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Wonderful flying machines : a history of U.S. Coast Guard helicopters

Author: Barrett Thomas Beard
Publisher: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story of the helicopter and its creator, Igor Sikorsky, and chief promoter, a young Coast Guard lieutenant named Frank Erickson, closely parallels that of Wilbur and Orville Wright and their first flying machine. Like that famous brother team, these courageous visionaries risked their lives and careers on a dream. Dubbed "Igor's Nightmare" in the early days of its development, the helicopter brought derision and
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beard, Barrett Thomas, 1933-
Wonderful flying machines.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605036746
Online version:
Beard, Barrett Thomas, 1933-
Wonderful flying machines.
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)608616519
Named Person: Frank A Erickson; Frank A Erickson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Barrett Thomas Beard
ISBN: 155750086X 9781557500861
OCLC Number: 34878905
Description: xvi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Barrett Thomas Beard.

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The story of the helicopter and its creator, Igor Sikorsky, and chief promoter, a young Coast Guard lieutenant named Frank Erickson, closely parallels that of Wilbur and Orville Wright and their first flying machine. Like that famous brother team, these courageous visionaries risked their lives and careers on a dream. Dubbed "Igor's Nightmare" in the early days of its development, the helicopter brought derision and ridicule on its supporters. Few who saw the.

Contraption, with it flailing rotors and staccato motion, could be convinced that it was the momentous achievement it would one day be considered. This book clearly demonstrates the problems encountered by the personalities involved and their strengths in developing the helicopter for Coast Guard use. It shows how Erickson and his friend and mentor, Coast Guard captain William Kossler, undaunted by their lack of support, fought with single-minded intensity to establish.

The helicopter as a vital rescue tool in the service. Kossler died while the project was still in its infancy. Erickson left the service in disgrace but lived to see his efforts succeed when the helicopter revolutionized search-and-rescue operations.

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