1932-2022
Ken Wernicke, Bell Tiltrotor and VTOL Pioneer

Wernicke was born on Oct. 12, 1932, to Albert Frank Wernicke and Margaret Pritchard McGrew Wernicke. He was the older of identical twins; he and his brother Rodney both worked for Bell Helicopter. 

According to his family, Wernicke’s love for engineering did not start or stop at the office. As a child, he built rubber band-powered model airplanes; as an adult he created the “Flying Surfboard,” a towline glider operated over water and pulled by an outboard motorboat; the “Kiddie Car,” a child-sized aircushion vehicle operated by his older daughter; and two different aircushion boats.

Learn more about Ken in VFS magazine - 'In Memoriam' pages of Vertiflite issue November/December, 2022.

Kenneth Wernicke

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1932-2022
Ken Wernicke, Bell Tiltrotor and VTOL Pioneer

Wernicke was born on Oct. 12, 1932, to Albert Frank Wernicke and Margaret Pritchard McGrew Wernicke. He was the older of identical twins; he and his brother Rodney both worked for Bell Helicopter.

According to his family, Wernicke’s love for engineering did not start or stop at the office. As a child, he built rubber band-powered model airplanes; as an adult he created the “Flying Surfboard,” a towline glider operated over water and pulled by an outboard motorboat; the “Kiddie Car,” a child-sized aircushion vehicle operated by his older daughter; and two different aircushion boats.

Learn more about Ken in VFS magazine - 'In Memoriam' pages of Vertiflite issue November/December, 2022.

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