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WITH HIS TEAM IN ONE PLACE AND

ABLE TO COMMUNICATE DIRECTLY WITH EACH OTHER THE HELICOPTER PROJECT REALLY TOOK OFF. THE FIRST OF THREE BELL MODEL 30 HELICOPTERS WAS COMPLETED IN DECEMBER OF 1942 AND BECAME THE THIRD SUCCESSFUL AMERICAN HELICOPTER WHEN IT FLEW UNTETHERED ON JUNE 26, 1943

This information made it all the way up to Larry Bell and an invitation for Arthur Young to demonstrate his models at the Bell Aircraft Factory ensued. Arthur Young visited Bell Aircraft in Buffalo, New York on September 3, 1941. He immediately liked Larry Bell and the two men reached an agreement which had Arthur Young assign his patents to Bell Aircraft in return for Bell funding the development of two full scale helicopter prototypes (Spenser, 1998). He started working at the Bell factory in November of 1941 and just a few weeks later the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.

Bell Aircraft

became heavily involved in manufacturing fixed wing aircraft for the war effort and very little attention was paid to Arthur Young and his helicopter design effort. Although this lack of attention was initially discouraging, it may have been a blessing in disguise. Bell Aircraft had wanted Arthur Young to follow their process which was to make a complete set of detailed drawings and then build the aircraft. He knew that the helicopter was too new and complex to try and make the drawings and then build the proto- type. Rather it would be much easier to build the prototype, work out the bugs and then make the manufacturing drawings. Another problem was that his team was scattered throughout the factory, frag- menting their collective effort on the helicopter project. To solve this second problem Arthur Young located an empty Chrysler dealership in Gardenville, New York, outside Buffalo, and got the Bell manage- ment to agree to let him use it. He relocated his team to Gardenville in the spring of 1942 (Young, 2004). The Gardenville location had everything he needed, ample open space outside to conduct test flights and room inside for a machine shop, wood shop, drafting room and offices all under one roof. With his team in one place and able to commu-

nicate directly with each other the helicopter project really took off. The first of three Bell Model 30 hel- icopters was completed in December of 1942 and Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52