H. Frank Gregory
United States of America
Col. H. Frank Gregory played one of of the most significant roles in launching the helicopter as a vital part of the US military. He was the first serving member of the US Armed Forces to fly a helicopter and accepted the first helicopter to be assessed by the US miltary.
A short biography for Gregory is provided in the AHS 2017 Calendar for the month of February.
|Milestones associated with H. Frank Gregory|
|July 24, 1940||First helicopter flight by an American military pilot (VS-300 2nd configuration)|
|April 20, 1942||Demonstration of the Vought-Sikorsky XR-4 to the US military and Government|
|May 30, 1942||The US Army Air Corps accepts its first helicopter (Sikorsky XR-4)|
|May 6, 1943||Col. Frank Gregory performs first shipborne trials with a Vought-Sikorsky XR-4|
|October 7, 1944||First Honorary Fellowships of the American Helicopter Society (AHS) awarded|
|October 7, 1944||First Annual Dinner of the AHS|