- n. Plural form of convertiplane.
“Miller was already a believer in VTOL aircraft, as people were calling convertiplanes by now.”
“He concluded that, counting the helicopter, there were sixteen categories of what experts by then were no longer calling convertiplanes but instead “VTOLs,” an acronym for Vertical Take Off and Landing, pronounced “VEE-talls.””
“One dreamer who shared that vision was Gerardus Post Herrick, known as Gerard, whose obituary in the September 10, 1955, New York Times noted that he was the “generally acknowledged father of convertiplanes.””
“Co-sponsored by the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences and the five-year-old American Helicopter Society, the gathering attracted 250 engineers and others eager to talk about convertiplanes.”
“In a 1943 article for the magazine Mechanix Illustrated, Herrick shared his notion of how convertiplanes were about to change the world: Little Jimmie Jr. looks up from his 1950 Model tricycle toward a tiny speck just above the horizon.”
“Such a machine would rise vertically, convert in midair to horizontal flight, then convert back to land, so in time, they came to call these dream machines “convertiplanes.””
“The arrival of the helicopter kindled new, wider, and far stronger interest in convertiplanes for another reason as well.”
“One Marine officer interested in convertiplanes was Keith McCutcheon, a pioneer in helicopter tactics.”
“Against that backdrop, the U.S. military—like the militaries of the antagonistic Soviet Union and of America’s richest allies, Britain, France, and West Germany—spent millions of dollars over the next two decades on experimental convertiplanes.”
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