The Evolution of the Helicopter

It has been awhile since I last posted because of my Senior Project and spring break, so now twenty five days later I am back to continuing my research on the evolution of the helicopter. My past few posts have been about two of our past wars and the role the helicopter played in each. These posts have added to my constructive research as I work towards my final research paper and an instructive video of helicopter flight as I plan to ride in one at the American Helicopter Museum.

This past week I have reconnected with my mentor who is currently an active member of the United States Coast Guard. He has been guiding me with my research and as it reaches the present time and I analyze the active role of the helicopter in the Coast Guard. This past week he has referred me to a commander and administrator of the Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City New Jersey. I sent the administrator an email and I am hoping to schedule a visit with him at the Air Station so I can see up front and personal a Coast Guard rescue helicopter and I will be able to interview a rescue pilot.

Also this past week I have been emailing back and forth with the director of the American Helicopter Museum to set up a visit in the next two weeks and take a tour of the museum as well as talk with their employees. I plan to take photographs of the historical helicopter designs and learn as much as I can about some of my favorite helicopters there, such as the Sikorsky S-65 and the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.

"Picture of the Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey Aircraft." Airliners. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2015. .

“Picture of the Bell-Boeing MV-22B Osprey Aircraft.” Airliners. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 Apr. 2015. <http://www.airliners.net/photo/USA—Marines/Bell-Boeing-MV-22B-Osprey/1917671/L/&gt;.

I also cannot wait until May 9th when it is helicopter rides day at the museum and I can film my video! While I wait to go on my visit to the American Helicopter Museum, next week I am going to research and dive into the role of the helicopter in the Iraq/Afghanistan War. The helicopter has been used in a number ways through wartime historically and its role is changing. The funding for helicopter advancement has also declined in the past few years slowing down its progression and in the coming weeks as I reach the present designs of helicopters I will look into this issue in depth.

Thanks for reading,

Jeremy ’15

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