Aviation Pioneer Wright Dead at 90


Peter Wright, Sr., founder of Keystone Helicopter and WWII Flying Tiger, succumbs to kidney failure at age 90.

Peter Wright, Sr. - 1917-2007: WWII Flying Tiger and Helicopter Industry Pioneer

PHILADELPHIA, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter Wright, Sr., founder and

Chairman Emeritus of Keystone Helicopter and a highly decorated combat
airman from World War II’s famed Flying Tigers, died on June 1, 2007 at age
90. Mr. Wright was a major figure in the development of the commercial
helicopter industry. He founded Keystone Helicopter in 1953 in
Philadelphia, and created the American Helicopter Museum and Education
Center in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Peter Wright, Sr. was the recipient
of the Lawrence D. Bell Memorial Award in 1987, given by the Helicopter
Association International (“HAI”) for excellence in management of vertical
flight businesses. He was also inducted into the American Combat Airman
Hall of Fame for his exemplary service in the Flying Tigers. He received
the Lifetime Membership Award from HAI, and the Elder Statesman of Aviation
Award from the National Aeronautics Association. McGraw-Hill’s “Overhaul &
Maintenance” Magazine honored Wright with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

James you should remember Pete as he was a close friend of Steve Snyder’s and would visit the museum often. A very unassuming gentleman, most people who met him never learned of his heroism during WWII. He was a true representative of “The Greatest Generation”.