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Pilots.


The Helicopter Association


International awarded him the 1982 Lawrence D. Bell award for long and signif- icant contributions to the helicopter indus- try. In honor of Floyd Carlson’s ground breaking use of the helicopter to rescue downed Bell Aircraft test pilot Jack Woolams in 1945, Bell Helicopter institut- ed the Marriott-Carlson Award in 1986. This annual award recognizes the most deserving people in the hospital-based emergency air medical service.


Floyd Carlson was one of the most influential early helicopter pioneers. His outstanding pilot skills and keen test flight abilities helped establish Bell as one of the leading names in the helicopter industry, a position that it still holds today. Carlson was at the controls for some of the most important milestones in helicopter history, flying the third successful North American helicopter and then helping to develop and promote it. His expertise was an indispen- sable part of the historic certification of the Bell Model 47. Floyd Carlson’s career in the helicopter industry spanned a remark- able 40 years in which he brought the heli- copter from its infancy in the Model 30, to wide spread use in the venerable Huey and even beyond with tilt rotor technology and the XV-3. His contributions to helicopter development can be rivaled by few, making him a true Rotorcraft Pioneer. ◆


Above: FFloyd Carlson (right) flies Lucille Ball (center) and Desi Arnaz (left) to the world premiere of their movie “Forever Darling” in February of 1956. Photo: Courtesy of the collection of Todd Carlson


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