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Helicopter Evolution shares vintage images, 1907 thru 1974, of the creative visionaries who experimented with new rotorcraft designs continually pushing the envelope. The book shows the inventions, improvements and advancements of helicopters that were captured on film and have been lost or forgotten for decades. Taken from a private archive of vintage commercial rotorcraft photographs that are seldom seen, forgotten companies like; American Helicopter, Bendix, Brantley, Cessna, Curtis-Wright, and Curtiss-Wright, de Bothezat, Domain, Firestone, Helicopter Engineering, Mc Culloch, Marquardt and Roteron reappear. Many other better known companies are included, including companies like: Boeing, Sikorsky, Hiller, Piasecki, Kaman and Kellett. Author John Cilio leads readers through the chronological development of the helicopter, including the autogiro with vintage photographs. Each photograph is accompanied by informative narrative about the people and the helicopter often provided from the original press release. He closes the book paying tribute to Vietnam s Huey pilots with a poem, The Huey Pilot, by , I. S. "Bob" Parrish and photos of the Huey and Cobra.
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About the Author: John is a skilled aviation historian focused on mid twentieth-century general aviation, military aircraft and the people that made them possible. He has published over 200 aviation articles and five vintage aviation books. He is a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association), EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) and a member of the Danbury, Connecticut WWII Lost Squadron Veterans organization. John is an American Marketing Association Silver Effie winner and has spoken to large and small audiences in over 60 countries around the world. He lives in Sherman, Connecticut.Review:
A visual history, full of amazing insights and photographs about the early helicopters all the way up to the Bell Cobra! Richard Porter, Publisher Atlantic Flyer --email
Closing of the foreword - Despite being close to the helicopter story for many years of my life, I was surprised and intrigued by so many pictures I had never seen before. The drama, complexity and variety of this wonderful life-saving and life-serving machine is beautifully captured in these pages. This unique book should enrich the library of every aircraft enthusiast whether of rotary or fixed wings. - Nickolai Sikorsky --Letter
Incredible photographs of forgotten helicopters! Mark Angletti, Aviation Enthusiast --email
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Book Description Vintage Flyer Media LLC, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0982772823