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Charles Kaman Passed Away Aged 91  
User currently offlinebreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1915 posts, RR: 2
Posted (3 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 2882 times:

Here is an article by flightglobal.com:
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles...pter-pioneer-kaman-dies-at-91.html
Charles H. Kaman's helicopters were maybe not as famous as the likes of Sikorsky and Bell, but they were remarkable machines.
I have always wondered how came that the two main proponents of un-ortodox helicopters, intermeshing or co-axial rotors, were Kaman and Kamov.
A play of fate?

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User currently offlinewarden145 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 5 hours ago) and read 2710 times:

I had to admit, I hadn't heard of him before your post...quite an impressive list of accomplishments! May he rest in peace.


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User currently offlinecol From Malaysia, joined Nov 2003, 2094 posts, RR: 22
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 hours ago) and read 2619 times:

Great pioneer. Once went to his facility when I lived nearby. Excellent people and nice tour. He came up with some tremendous ideas. RIP.

User currently offlinemacsog6 From Singapore, joined Jan 2010, 525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2376 times:
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Both rotary wing aircraft and guitars have lost a great advocate. I met him once and am still unsure as to which was his greatest passion.


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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13968 posts, RR: 63
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2339 times:

Actually the intermeshing rotor system was pioneered in Germany by Anton Flettner, who designed the FL-282 Kolibri helicopter in 1942 (which was based on the proof of concept FL-265, also with intermeshing rotors from 1938).
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Flettner_282_Modell_02.jpg
Flettner used his contacts with highranking Nazis to protect or to warn various people persecuted by the Nazis of impeding arrest, including his own Jewish wife, whom he managed to bring to safety in Sweden.
After WW2 Flettner moved to the US as one of the first postwar German immigrants and started a company for helicopters. This company failed and he got hired by Kaman as chief designer.
Kaman contributed inventions of his own to the successfull range of helicopters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anton_Flettner

RIP, Charles Kaman.

Jan


User currently offlinetrigged From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 538 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Rest well Charles. Job well done. Very interesting work and design!

User currently offlinebreiz From France, joined Mar 2005, 1915 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2109 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 4):
Actually the intermeshing rotor system was pioneered in Germany by Anton Flettner

Interesting bit. I had forgotten about Anton Flettner.
Thanks Jan.

And Flettner should also be remembered for the invention of the "Flettner tab".

[Edited 2011-02-03 07:23:54]

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