Tagged With helicopters

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Video: To ensure the foam fire suppression system actually worked before bringing aircraft into its new helicopter maintenance training facility, safety personnel at the Fort Indiantown Gap Army Reserve base in Pennsylvania performed a full-scale test of the emergency equipment. But I can't understand why no one is running through that hanger like a kid in Willy Wonka's factory.

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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.

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This amazing shot may look like a perfectly-photographed and staged action movie — but it was actually taken this morning as pilots prepare for the largest NATO exercise in 13 years.

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There are so many things going on in this year's US and South Korea's live fire exercise that it's hard to remember what you're seeing because each drill just keeps raising the ante over the previous one. All I know is that there were a ton of tanks, helicopters that filled the sky, planes that scorched flybys, and so many explosions that ripped up the Earth.

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You see the word insane get thrown around on the internet a lot. It's a good word! But few things actually deserve the word insane. This stunt does though. Felix Baumgartner (the dude who jumped from space) pilots a Bolkov BO105 aerobatic helicopter that is basically having a movie car chase scene with a race car and forgot he was piloting a helicopter and not driving a car.

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Video: NASA's Greased Lightning GL-10 is a beast of a drone (it has 10 engines!) that's the closest thing we have to a Transformer in real life. It can flip itself into a helicopter and then fly like an aeroplane and then revert back to helicopter mode. It's awesome seeing the wings tilt back and forth as it changes gears.