R. G., Anderson
United States of America
R. G. Anderson, "Andy" to all, was one of the few men the helicopter industry had borrowed from the automotive game. His first job in rotary wing, however, made good use of his mechanical background. In 1937, he was hired by the Pitcairn Autogiro Company to help solve the difficult transmission problem which is the plague of most rotary wing aircraft. He left Pitcairn to become Chief Mechanical Engineer for G. & A, and later was promoted to factory manager. When Sikorsky Aircraft took the field "Andy" joined its staff as Executive Production Engineer, being made responsible for the production of the very first helicopter to be produced. Andy had been holding a similar position with Bendix Helicopter, Inc., and was newly elected president of AHS in 1945-46.
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