Revolving blades were a lifelong fascination for Glid Doman. He started out designing, and then manufacturing, pioneering helicopters and after that, moved on to another then-new field: air-driven turbines for generating electricity. As tireless as the blades he designed, Doman was still working well into his 90s.
Glidden Sweet Doman was born in western New York in 1921. His father and uncle set up the first electrical system for their small town, and his brother designed engines for Franklin automobiles and the first Sikorski helicopters. In his teens, Doman built motorized go-carts, and a streamlined Soapbox Derby racer, winning a regional race in Syracuse when he was 15.