The Invention and Development of Rotorcraft
Date : Sat., September 26, 2009 Category : Butcher History Institute
The story of rotary wing flight is one of innovation and heroism, in equal measure. At a time when airplanes were spanning the globe as luxury liners of the air, a small group of visionary engineers set out to develop aircraft for a variety of demanding missions requiring precision control far beyond anything ever envisioned. These pioneering innovators overcame technical challenges with breakthrough designs, careful (and fearless) testing, and sometimes, many times, being willing to try things when others knew that they would fail.
The Wachman Center, in partnership with the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, is presenting this seminar for high school teachers that tells the story of the American rotorcraft industry through the innovations that made vertical flight a reality, and then a necessity, in carrying out vital military and civilian missions. The program will develop curricular materials for high school history, economics, and science classes that will be made available free of charge to teachers worldwide.
Topics and Speakers
Welcomes and Introductions
Inventions and Innovations: How Impractical and Curious Machines Came to be Indispensable in our Lives
Co-Director - Program on Teaching Innovation
Early Helicopter Innovation: Challenges, Pioneers, and Philadelphia
Keynote – Helicopters in the Military: The Story of HMX-1
Military Rotorcraft Innovation – 1940 – 2009
Research Associate, Pennsylvania State University
Teaching Innovation: Helicopters as Multifaceted Case Studies in History, Economics, Science and Vocational Education
All teachers who complete the program will receive an FPRI Certificate of Instruction, as well as related curriculum materials. Registration is free but reservations are required. Lunch, parking, and coffee breaks are provided at no cost. RSVP: [email protected]
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