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Re: First helicopter on ship?
Looks like the Germans win. The CG trials were in 1944. The Wikipedia article on the Cobb (always the final authority, right?) says she was the site of the first helicopter take-off. That's contradicted by the article on the Fl-282. Maybe the Cobb gets credits because its helicopter trials were conducted at sea and underway? The CG trials were to prove that helos could be used for anti-submarine and search-and-rescue operations and used the Sikorsky R-4/S-47/HNS-1 helicopter.
I thought that the first-use was aboard KM Koeln (sorry, no umlaut here) in 1941, with Fl 282 Kolibri chopper. Wikipedia ref is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flettner_Fl_282
I recently picked up an old Trident model of USCGC Cobb. She was involved in the first helicopter landings on a ship. I want to to repaint the casting and actually found a color photo of her on Wikipedia. Problem is, I can't figure out what Measure she is painted in. I think it's Measure 22 (with a whole lot of rust!) Any other ideas?
Link: The Helicopter Trials