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Above: Joe Mashman is shown with then Texas Senator Lyndon Johnson in a Bell 47J in this photograph from the early 1960s. Mashman frequently flew for Johnson starting during Johnson’s senatorial campaign in1948.

Johnson’s signature and a note to Mashman can be seen on the left side. Photo: Courtesy of the Mashman Aviation History File

worked with Bell engineers to mount it on the landing skid of a Model 47.

oped a way to aim the weapon using a rear sight and a mark on the windscreen.

was initially test fired on the ground. After see- ing no apparent


Mashman took off with a Marine Corps colonel for the first in-flight test.

They also devel- The Bazooka

to the helicopter, Joe Mashman pro-

ceeded to hit a large wooden test range target dead on at a distance of 300 yards (Brown, 1995). Despite the success of the demonstration, the helicopter fired Bazooka did not go into service in Korea.


future attack helicopter models, which Bell would make very successful.

this did foreshadow the Later in the war, at the

request of Larry Bell, Joe Mashman went ROTORCRAFTPROFESSIONAL to

Korea to observe and fly with U.S. Army pilots operating on the front lines.

Bell already had

technical representatives in Korea assisting with helicopter maintenance. Mashman went to advise the pilots, many of who were relatively inexperienced. He helped develop a jump take- off procedure, which involved using maximum rotor rpm to jump

the helicopter up then

decreasing the collective slightly while increasing the airspeed. Another technique that Mashman helped to develop was a high altitude, high gross weight takeoff in which an elevated landing spot was used to allow the helicopter to go through translational lift while descending down the slope (Padfield, 1992). The post Korean War boom in helicopter


sales meant that Joe Mashman was extremely busy.

He demonstrated the Model 47 across

Europe and the United States. One of the most important demonstrations occurred in 1957. Mashman landed a Model 47J on the south lawn of the White House and showed the hel- icopter to President Eisenhower.

Later, he gave

check rides to two Air Force pilots assigned to fly the President.

From the mid-1950s to the

mid-1960s, Joe Mashman demonstrated Model 47s throughout Africa from Algeria to Ethiopia to South Africa, in the Far East including Indonesia and Japan, and other countries such as India, Israel, Pakistan, Iran and Australia. However, some of the most impressive demonstrations of his career occurred during a three-month tour of

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