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Plans for the Little Known Confederate Helicopter

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As my colleague Dr. Tom Crouch referenced in a previous post, our nation is currently in the midst of commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (or sesquicentennial for you Latin fans).  While other branches of the Smithsonian, such as the National Museum of American History and National Portrait gallery, have a wide   …Continue Reading


Enter the Santa Copter

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The good girls and boys of the Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn get a visit from Santa, December 1944. Santa’s getting a lift on a Coast Guard HNS-1, the naval version of the Sikorsky R-4, the first helicopter to see active service with the U.S. armed forces. We’ve mentioned St. Nick’s interest in non-reindeer powered   …Continue Reading


Ike and the First Presidential Helicopters

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On July 12, 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower became the first president to employ a helicopter while in office. Though helicopters had been in operational use by the American military since 1944, concerns over their safety caused the Secret Service to bar their use for the nation’s chief executive except in case of emergency. However, by   …Continue Reading