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RPM: You also crossed paths with Rotorcraft Pioneer Commander Stewart Graham while you were in the Coast Guard. Commander Graham was truly a ground breaking pilot who among other things was the first to con- duct a hoist at night, helped develop helicopter anti-submarine tactics and shipboard operations. Even in today’s more advanced and reliable helicopters, these are some of the most demanding missions that helicopter pilots undertake. How did Stewart Graham approach helicopter development and what can you say about his place in helicopter history? SS: Commander Graham was a terrific asset to Erickson. Graham was faithful enough to Erickson and Erickson’s belief in the helicopter to follow him almost into banishment at the helicopter development unit in Elizabeth City, NC after the Coast Guard helicopter school at Floyd Bennett Field was closed. I think that Graham’s place in aviation his- tory can best be summed up by the fact that in the 1960s when the Navy finally decided that the helicopter had matured to the point of needing to be included in the Naval Test Pilot School, Graham was asked to set up a helicopter course at the Naval Test Pilot School. The Navy didn’t have anyone who they thought was as qualified as Stewart Graham to start the helicopter course. As I understand it, today’s material still mentions that Graham set up the original syllabus and was in charge of the helicopter course at the Test Pilot School for about 3 years. Graham’s place in helicopter history is solid and long lasting.


RPM: During your Coast Guard service you contributed greatly to making helicopters more capable machines by helping to develop arguably the most important piece of equipment on a rescue helicopter, the rescue hoist. Did you have any idea then how important that piece of equipment would be to hel- icopter rescue missions? SS: I would say that I contributed modestly. I was much lighter and thinner than I am today and CDR Erickson was


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