In today's aviation parlance, Harold F. Pitcairn had The Right Stuff. He was, at once, a patriot, an aviation pioneer, a business man, a designer, an inventor, a dreamer, and a forecaster of the future. He was a giant of a man in the development and growth of heavier-than-air aviation in The United States. Not only was he responsible for the research, design, and manufacture of a number of different aircraft models, including the famous Mailwing series and his pioneering jump-takeoff Autogiros with fully articulated rotor heads--he was granted twenty-six US Government patents on rotary-wing aircraft but he accomplished all of this while heavily committed to developing and implementing one of the longest air-mail routes in the country. (From the Introduction) Ronald K. Nelson Major General United States Marine Corps (Ret)
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Carl R. Gunther knew Harold Pitcairn and was requested by the family to compile these important documents. Gunther received an MA in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked as educator, archivist, and aviation researcher for over fifty years.Review:
Harold Pitcairn's brief entry in the Aviation Hall of Fame, written a quarter century after his death, fails to effectively showcase this American aviation innovator's many valuable contributions. And Frank Kingston Smith's 1981 Legacy of Wings: The Story of Harold F. Pitcairn, which has long served as the standard reference for Pitcairn's life, reveals only part of the story, as does Peter Brooks' 1988 book Cierva Autogiros. ... Happily, Carl Gunther's new book on Pitcairn superbly fills this void. Gunther paints a rich portrait of this forgotten innovator through correspondence, a biographical method that serves him particularly well, revealing the depth and complexity of a pioneering aviation life. His book describes in delightful detail, for example, Pitcairn receiving the 1930 Collier Trophy from President Herbert Hoover at the White House, as well as Pitcairn's ventures into airmail and his airplane and autogiro designs. ... Gunther's is the first biography to describe Pitcairn the man, including his religious and political views. Since he also manages to convey the excitement of the early days of American aviation, his book provides an essential view of a previously forgotten inventor and aviator. --Bruce H. Charnov, Aviation History, March 2010
The real benefit of this book is the presentation of primary source material, invaluable to the historian shedding light on aeronautical matters but also providing insights into the personalities of the players. --Mike Breward, The Aerospace Professional, May 2010
It seems that the name Harold F. Pitcairn should be more universally recognized. I had certainly heard of the name over the years, but had no grasp of his myriad of accomplishments. Not only was he the eventual developer of the autogiro, but also created the Pitcairn Mailwing plane and one of the newborn commercial airlines, to be referred to in the future as Eastern Airlines. In 1931, President Hoover handed Harold the prestigious, nationwide Collier Award, and his autogiro's presence was requested by the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. ... If you have a taste for a tale of American industrial glory sprinkled with a dark thread of crime and mystery, then this will satisfy. --Brigit Hartop, Atlantic Flyer, May 2010
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Descripción Bryn Athyn College Press, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 091055773X
Descripción Bryn Athyn College Press, 2009. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P11091055773X