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Opposite Top: Autogyro School - Frank Gregory is shown instructing autogyro pilots at the Army's first rotary wing flight school. the table, several autogyros are behind him in the hangar.)


Opposite Bottom: Frank Gregory shown as a Colonel. Photos: Courtesy of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum


the first Thomas H. Bane award by the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences. He received the Bane Award “for his contribution to the military and commercial development and use of the helicopter” and it was presented by Dr. Igor Sikorsky (Helicopter Expert, 1944). Also in 1944, Gregory and Dr. Sikorsky became the first two honorary fellows of the American Helicopter Society. Gregory wrote a book titled Anything a Horse Can Do: The Story of the Helicopter which told about his work with autogyros and helicopters in the late 1930s and early 1940s. In addition to his book, Gregory left behind a large personal collection which documented the early days of the autogyro and helicopter. This collection now resides at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.


General Hamilton H. Howze


Hamilton Hawkins Howze was born on the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1908. To say that Howze was part of a military family would be an understatement. Howze’s father, grandfather and father in law were all U.S. Army general officers who at one time or another served as the Commandant of Cadets at West Point. Howze and his brother Robert would both attend West Point and go on to become general officers as well. Howze earned his commission in the Army after graduating from the Military Academy in 1930. His first assignment was with the 7th Cavalry at Fort Bliss, TX. At this time the cavalry was still using horses and Howze earned a reputation as an excellent polo player. For the rest of the 1930’s Howze served in sever- al mounted cavalry units both stateside and abroad. In 1942, Howze joined the newly formed 8th Armor


Division. Around this time there was a dramatic shift in the Army from horses to tanks. Howze was involved in this change at the division level. Later that year, Howze became the oper- ations officer (G-3) for the 1st Armor Division and spent the next several years fighting in Europe. Howze’s wartime assignments included commands at the battalion, regimental and task force level. His units took part in several major Italian campaigns including Cassino and Anzio along with helping to lead the Allied drive north to Rome (Grayson, 1991). After World War II, Howze held several positions at the U.S. Army Cavalry School at Fort Riley, K.S., attended the National War College in 1948 and was subsequently assigned to the Pentagon. Howze was promoted to Brigadier General in 1952 and became the assistant division commander of the 2nd Armored Division in Germany. It was while in Germany that Howze started flying. Most of his flying was done in an


(Gregory is standing behind


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