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the school to Sheppard Field in Wichita  helicopter pilots were trained individually         Bell Training School opened in 1946. Two of its graduates from early 1947, Hugh Gaddis and Jack Marionelli, both rose to be generals and head Army aviation.       helicopter pilot training class began training in the Bell YR-13 (later designated the YH-13) at the San Marcos Army  Base in 1951, then named Edward Gary Air Force Base in 1953). In 1949, the Army began sending newly minted helicopter pilots to Post Field at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for Advanced Helicopter Techniques in the Bell H-13.


Bell AH-1Z on the front lines


Although the Army employed helicopters in World War II, most remained in the U.S.,  no doctrines or tactics developed for their use, many did not see rotorcraft as a viable


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 


 


 37  


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