By Brian Murphy
Almost immediately prior to Christmas in 1943, 5 military aviators left Alaska's Ladd box on a try out flight. just one ever back: Leon Crane, a urban child from Philadelphia with little greater than a parachute on his again whilst he bailed from his B-24 Liberator sooner than it crashed into the Arctic. by myself in subzero temperatures, Crane controlled to stick alive within the lifeless of the Yukon wintry weather for almost twelve weeks and, amazingly, walked out of the ordeal intact.
81 Days lower than 0 recounts, for the 1st time, the total tale of Crane's awesome saga. In a drama of astonishing unravel with moments of exceptional good fortune, Crane realized to outlive within the Yukon's unforgiving panorama. His is a story of the human ability to suffer severe stipulations and severe loneliness—and emerge superior than earlier than.
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Between 1969 and 1973, these proprotors (as well as others having additional twist configurations) were tested in the ONERA (Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aerospatiales) 8-meter (26 feet) diameter S-1 wind tunnel in ModaneAvrieux, France (figure 29), the Ames 40- by 80-foot wind tunnel (figure 30), and at the Air Force Aero Propulsion Laboratory, Ohio. 85. These experimental investigations also examined the changes in blade twist due to the aerodynamic and rotational loads and the effect of this “live twist” on cruise performance.
When the RFP for the design of the tilt rotor research aircraft was released by NASA, Bell Vice President for Program Management Charles (Chuck) Rudning assigned Henry (Hank) Smyth as proposal manager and Tommy H. Thomason as his deputy. Ken Wernicke was the chief engineer during the proposal phase. After contract award for the TRRA project, the Bell management team consisted of Hank Smyth, Jr. (program manager) and Tommy Thomason (deputy program manager). Troy Gaffey was the chief technical engineer for the project from 1972 to 1975.
Dean C. Borgman, of the AMRDL, was appointed deputy project manager (technical), based on his demonstrated technical competence and leadership qualities. In later years, Borgman served as president of the McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Systems Division and then as president and chief operating officer of United Technologies’ Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation. The Army and NASA personnel associated with the TRRA and related supporting technology activities are identified in Appendix B. S. Army LTC Daniel (Dan) Dugan, attached to the AMRDL, was designated as the project pilot for the TRRA on December 18, 1972.
81 Days Below Zero: The Incredible Survival Story of a World War II Pilot in Alaska's Frozen Wilderness by Brian Murphy