Study of the lives and work of four Americans Igor Sikorsky, Frank Piasecki, Arthur Young, and Stanley Hiller, Jr who, working independently but concurrently, developed the helicopter in the 1940s Discusses the confluence of entrepreneurship, corporate practices, and government influence and financing in the development of helicopter technology, and the applications of the technology for purposes of military, rescue, and commercial transportation Annotation c by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or....
|Title||:||Whirlybirds: A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers|
|Publisher||:||Univ of Washington Pr First Edition edition October 1, 1998|
|Number of Pages||:||497 pages|
|File Size||:||570 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Whirlybirds: A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers Reviews
I ordered the book for research as part of a restoration project involving an early model Bell helicopter. I found photos and text that was useful.
Bought the book as a gift for a friend, he loved it I haven't read it yet as it was a Christmas present!
Spenser's _Whirlybirds_ describes the evolution and development of the helicopter. Although Leonardo Da Vinci's notes and several European refinements are discussed, the book primarily concentrates on the efforts of four Americans: Igor Sikorsky, Frank Piasecki, Arthur Young, and Stanley Hiller.
This is a masterpiece on the four US helicopter pioneers -- Sikorsky, Bell (Arthur Young), Piasecki, and Stanley Hiller. Only faults to the book are (1) that it primarily focuses on the pioneers (hence the title), not the machines, and (2) he has nothing at all good to say about Hughes helicopters. In fact, it's pretty well damning. I think it should've been a little more objective. Also doesn't cover Charlie Kaman, who was also one of the early pioneers and still active today.
gift to a friend who is a pilot he really enjoyed it
Whirlybirds is very well written account of the early history of the helicopter, and its pioneers. Filling a long needed gap in aviation history, this book tells how four men looked into the future of vertical flight, and turned it into a reality. This book is a must have. Jay Hendrickson