RIP: Charles Kamen

You probably don’t know who Charles Kamen is, but you wouldn’t be alone. He died at the age of 91.

He’s not a household name. But if I told you he invented the gas-turbine-powered helicopter, then went on to create Ovation guitars, and finally started a guide dog school with over 1,300 graduates — many Fidelco dogs have helped combat veterans blinded during duty — you would probably stand up and give that man a standing, ahem, ovation.

True fact: the backs of Ovation guitars are made from the same materials as his helicopter rotor blades.

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