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Above: Members of the Gardenville team pose for a picture in front of the second Bell Model 30 helicopter in February of 1944. Arthur Young is second from the left.

Below: On the evening of May 10, 1944, Bell test pilot Floyd Carlson made the first indoor helicopter flight in North America at the Buffalo Armory. The highlight of the show was when Carlson hovered the helicopter so that one of the forward landing gear wheels rested in the outstretched hand of Arthur Young. Arthur Young is shown standing to the right of the second Bell Model 30

Photos: Courtesy of the Anodos Foundation

30 YEARS AFTER THE CERTIFICATION BELL MANUFACTURED IT’S 20,000 HELICOPTER

combined with Larry Bell’s vision and manufacturing acumen established the Bell Aircraft Corporation as a front runner in the emerging helicopter industry. In 1974, less than 30 years after the certification of the Model 47, Bell manufactured its 20,000th heli- copter (Spenser, 1998). This was no doubt a credit to the groundwork laid down by Arthur Young, inventor of the first Bell helicopter.

Unique among the approaches of the other early helicopter pioneers was Arthur Young’s decision to experiment exclusively with models prior to building a full scale helicopter. This was certainly a very tedious and time consuming process made even more difficult by the lack of availability of model engines

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