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Helicopters before helicopters

by E. K. Liberatore

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The title of the book might be somewhat misleading as it covers the early American (USA) helicopter concepts till the emergence of the successful helicopter in the late 1930's (Sikorsky). There are some hints and some pictures about developments outside the USA but this is more for comparison. The coverage of USA helicopter concepts is extensive, with many drawings, patents and photographs (the photographs are somewhat too black though). This 1998 study of Liberatore is based on a very extensive survey done for the Air Material Command, U.S. Air Force in the 1950's, covering 18 volumes and about 5000 pages (!). Liberatore was the editor of this survey. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 157524053X, Hardcover)

This book covers vertical-rising aircraft as envisioned from the earliest concepts to the period when the helicopter became a practical machine in the late 1930s. It focuses on the many pioneering ideas and efforts that led to the creation of today's modern helicopter and it explores possibilities for the future. Inside are over 200 illustrations and an encyclopedic glossary that enables the reader to understand the development of the technology and procedures. It is intended for professionals, students, and the increasing body of aviation enthusiasts and conservators.

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