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Fun Helicopter Facts for Long Beach, CA

During the mid 1500's, Italian inventor Leonardo Da Vinci made drawings of a single rotor flying machine that some experts say inspired the modern day helicopter. In 1784, French inventor, Launoy and Bienvenue created a toy with a rotary-wing that could lift and fly and proved the principle of helicopter flight. French inventor, Etienne Oehmichen built and flew a helicopter to a distance of 1 km in 1924.

Fun Helicopter and Airplane Facts for Long Beach, CA

Post World War Military Pilot Training: In July 1958, all Air Force helicopter pilot training moved to Stead. A total of 255 officers and airmen transferred. The students received 40 hours transition and instrument training and 30 hours operational tactics in the H-19 and 35 hours transition in the H-21.