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This article, published in the Salina Journal covers the achievements of William J. Purvis and Charles A. Wilson. In 1909, Purvis and Wilson, both Goodland, Kansas, railroad mechanics, built a precursor to the helicopter in their spare time. Although their experiments were less than successful, the U.S. government granted Purvis and Wilson a patent for their rotary-winged design.
Creator: Salina Journal
Date: September 22, 1977
This article can be used in conjunction with other material on William Purvis and Charles Wilson to introduce students to some of the unique contributions Kansans made during the infancy of the American aviation industry.
KS: 7th: 4.6.: significance of the work of entrepreneurial Kansans in the aviation industry
Item Number: 213472
Call Number: K629.13, Aviation Clippings, Vol. 8
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 213472
Business and Industry - Aviation - Research and development
Collections - Library
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Aviation entrepreneurs (Indicator 6)
Date - 1970s - 1977
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Newspaper - clipping
People - Notable Kansans - Purvis, William J.
People - Notable Kansans - Wilson, Charles A.
Places - Cities and towns - Goodland
Places - Cities and towns - Salina
Places - Counties - Saline
Places - Counties - Sherman
Thematic Time Period - Industrialization and the National Economy, 1870-1920
Transportation - Aeronautics
Type of Material - Newspapers - Clippings