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Exposed: The U.S. Army Designed One of the First Helicopter Gunships On a Napkin

Joseph Trevithick Security, General Electric’s weapons pod didn’t work out.  In the summer of 1956, U.S. Army colonel Jay Vanderpool found himself in Burlington, Vermont for a secretive meeting with engineers at General Electric. The officer wanted to find out if the manufacturing giant could build weapons for a new type of military vehicle?—?a helicopter gunship. That June, the commandant of the U.
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