The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Helicopters Now Available For Civilians 1946

The first practical helicopters were built by the Sikorsky company, and began flying for the U.S. military during World War II.  This article from the June 1946 edition of Mechanix Illustrated, posted on Modern Mechanix, examines the company's attempts to break into the civilian market.  It reads much like a test drive article from an automotive magazine, as the author describes the appointments of this relatively new mode of transport.

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