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Video: Some people get excited for the holidays when decorations are getting put up, lights are getting smattered over houses and cheery music is all over the radio. I get excited for the holidays by watching bad arse helicopters fly in crazy gnarly patterns to transport Christmas trees. It's like those arcade claw machines but with a freaking chopper.

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There's a hard speed limit for helicopters. Like, a speed that helicopters physically can't exceed. Above about 400km/h, helicopter blades literally run out of lift and the bird falls out of the sky. It's due to a phenomenon called dissymmetry of lift, and this video explains exactly how it works.

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Without a set of wings, you would assume that a helicopter couldn't safely land like a gliding plane can in the event of an engine failure. But surprisingly, using some clever physics tricks, a skilled helicopter pilot can bring their craft in for a safe landing if its motor dies. It won't just fall out of the sky.

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Video: The opening sequence of the latest James Bond movie Spectre involves explosions, a chase scene, a well tailored suit and a fight scene inside a totally insane helicopter ride. This behind the scenes footage shows how batshit some of those tricks and maneuvers were. The helicopter purposely dives itself into a group of people on the ground, almost crashes into them, and then soars up at the very last second for added dramatic effect. I would have fainted if I was there.