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American Helicopter

The American Helicopter Company was first formed in 1947 for research and development on XA-5 pulsejet-powered helicopter and later acquired by the Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation in April 1954.

Eugene M. Gluhareff was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1916 immigrating to the United States with his family via Finland in the early 1920's.
An Aeronautical Engineer graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, he was a jet engine and helicopter designer and inventor. His extensive experience was acquired over many years of association with leading companies in the fields of design, research and development.
He has been a part of helicopter development since its beginning in 1940 with Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Bridgeport, Connecticut as a primary design engineer and project engineer. He worked directly under Mr. Igor I. Sikorsky and Mr. Igor A. Sikorsky, Chief of Aerodynamics. It was there he invented and developed the Pulse Jet Engine, a one-man single bladed jet helicopter which he test flew himself and also a Delta Wing Convertiplane for the United States Airforce.
In 1950 he moved to California and joined the American Helicopter Company in Manhattan Beach as a project engineer on a pulse jet powered helicopter (Top Sergeant). He was promoted to Chief of Preliminary Design and there designed the XH-26 One-Man-Jet Helicopter for the U.S.A.F.. Following this term with American Helicopter, he worked with Rotorcraft Corporation in Glendale, California as Design Engineer and was engaged in the redesign of a rocket powered one-man-helicopter for the U.S. Navy.


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