Helicopters: An Illustrated History of Their Impact

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Helicopters: An Illustrated History of Their Impact covers the development of helicopters from a concept in Leonardo daVinci's mind to the first successful machines in the early 1900s to the latest tilt-rotor designs. Time and again, in a story of constant innovation, designers answered the concerns of military planners with more maneuverable, more capable rotorcraft.

With expert analysis and specific details of every significant model ever used, Helicopters shows how these once denigrated machines became essential to a variety of missions (reconnaissance, transport, attack, support, evacuation, urban combat, quick strikes behind enemy lines, and more). In addition, the book looks at the impact of rotorcraft beyond the military, including their ever-widening role in emergency medical care, police work, traffic control, agriculture, news reporting, and more.

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"Black-and-white photographs of numerous helicopter models flesh out this extensively researched, at times technical survey that nonetheless will appeal to non-specialist general readers and military aviation history scholars alike."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851094684
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Series: Weapons and Warfare Series
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to encyclopedias of weapons and warfare series
Ch. 1 Early developments, 1900-1939 1
Ch. 2 World War II, 1939-1945 25
Ch. 3 Korea and the Cold War, 1946-1961 51
Ch. 4 Vietnam, the Middle East, and the face-off in Europe, 1961-1975 95
Ch. 5 Technological evolution, 1976-1990 143
Ch. 6 Desert shield/storm and beyond, 1990-2003 189
Helicopter specifications 225
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