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Keystone Founder Peter Wright Sr. Dies

By James T. McKenna | June 4, 2007

Peter Wright Sr., the founder and chairman emeritus of Keystone Helicopter and a highly decorated combat airman from World War II's famed Flying Tigers, died June 1 at age 90.  Wright was a major figure in the development of the commercial helicopter industry. He founded Keystone Helicopter in 1953 in Philadelphia, and created the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, Pa. He was the recipient of the Helicopter Assn. International’s Lawrence D. Bell Memorial Award in 1987, given for excellence in management of vertical flight businesses. He was also inducted into the American Combat Airman Hall of Fame for his exemplary service with the Flying Tigers, and has received the Lifetime Membership Award from HAI, and the Elder Statesman of Aviation Award from the National Aeronautics Assn.  Keystone in late 2004 was sold to Sikorsky Aircraft. For related news

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