In spotlight at Congressional autogiro hearing. Washington, D.C., April 26. Highlight of today's news on Capitol Hill was the autogiro hearing before the House Military Affairs Committee, with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison as the first witness. Outstanding aviation experts were asked their opinion of the value of rotor type of aircraft in time of war.
     Here we see, left to right: Prof. Alexander Klemin, Dean of the Guggenhein School of Aeronautics, New York City; Rep. Andrew J. May, Chairman of the House Military Affairs Committee, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy Charles Edison.
Dated 4/26/38.
McCook Field - 1917
     Al Johnson and Jimmy Johnson were attached to McCook Field as pilots. Sergeant Alexander Klemin, who was in full charge of the research department and wanted to learn to fly, ordered himself to conduct observation flights in a number of ships. He taught Al and Jimmy the theory of flight, while they taught him to handle the controls. The results were almost disastrous to all parties concerned. The Johnsons couldn't learn the theory of flight, while Klemin had a tendency to be naturally heavy-handed at the controls. His peculiar antics in the air were a source of never-ending delight to the McCook personnel. For hours, while in the air with the Johnsons, Klemin would launch into arguments and discussions, shouting over the noise of the motors, attempting to coordinate theory with practice. And it would wind up with his taking the stick and nearly cracking up the plane.
This from Maurice Holland's Architects of Aviation, 1951


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     If you search for "Alexander Klemin, using the Google search engine, (10-14-09), you will still find about 18,300 links!!
     This page is a wonderful place to start if you want more information on this man. You will find a very detailed, if brief summary of his life and career.

Finding Aid for the Alexander Klemin Papers, 1900-1950
     This website offers a nice biography of Dr. Klemin in addition to serving as a finding air for his papers.

Dr. Klemin died in 1950.

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