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ter for potential Bell customers.


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market and Mashman gave demonstrations to executives at General Motors, Chrysler, Ford (including to Henry Ford Jr.), along with several trucking and restaurant companies. March of 1949, Mashman returned to South America.


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time he flew geologists from the Ohio Oil Company over the central Guatemalan jungles on a month long geophysi- cal survey (Spenser, 1998). In the 1950s, Joe Mashman did a series of demonstrations for the military. After hearing about the problems the Marines were having in Korea with Russian tanks, Mashman and Hans Weichsel devised a plan to help. They borrowed a Bazooka from the Pentagon and


sides of the helicopter so that when flying over small towns, Johnson could make short campaign speeches to the resi- dents without landing. Despite being down in the polls ini- tially, Johnson was able to force a run-off election, which he later won to become a senator from Texas. Although it is debatable whether or not the helicopter helped Lyndon Johnson win the election, using it was a radical idea that not doubt brought him and the helicopter a significant amount of attention. Joe Mashman would continue to have a close friendship with Lyndon Johnson until Johnson’s death in 1973. Mashman also continued to fly for him both while he was President and after leaving the White House (Padfield, 1992). After finishing Lyndon Johnson’s senatorial campaign, Joe Mashman returned to work demonstrating the helicop-


Top: Joe Mashman (left) and Bill Diehl (right) stand in front of the Bell 47D that was used to transport President Lyndon Johnson on his 1948 senatorial campaign across Texas. Note the down- ward facing loudspeaker next to Mashman. Bottom: Joe Mashman flies the Bell Model 30, Ship 1A over the Niagara Falls Airport while demonstrating helicopter crop dusting with flour. Photos: Courtesy of the Mashman Aviation History File


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