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The Rebirth of the Tiltrotor—The 1992 Alexander A. Nikolsky Lecture

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Robert R. Lynn recently retired from Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. after nearly 44 years in the rotary wing field. He began his career in industry in 1950 as a draftsman with the Bell Aircraft Corporation in Buffalo, New York. In 1951 he was transferred to Bell's newly established Fort Worth Division. During his association with the company he served in such capacities as project engineer, chief of research and development, director of test and evaluation, and director of design engineering. He was appointed Vice President — Research and Engineering in December 1974. Elevation to a senior vice presidency came in January 1977. A native of Charleston, West Virginia, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and his Masters in aeronautical engineering from Princeton University. Lynn is a registered engineer in the state of Texas and a chartered engineer in Great Britain. He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics, a Fellow in the Royal Aeronautical Society, and an Hanorari Fellow in the American Helicopter Society. He has held numerous offices in the helicopter society, including technical director, president, and chairman of the board. He is the recipient of the Society's Klemin Award, has authored more than 40 publications, and holds multiple patents. He has served many organizations: as advisor to NASA, the Army, and NATO, and as a member of the Aerospace Industries Association's Technical Council and the Aeronautical Policy Review Committee of the Office of Science and Technology of the President. Currently he is a member of the National Research Council's Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 1993

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