Born: United States of America
Primarily active in: United States of America
Peter J. Papadakos, a member of AHS since 1961, passed away on May 26, 1992. Mr. Papadakos was the founder and president of Gyrodyne Co. of America. Founder of the Gyrodyne Company of America. The company, which incorporated in 1946, was primarily engaged in the design, testing, development and production of coaxial helicopters. Most of the company's work was conducted under contracts with the US Navy with a small procurement by the Japanese Maritime Service. As recently as August 1991 the company was awarded a US Navy contract for $1,284,000 for the manufacture of composite rotor blades used on Gyrodyne QH-50 aircraft wtill in government inventory.
AHS Update: Vertiflite May/June 1993