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Piasecki

Frank Piasecki was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to an immigrant Polish tailor. He worked for autogyro manufacturers while still attending Overbrook High School, then studied mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania before graduating with a bachelor's degree from New York University. In 1940, he formed PV Engineering Forum with former Pennsylvania classmate Howard Venzie. He built a single-person, single-rotor helicopter designated the PV-2 and flew it on April 11, 1943. This helicopter impressed the United States Navy sufficiently to win Piasecki a development contract. The name PV Engineering was changed to Piasecki Helicopter Corporation in 1946.. After a boardroom dispute, Piasecki left Piasecki Helicopter in 1955 and formed the Piasecki Aircraft Company. At Piasecki Aircraft, he participated in the development of the Piasecki 16H-1 the world's first shaft driven compound helicopter, the PA-59K/VZ-8P Flying Geep, the Piasecki PA-97 Helistat heavy vertical airlifter and the Piasecki X-49 experimental compound helicopter. After Piasecki had left the Piasecki Helicopter Corporation in 1955, it became the Vertol Aircraft Corporation. Boeing bought Vertol in 1960.
RCAF H-44 chopper at Liverpool, Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Air Force CH-44 Taken in baseball park at Liverpool, Nova Scotia in 1966. Note the fl...
Piasecki H-21 helicopter Canadian Air Force The Piasecki H-21 Workhorse/Shawnee is an American helicopter, the fourth of a line of tandem rotor ...
Piasecki CH-21 Shawnee 56-2077 Photographed on 10 September 2006 at the US Army Transportation Museum, Fort Eustis, Virginia. Comm...
Piasecki VZ-8P Air Jeep flying platform VTOL research craft photographed on 10 September 2006 at the US Army Transportation Museum, Fort Eus...
Piasecki H-25 US Army helicopter The Piasecki H-25 Army Mule/HUP Retriever was a compact single radial engine, twin overlapping tande...
Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever, RCN 622/51-16622 C/n 51 photographed in The Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare on 20 April 2013. The first prototy...
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