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The 'Lighter Side Of Helicopter History' Coming November 3 In EAA AirVenture Museum Speaker Series


EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (October 22, 2007) — Clothesline, cropdusting and vacuum cleaner motors are all part of the fascinating aviation history that will be explored at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, when Bill Zierdt presents "The Lighter Side of Helicopter History."

Zierdt, a Fond du Lac resident, is a retired U.S. Army Aviator who has flown airplanes, gliders, helicopters and gyroplanes since first entering flight school in 1959. His background includes serving as a standardization instruction pilot for the Huey helicopter series and a test pilot for the Cobra helicopter. He has lived much of helicopter history and flown many of the aircraft featured in his presentation.

The Nov. 3 presentation features four men and four companies responsible for much of the modern helicopter industry. Their success and spectacular failures highlight America's emergence as the leader of helicopter development in the 1940s. The presentation will also answer such whimsical questions as:

  • How did Mrs. Piasecki's clothesline help advance helicopter development?
  • Why did the first crop dusted by Stanley Hiller's helicopter disappear?
  • What laws of physics did Igor Sikorsky ignore for two years?
  • Why did Arthur Young use so many vacuum cleaner motors and still only reach an altitude of 200 feet?

The presentation, which is included with regular EAA museum admission, will also feature the first U.S. helicopter flight in 1922 and some of the strange contraptions that have been attempted through the years.

The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round and family memberships are available. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.

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