A New Bedford Massachusetts man invented the world's first twin engine helicopter in 1956. Rare 1956 clips of New Bedford Airport. This vintage 1985 Fairhaven cable show hosted by late Historian and Fire Chief Donald R. Bernard, interviewed his uncle, Arthur "Woody" Fortier former engineer-tool and die maker for The Acushnet Co and Convair. He was instrumental in the design and invention of the world's 1st twin engine helicopter which was flown for the first time at New Bedford Airport in 1956. This rare color footage shows the flight as well as some of the machinery involved at one of the hangars. The engineers also boasted that the aircraft was vibration free. Woody was also an active pilot, model maker and small boat builder. From the M.L.Baron Historical Archives.
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