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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
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ISBN : 0295976993
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Univ of Washington Pr First Edition edition October 1, 1998
Number of Pages : 497 pages
File Size : 773 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Whirlybirds: A History of the U.S. Helicopter Pioneers Reviews

  • wolf89
    2019-01-24 20:52

    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.

  • Ted Ellis
    2019-01-26 20:44

    Bought the book as a gift for a friend, he loved it I haven't read it yet as it was a Christmas present!

  • Charles P. Hobbs
    2019-01-28 01:42

    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.

  • Michael Hirschberg
    2019-02-03 00:49

    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.

  • April Engle
    2019-02-01 01:07

    gift to a friend who is a pilot he really enjoyed it

  • Jay Hendrickson (
    2019-01-23 20:04

    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