Monster Machines: Every US Military Helicopter Could Soon Be A Drone

The MQ-8 Fire Scout might be the US military’s marquee pilotless helicopter, but it’s not the only one. A pair of R/C Kaman K-Max K-1200 choppers have proven their value resupplying forward operating bases in Afghanistan and, now, the DoD is developing a system to turn any helicopter into a remotely operated whirly bird.

Jackass Who Lasered Children's Hospital Chopper Gets 14-Year Sentence

Astounding moron Sergio Rodriguez got slapped with a 14-year prison sentence earlier this month, convicted of aiming a laser pointer at an emergency medical helicopter taking a young patient to Children’s Hospital of Central California. Remember folks, trying to blind pilots midair is a very, very bad idea.

An Australian Rescue Helicopter Almost Had A Mid-Air Collision With A Drone

A Westpac Rescue helicopter narrowly avoided a collision with a drone while it was flying back to its Newcastle base in New South Wales over the weekend.

Holy Crap, This Woman Is Flying Hanging From Two Toy Helicopters!

You’ve probably dreamt about flying. Who hasn’t? It seems awesome! But getting lifted into the air by two separate RC helicopters also seems more than a little bit scary.

This Is A Picture Of The Sound A Helicopter Makes

This might look like the cut-stick project of a small child, but in fact this image visualises the noise that a helicopter makes as it tears through the air. Really.

Helicopter Incredibly Rescues A Man Trapped On A Crane After Explosion

Here’s where you don’t want to find yourself in the freezing cold after a building explosion: stranded on top of a freaking crane with no way to go down because of said explosion. Luckily, you can go up. What? Yes, up. Like a scene from some impossible 80′s action movie, a guy trapped on top of a crane was rescued by helicopter after a fiery explosion on the ground. Amazing.

LED Blades Turn This RC Toy Helicopter Into An Airborne Messenger

Sometimes well-placed propaganda is the strongest weapon of all. So the folks at Brando have come across what could be the most dangerous RC toy ever devised, armed with an extra spinning rotor that displays custom messages. Because a foam arrow to the eye doesn’t hurt nearly as much as the revelation that “Jason smells like poop.”

Quadcopters? Please. We Have Octodecacopters Now.

Four small corner-mounted rotors has become the most common configuration for autonomous hovering aircraft these days. But it turns out that if you’re willing to add a few more rotors into the mix — like say 16 — suddenly you’ve got yourself an octodecacopter that’s strong enough to carry a couple of human passengers.

Monster Machines: ‚ÄčThis Wacky Sci-Fi Plane-Helicopter Hybrid Was Almost A Thing

By the end of WWII, the basics of helicopter technology as we know it had generally been worked out — and we’d begun to reach the aircraft’s physical limitations. For the US Air Force, the solution to the issue running up against these performance walls was simple: combine the best parts of a helicopter and jet together, creating the chimeric delta-wing Convertiplane.

Monster Machines: There's No Escaping These Pack-Hunting Soviet Assault Choppers

Sure, the MI-24 Hind packs a wallop, but it’s big, heavy and cumbersome to fly. So, to penetrate enemy territory, Russia designed and built the agile and deadly Black Shark assault chopper. All it’s missing is a frickin’ laser.