The orange balls on power lines are called visibility marker balls (or just marker balls, for short), and they help make power lines more obvious to low-flying aircraft like planes and helicopters. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
In 1992, a hurricane hit Hawaii where they were filming "Jurassic Park." Spielberg's crew had to be evacuated via helicopter; the pilot, Fred Sorenson, had previously met Spielberg while playing the pilot in the opening scene of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" reviewjournal.com/news/fa…
During the Vietnam war, the CIA created "ghost tapes" designed to frighten Vietcong solders. the tapes were of fallen Vietnamese souls wandering the jungle telling of their suffering, and to go back to their loved ones. These were played loudly at night from helicopters. psywarrior.com/wanderings…
When relocating rhinos in South Africa, they're drugged, blindfolded, and have their legs are tied to a helicopter. It was found that blindfolding them decreases stress during the flight. They're flown because it's much quicker and more convenient than relocating them via truck. biographic.com/rhino-relo…
Victor Prather, a surgeon involved in developing space suits, ascended in a balloon to an altitude of 21 miles in 1961. He survived the freezing journey of 10 hours. He fell into the sea when rescued by a helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico. His suit filled with water, and he drowned. stratocat.com.ar/stratope…
Wilbur & Orville Wright's father gifted them a toy helicopter (based on an invention of French aeronautical pioneer Alphonse PΓ©naud). They played with it until it broke, and then built their own. They later pointed to their experience with the toy as the spark of their interest in flying. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wri…
In the mid-1990s, a man in Montana was able to build fully armed Cobra attack helicopters out of supposedly demilitarized military surplus parts. He then used them to hunt coyotes. olive-drab.com/od_surplus…
In 1986, a French woman studied for months so she could learn how to fly a helicopter. Then she rented one, flew it over a prison and grabbed her husband, a convicted bank robber, from the prison's roof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
That the nut that is attached to the main rotor of a helicopter is referred to as the "Jesus nut." If it comes loose, the only option you have is to pray. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jes…
Five Lithuanian soldiers serving in a reconnaissance unit were declared missing during a military exercise. They thought the drill was ongoing and successfully evaded all forces sent to find them, including trained dogs and a helicopter lrt.lt/en/news-in-english…
In 1974, an Army private hijacked a UH-1B "Huey" helicopter and took it on a joyride, hovering over DC and briefly touching down on the White House lawn twice. When he returned the second time, he was hit with automatic weapons and landed on the South Lawn, after which he was promptly arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
The My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War ended only after Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson, an Army helicopter pilot on a reconnaissance mission, landed his aircraft between the soldiers and the retreating villagers and threatened to open fire if they continued their attacks. history.com/topics/vietna…
The Mexican Government Has Seized 599 aircraft β€” 586 planes and 13 helicopters β€” From The Sinaloa Cartel Between 2006 and 2015. That's More Planes Than Owned By Mexico's Largest Airline. vice.com/en_us/article/vv…
Today I learned about the Kamov ka-50, The first operational helicopter to be equipped with ejector seats. In an emergency situation, the blades are designed to eject from its sleeve a fraction of a second before the pilot's ejector seat is activated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kam…
In 1995, a man named Shawn Nelson stole and drove an M60 Patton tank in a rampage, destroying cars, traffic lights, an RV and others throughout San Diego, California. Police had no means to disable the tank and once asked the U.S. Marines to intervene in the form of a Cobra helicopter airstrike. youtube.com/watch?v=1aA90…
A helicopter accident during the filming of the Twilight Zone Movie that killed three actors ended the friendship between Steven Spielberg and John Landis en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
All US Army Helicopters are named after Indigenous North American Tribes defense.gov/Explore/Insid…
Martin McNally hijacked a plane attempting to copy DB Cooper's infamous heist. He lost the money after jumping out of the plane and got caught days later. After getting caught, he tried to escape prison by an accomplice hijacking a helicopter. riverfronttimes.com/stlou…
In the event of an engine failure, a helicopter can safely land in autorotation. The airflow caused by the fall rotates the blades and brakes the aircraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Today I learned of "Operation Rock Wallaby", a helicopter mission which dumped thousands of pounds of veggies (mostly carrots and sweet potatoes) to wallabies and other animals left without a food source after surviving wildfire in New South Wales. sea.mashable.com/science/…
In 1948 Lyndon B Johnson used a helicopter to campaign for office. He would hover over farmers working in their fields, many who had never seen a helicopter, and blare through the loudspeaker: "Hello, down there! This is your friend, Lyndon Johnson, your candidate for the United States Senate." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/194…
The helicopter from the TV show Airwolf crashed and killed 3 people. get.tv/gettv-blog/8-thing…
Today I learned about a British heavy lift helicopter, code named Bravo November, which was the only of its squadron that survived an attack by the Argentinian air force during the Falklands war and is still currently in service having also flown in Iraq and Afghanistan. gov.uk/government/news/ra…
Her Majesty the Queen opened the London 2012 Olympics in a spoof video whereby James Bond escorted her to the venue via helicopter, which they both parachuted out from with Union Jack parachutes youtu.be/1AS-dCdYZbo
For years United Technologies Corporation, a major American arms developer, illegally gave China access to highly classified military technology in exchange for an increase in profits and entry into the Chinese civilian helicopter market. reuters.com/article/us-us…
Today I learned of a 1972 CIA project to wiretap enemy phone lines deep within North Vietnam. The helicopter used in the operation, developed at Area 51, was the quietest ever built. In the dead of night, its pilots flew 100-200 feet above North Vietnamese farmers and anti-aircraft guns without being detected. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
When Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed, the first helicopter on scene that evening reported no signs of life so rescuers decided to pause and continue the next morning. Many initial survivors slowly died through the night from shock and exposure, leaving 4 survivors out of 524 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jap…
Elton John once bought a tram while on a 3-day cocaine binge. He had the vehicle shipped from Australia, and two Chinook helicopters were needed to deliver it to his house. dailystar.co.uk/showbiz/e…
For his PhD thesis, Ilya Bobvroskiy took a helicopter to a remote Russian bear infested ravine, rappelled down. Found fossils from the edicarian, & analysed cholesterol preserved in the ancient rocks. Science named his work amongst the top 10 breakthroughs of 2018. reporter.anu.edu.au/holy-…
Helicopter rotor blades spin at a fairly constant speed and only gain lift by altering the angle of the blades. The centrifugal force is too much to attempt to alter the blade RPM enough to generate lift. phs.com.au/how-does-it-fl…
Siberian Tigers have been known to climb trees to swat at helicopters samryan.net/book/the-tige…
The ÞrΓ­drangaviti Lighthouse in Iceland was built on a 30 meter pillar in the sea before helicopters existed. Mountaineers had to scale the pillar carrying their tools and even resorted to standing on each other’s backs and shoulders to reach the top. random-times.com/2020/05/…
The Mars 2020 rover will have a solar powered helicopter rover buddy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1994 Microsoft's Bill Gates, whose fortune is estimated at nearly $7 billion, bought out all the available rooms at the 250-room hotel to keep media from staying there and reportedly hired all the helicopters on Maui to keep photographers from flying over the wedding. archive.seattletimes.com/…
Officials in Athens, Greece conducted helicopter & satellite audits to determine less than 0.02% of residents claimed their pools to avoid paying taxes. Greeks consider not paying tax to be β€˜Patriotic’, a nod to a time when they were ruled by the Ottoman Turks, almost 200 years ago. thestar.com/news/world/20…
Cal Fires fleet of air craft has more than 50 planes and helicopters making it the largest department-owned fleet of aerial firefighting equipment in the world graphics.reuters.com/CALI…
In 2007, Navy SEAL Mike Day was shot 27 times by four Al Qaeda gunmen and hit by grenade shrapnel, but he killed all four of the gunmen and walked out to the extraction helicopter. He recovered and is living with his wife and daughters. www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2…
A helicopter pilot flew to 40820 feet, setting a world record for the highest altitude reached by a helicopter. However, when he started to descend, the engine failed, but he safely landed the helicopter with absolutely no power - a world record for the highest unpowered descent by a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
Today I learned of the smallest aircraft carrier, the Baylander, a 38-m-long US ship used for training helicopter landing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bay…
Today I learned of the Mountjoy prison escape in Ireland where three IRA men escaped the prison in a hijacked helicopter rte.ie/archives/2013/1030…
Two 16-yr-old Canadian snowboarders went missing near a B.C. ski resort. A helicopter found them with only a bit of frostnip to their hands ; they had managed to build a shelter and make a fire fueled in part by homework one of the teens had in his backpack. cbc.ca/news/canada/britis…
Helicopters are 85 times as dangerous as cars comparing time traveled fullfact.org/news/how-dan…
While a rarity, there are many reported instances of helicopters being used throughout the Second World War (mainly being used in a reconnaissance and rescue capacity) Nazi Germany had even developed a copter as far back 1936, in the form of the Focke-Wulf Fw 61. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Rolls Royce makes engines for the Apache helicopter. On a standard day, the Apache has vertical climb rate of 1,775 feet per minute, a ceiling of 21,000 feet & can reach speeds of 182 MPH or 293 KM/H. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boe…
The United States has 20 aircraft/helicopter carrier ships; the rest of the world combined has 24 globalfirepower.com/navy-…
The Hiller YH-32 Hornet was an experimental helicopter powered by two little ramjet engines attached to the tips of the rotor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
If ripening cherries are not dried after it rains, they will soak up the water, split, and can't be picked and sold. Helicopters slowly maneuver 5 feet over the trees. The intense rotor wash blasts the water off the cherries! (this is part of the reason cherries are expensive) youtu.be/6mmA_nZXbeQ?t=21…
Sean Bean is so afraid of flying that while filming The Fellowship of the Ring, he chose to hike across the countryside rather than take a helicopter history.co.uk/shows/sean-…
Eric Clapton had to identify Stevie Ray Vaughan's body at the morgue after his fatal helicopter crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
The longest car in the world was 100 feet long, had 26 wheels, a jacuzzi, diving board, king-sized water bed, and a helicopter landing pad, and was called the β€˜American Dream’. motor1.com/news/75965/the…

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