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Charles H. Kaman, Helicopter Pioneer, Dies At 91
From Hartford Courant
Early helicopters could be unstable, making them difficult to fly. Kaman developed a new rotor concept that he believed would give the "whirly-birds" ...

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Drexel  Mathews
# Drexel Mathews
Wednesday, February 02, 2011 11:26 AM
My sympathy goes out to his family. He was a true pioneer in helicopter history. I was fortunate to have flown the H-2 A,B, C, D , F, Kaman helicopters. I flew to the factory to pick them up for the Navy many times. I got to meet him and a number of his personnel on numerous occasions. All were truly professional individuals. The H-2 helicopter was a great helicopter and was the one I flew on the USS Intrepid in VietNam. I was later the C.O. of HSL-35, which flew the H-2 F. I have an Ovation guitar, which he designed and built.
I guess to really demonstrate the respect and admiration I have for this great man, when I retired from the Navy and bought a home on a private airport, I named the street I live on "SEASPRITE LANE." , which for those who may not know , Seasprite is the name for the H-2 helicopter. GOD SPEED Mr. Charles H Kaman ,it was an honor to have known you ! Drexel Mathews Cdr. USN Ret.

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