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Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Fight the Red Menace: The Children's Crusade against Communism trading cards; 30. Helicopters in Action

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09627.30 Author/Creator: Bowman Gum Company (fl. 1951) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Trading card Date: 1951 Pagination: 1 collecting card ; 6 x 8 cm. Order a Copy

One trading card from the Red Menace collection, "30. Helicopters in Action" depicting soldiers carrying off a wounded man onto a helicopter in an icy terrain. Reverse side contains propaganda narrative mentions the aid that helicopters provide during the Korean War. Text uses colloquial language while referring to helicopters, as 'copters or "egg-beaters."

Helicopter dispatches transported 18,000 casualties to U.N. Army hospitals. Due to the dangerous nature of sending helicopters for medical reasons, aerial missions were restricted only the most serious cases. The aircrafts were named after Native American tribes such as, the Bell H-13 Sioux, the Hiller H-23 Raven, and the H-19 Chickasaw.

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