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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

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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

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