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IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR,


KAMAN AEROSPACE PARTNERED WITH LOCKHEED MARTIN TO DEMONSTRATE THE RESUPPLY CAPABILITIES OF AN UNMANNED K-MAX FOR THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS. A REMOTELY PILOTED K-MAX DELIVERED SEVERAL EXTERNAL LOADS VIA BOTH PREPRO- GRAMMED FLIGHT PLANS AND MANU- AL REMOTE CONTROL


6,000 pounds, which is more than its own empty weight (Mutza, 1998). Over 35 K-Maxs have been built, with many finding homes in the logging and construction industries. They have even been used by the U.S. Navy for vertical replenishment operations. In February of 2010, Kaman Aerospace partnered with Lockheed Martin to demonstrate the resupply capabilities of an unmanned K-Max for the U.S. Marine Corps. A remotely piloted K-Max delivered several external loads via both preprogrammed flight plans and manual remote control (Team K-Max, 2010).


Over the years Charles Kaman has received numerous honors and awards including the Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate Award, Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, United States Medal of Technology and Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal. He is also a past president of the American Helicopter Society and a member of the U.S. Naval Aviation Hall of Honor, National Inventors Hall of Fame and honorary fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. An avid musician, in 1966 he developed the Ovation Guitar by using his company’s superior aeronautical expertise to create a new guitar made of composite materials with a round- ed back that had excellent sound transmission quali- ties. Over the years Ovation Guitars have been played by such music greats as Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Shania Twain and Jon Bon Jovi just to name a few and the Kaman Music Corporation has become an indus- try leader in its own right (Cruice, 1996). Charles Kaman and his wife Roberta also bred a new line of German Shepherds and founded the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation.


Absent in Fidelco German


Shepherds are some typical problems associated with the breed and they are trained to be excellent seeing eye dogs. The company that Charles Kaman founded as Kaman Aircraft Corporation in 1945 now exists as the highly diversified Kaman Corporation, a former Fortune 500 company with over 4,000 employees


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