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Helicopter Facts for Ketchikan, AK
In 1942, Focke and Flettners seat Fl 282 Kolibri (\Humming Bird) became the first helicopter anywhere to enter operational military service. It was the most advanced helicopter developed during WWII. Focke and Flettners machines had two rotors turning in opposite directions to prevent torque reaction.
FAA - A History of Aircraft Structures Factoid for Ketchikan, AK
Octave Chanute, a retired railroad and bridge engineer, was active in aviation during the 1890s. His interest was so great that, among other things, he published a definitive work called “Progress in Flying Machines.” This was the culmination of his effort to gather and study all the information available on aviation. With the assistance of others, he built gliders similar to Lilienthal’s and then his own. In addition to his publication, Chanute advanced aircraft structure development by building a glider with stacked wings incorporating the use of wires as wing supports.