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Mourning the loss of alumnus Glidden Doman

The Aerospace Engineering department mourns the loss of Glidden Doman (BSE '42), helicopter pioneer and founder of Doman Helicopters, Inc.| Short Read

The Aerospace Engineering department mourns the loss of alumnus Glidden “Glid” Doman, who passed earlier this week. After graduating with a B.S.E. in Aeronautical Engineering in 1942, Glid became a helicopter designer and pioneer.

Glid Doman founded one of America’s original six helicopter companies, Doman Helicopters, Inc. While his helicopters improved significantly upon what was available, being used exclusively by the U.S. Army and Navy before being certified for commercial use, Glid also used the technology to improve wind turbines.

Of the original helicopter companies, Glid’s was one of the first to transfer the knowledge of rotor dynamics technology to wind turbines. His wind tunnel research on scale models was invaluable and led to Glid leading Italy’s wind energy program. He was also a key designer of the Gamma wind turbine, which resulted in Gamma Ventures, Inc.

The Aerospace department grieves the loss of one of our most notable alumni. Many were inspired by his life, including students and faculty who attended a talk Glid gave in 2010 in Ann Arbor, and we wish our sincerest condolences to Glid’s family and friends.

To read more about the life of Glidden Doman, please read this piece from the American Helicopter Society.

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