Born: United States of America
Primarily active in: United States of America

Richard E. Moore, inventor and pioneering engineer in rotorcraft technology, died on September 12, 1987.  He was 68.  Moore's aviation career spanned nearly 50 years with McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company and its predecessors; Hughes Helicopter, Inc. and the Aircraft Division of Hughes Tool Company; General Motors Corporation; Gates Lear jet Corporation, and as a rotorcraft consultant to the US Army.

He was instrumental late in his career in planning the transition of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter Company's research and development facilities into an industry leading position.  His studies or research, engineering and test laboratories throughout the aerospace industry led to the development of the company's year old Advanced Development Center, a 300,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility dedicated to adavanced rotorcraft technology.

Moore received a patent in 1986 for his work on helicopter transmission system that allow variatioins in main and tail rotor speeds.  He was chairman of the company's patent committee.

Moore was a 1942 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and finishing his studies in the top 10 percent of his class.  He joined the Aircraft Division of Hughes Tool Company in 1952 but left the company in 1968 to work on the design of a new twin-engine helicopter being developed by Gates Learjet Corporation.  When the project was cancelled, he worked for the US Army as a consultant.  Moore rejoined the company in 1972.

"Thanks to Dick Moore, the center's capabilities are unmatched in the helicopter industry," said Norm Hirsh, executive vice president of MDHC and AHS Board Chairman.

"He was the principle designer of the drive system for the OH-6," said Hirsh.  "His designs have stood the test of time and have been adapted to all succeeding MD 500 series helicopters."

"Dick Moore was a valuable asset to this company for more than 30 years," Hirs said.  "He also contributed measurably to the industry through his contributiions to the design of helicopters and through his constant search for safer rotorcraft flight."

AHS Update: Vertiflite January/February 1988