Piasecki the pioneer

A tandem-rotor helicopter, the Piasecki H-16 was first revealed to the public at Philadelphia airport in 1953. However, the crash of the second YH-16 prototype in 1956, which killed the two test pilots, led to the cancellation not only of the YH-16, but also the planned 69-passenger YH-16B version. Designed by Frank Piasecki, the son of an immigrant Polish tailor who went on to concentrate on VTOL development, creating the VZ-8 Airjeep to fulfill a US Army Transportation Research Command contract for a flying jeep in 1957, Revell’s 1:96 scale kit was released in 1955.

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