilizer bar used on...
  8. Igor I. Sikorsky

    Igor I. Sikorsky, the legendary aviation pioneer, will long be remembered as the man who gave the world its first practical helicopter. This achievement alone was significant enough to ensure the gentle Russian immigrant’s place in the history books, but...