Georges de Bothezat in His Helicopter at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, 1923-1924

Summary

The search for a practical helicopter was difficult, particularly because of the challenges in controlling such an aircraft. In 1922 Russian-American inventor Georges de Bothezat, with funding from the U.S. Army, produced a four-rotor craft capable of vertical takeoff but limited in its horizontal motion. Convinced that de Bothezat's design was unworkable, the Army canceled the project in 1924.

The search for a practical helicopter was difficult, particularly because of the challenges in controlling such an aircraft. In 1922 Russian-American inventor Georges de Bothezat, with funding from the U.S. Army, produced a four-rotor craft capable of vertical takeoff but limited in its horizontal motion. Convinced that de Bothezat's design was unworkable, the Army canceled the project in 1924.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

1923-1924

Subject Date

1923-1924

Creators

Dearborn Publishing Company 

Creator Notes

Taken to illustrate an article in the Dearborn Independent newspaper. Not published.

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

91.98.589

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford R. Bryan.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.938 in

Width: 10 in

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