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The Kellett News
hed Monthly By and For The Employees of 
LLETT AUTOGIRO CORPORATION
Street and Grays Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.
EDITORS
parmaker  Haig Kurkjian  Robert T. Paul
Cyril J. Sprague  D. Tomasso
BUSINESS MANAGER-James E. Robertson
November-1941
OGIRO INVASION OF ENGLAND?
reading between the lines of German statements still
military value, there's a possibility that Adolf Hitler's 
invasion of the Bristiah Isles may become an actuality
rough the surprise use of 5000 or more super-auto-

y officials, we learn, have been favorably impressed
aircraft propelled by windmill blades.  This Soviet
n autogiro or helicopter, has proved very servicable
of artillery registration.  German military leaders
e rated this Russian ship as superior to their own
eseler Storch because of its ability to hover motion-
ignated vantage spot.
by the Germans must be viewed from two angles.
Nazi army leaders actually hold the Russian plan
and, therefore, superior to anything they may have
that the Germans hope to deceive the Russians and
the ability of their own autogiro or helicopter.
s been striving day and night to built a super auto-
experts have been working on such a plan since
rt of the present World War.  Drastic efforts have
keep the activities of the men assigned to the job
ost secrecy.  But Richard H. Prewitt, a vice president
Autogiro Corporation and one of the world's leading
eers, learned of German's plans during a visit to that
months before Hitler's armed forces swung into
overed that the Germans were experimenting on a
-blade plane; one capable of carrying 30 men over
s.  At that time, Germany was training thousands of
pers but inability of the 'chutists to land safely from
ng at a low height was causing many military leaders
such an offensive method.  An autogiro, these leaders
permit a smashing invasion from the air-providing
ould be developed.
Germany was experimenting with a rotorcraft incor-
orsepower engine which, the experts predicted, would
y an 8500-pound load.  The plane itself might weigh 
eaving 3500 pounds for manpower or guns, or both.
rrying 15 troops, would be capable of also transport-
f armored "jeeps" or small cannon.
early three years ago.  It is safe to say that the Ger-
have not been wasting their time.  It is possible the
r autogiro has been perfected.  Or even bettered.  In 
would be superior to the Russian ship and perhaps the
long-awaited invasion of the British Isles.
would be far more serviceable in a gigantic air inva-
gliders used so successfully in the Nazi's clean-cut
te.
d that 30,000 Germans landed in Crete through the
; all within a few hours.  But once the men landed,
e of no more use.  They were abandoned or discarded.
ould be used over and over again if properly protected
ce strong enough to maintain command of the route
on.
on of the British Isles, Germany first would send wave
fiighter planes and bombers over the English Channel
gain mastery of the air and thus open a lane for the
autogiros.  If thus unhampered, the giros could land
ed "jeeps" and either small cannon or machine guns.
could be made in the worst possible terrain.  Then, as 
red into action, the giros could return to their home
d for another dash across the Channel.
utogiro, with its jump take-off, could also be used for
of troops behind the battle lines.  Thus a weak spot
gthened without undue delay.
of air-borne troop invasions have only been touched
n this war.  Gliders, it is reported, were used to land
ehind the Maginot line to the disconcerment of French
ts who had most of their huge rifles embedded in the 
Germany.  The glider-born troops, with their portable gun parts ready for quick assembly, were in position to fire away at Maginot fortifications completely helpless to return the blasts.
Germany must be watched for the first inkling of the new super-giro.  England must be on guard for an invasion of such planes.  And it would be well for the military leaders of this country to continue their experiments with the autogiro.  The Navy has seen fit to virtually ignore the autogiro to date but the use of this type of plan on a freighter would release aircraft carriers, and fighting planes from convoy duty for work at other vital points.

WET SPRAY ON FLORIDA PEPPERS A LA COOPER
[[Image]]
How the autogiro is used to save valuable crops is shown above.  Leslie Cooper now associated with the Kellett Corporation, is the pilot above.

Predicts Big Future For Giro Dusting
By Leslie B. Cooper
When most people think of aerial dusting, they think of cotton because that's where it started nearly twenty years ago.  Now practically every truck crop, grown in ten acre lots or more, is treated from the air.  Tomatoes, peas, beans, potatoes, spinnach-in fact offhand I can't think of one common vegetable I haven't poisoned by autogiro.
Also such special crops as cranberries, blueberries and celery and forest areas for gipsy-moth, cankerworm and pine saw-fly are more effectively treated by aerial dusting or spraying then from the ground.  It is cheaper and quicker, too.
Throughout the west, aircraft-including autogiros-are used to distribute poison bait to kill grasshoppers and crickets in territory too isolated or rough for ground machines.  Grass seed is planted from the skies in teh dust-bowl area, rice is sown in California and even the mosquito feels the effect of this aerial blitzkrieg.
You realize that the autogiro has been playing a considerable part in the air war on insect pests.  Not only commercially but when owned and operated by the government.
The U. S. Department of Agriculture has been operating a fleet of ten autogiros. In the East, one of their ships-which this factor equipped with its dusting mechanism-is doing a splendid job distributing poison over the wooded hills of New England to kill the Gipsy moth which otherwise would destroy the trees.  It is saving hundreds of forest acres that are too inaccessible to be sprayed from the ground.
Nearer home their smaller ships have been constantly flying "low 
[[Text Box]] Haig Recovering From an Operation
Haig Kurkjian, whose articles and photographs have been a feature of the Kellett News, is recuperating in Hahnemann Hospital from a recent operation that resulted in the removal of his appendix.
The photographs illustrating this issue were taken by Haig's younger brother, Ed, who also has proved a very versatile journalist.

and slow" to locate Dutch Elm Disease.  When a diseased tree is spotted from the air, the ground crews go in and destroy it.
Out West-and I flew one of the giros there for two years-grasshoppers and Mormon crickets are poisoned from Montana to Texas and from Oregon to Nevada.  Often we landed and took off with heavy loads at better than 6000 feet altitude with the thermometer over 100 degrees.  And when I say heavy loads I mean 700 pounds of poison bait, 150 pounds of mechanism plus my 240 pounds!
Let anyone who thinks the giro can't do a job of work put that in
[[Text Box]] Relief Telephone Operator Injured
Frances Flood, relief telephone operator suffered severe cuts and bruises when run down by a truck at the intersection of 58th St. and Woodland Ave.
Frances was crossing 58th St. when the truck moving on the south side of the trolley, struck her.
Larry Isbister, passing the scene at the time, picked up Frances and sped her to Mercy Hospital.  She was taken home shortly afterwards and is expected to return to her post soon.

his pipe and smoke it!
I have a record before me of 23 working days during which I dumped 254,290 pounds of bait, or an average of more than 10,000 pounds per day.
The smaller giros maintain a constant patrol, landing every ten miles usually in spots no "frozen wing" aircraft could get in and out of, to keep a check on the grasshopper population.  When it becomes dangerously numerous, ground and air force put on a campaign of extermination.  Only those who have seen a countryside totally covered by grasshoppers can realize the value of this work.
The autogiro has many advantages over the airplane for dusting.  It can use smaller fields and hence load closer to the area to be treated  . This saves long hauls, speeds up the work and cuts expense.  Especially is this true with the perfection of jump take-off.  Your "leaping lenas" will use almost any small cleared space.
Then, too, the giros can fly showly in and out of smaller spaces surrounded by trees which makes for safety and a better job of dust distribution.  Last but not least the giro flues tail low at slow speeds and the dust is driven at an angle to the ground where it rebounds and coats bottom as well as the top of leaves, providing a far better insect kill.
Someday this war will be over and we will return a normal way of living.  I confidently predict that the improved autogiro will find a large sales outlet in the field of agriculture.


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