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Today in World War II History—May 17, 1942

 

Sikorsky YR-4B at NACA Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, VA, 29 March 1945 (NASA Langley photo: EL-2003-00296)

Sikorsky YR-4B at NACA Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, Hampton, VA, 29 March 1945 (NASA Langley photo: EL-2003-00296)

80 Years Ago—May 17, 1942: Germans counterattack near Kharkov, ending Soviet advance in Ukraine.

Igor Sikorsky and Les Morris fly XR-4, the US Army’s first helicopter, 700 miles from Stratford, CT, to Wright Field, OH.

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