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…
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…
All US Army Helicopters are named after Indigenous North American Tribes defense.gov/Explore/Insid…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
The Mars 2020 rover will have a solar powered helicopter rover buddy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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-…
Eric Clapton had to identify Stevie Ray Vaughan's body at the morgue after his fatal helicopter crash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
British Airways used to have a fleet of Chinook Helicopters. One was involved in Europe's most deadly helicopter crash in 1986. airfactsjournal.com/2020/…
The helicopter used during the US operation that killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011 that crashed was a stealth helicopter that was never known to publicly exist before bbc.com/news/world-us-can…
Kobe Bryant and Paulo Coelho were co-authoring a Children's Book. When Bryant Died in a Helicopter Crash, Coelho Deleted the Entire Unfinished Draft hollywoodreporter.com/new…
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…
Australia aren't the only nation to go to war with an invasive species. Ecuador fought a war with 200000 goats, using helicopter borne marksmen and insurgent goats. nationalgeographic.com/cu…
To rescue a Royal Marine behind enemy lines, 4 Commandos strapped themselves to the outside of apache helicopters, enabling them to rush in and bring the Royal Marine back. youtube.com/watch?v=r8gXy…
After the first major photography satellite launched, an island was discovered near Canada. On arrival, one scientist was almost attacked by a polar bear as he was lowered from a helicopter. They wanted to call it 'Polar Island', but instead it was named after the satellite that discovered it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The United States has 20 aircraft/helicopter carrier ships; the rest of the world combined has 24 globalfirepower.com/navy-…
In the last days of the war, South Vietnamese major Buang-Ly on a stolen plane with his family (wife and 2 children) dropped a note on USS Midway pleading to allow him to land. Comd. Chambers gave orders to push overboard millions of dollars' worth of helicopters to make room for landing. historynet.com/maj-buang-…
Helicopter downwash is used to shake the water off of cherries after rain so they do not swell and split before harvest. blog.aopa.org/aopa/tag/ch…
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/…
I learned that after the first few feet it's dangerous to fly vertically in a helicopter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
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…
Actor Vic Morrow was decapitated by a helicopter on the set of the Twilight Zone movie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
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…
Helicopters are 85 times as dangerous as cars comparing time traveled fullfact.org/news/how-dan…
The 1st WTC attack resulted in 28 people being rescued from the roof with helicopters. 911memorial.org/connect/b…
Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Leigh Morrow, daughter of actor Vic Morrow who was decapitated by a helicopter while filming Twilight Zone: The Movie en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jen…
In 1974, a trainee who failed to become a US Army pilot stole a helicopter and buzzed around Washington DC to demonstrate his skills. He intended to personally surrender to President Nixon, and landed on the South Lawn en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Subaru Corporation used to be called Nakajima Aircraft Company. They started out making military aircraft during WWII and eventually designed and produced Apache (AH64-D) Attack Helicopters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nak…
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…
Rocket Lab successfully tested their ability to catch a rocket falling back to Earth after launch. Completed in April 2020, the test involved the used rocket, a parachute, a helicopter, and a grappling device on a cable. youtube.com/watch?v=N3CWG…
Because of the subject of mutiny, 'Crimson Tide' did not receive support from the US Navy but still managed to get actual footage of The USS Alabama. They filmed it when Tony Scott got a tip as to when the Alabama was shipping out and followed it with a yacht and a helicopter for 8 miles. ew.com/article/1995/05/26…
FARC got tricked into giving up their most high profile hostage and 14 others. The Colombian army made up a NGO which would transfer captives by helicopter. Once aboard the chopper, the soldiers revealed the ruse and arrested the militants, freeing all hostages. Not a single shot was fired. theguardian.com/world/200…
In 1973 the Irish Republican Army (IRA) hijacked a helicopter, flew to Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, landed in the exercise yard and helped three volunteers escape. It was dubbed 'the escape of the century' and made headlines around the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mou…
The double-edged sword used by Thanos in Endgame was inspired by the ThanosCopter; a bright yellow helicopter with THANOS written on the tail that he piloted in early comics. webbedmedia.com/2019/05/0…
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…
Today I learned about RΓ©doine FaΓ―d, France's most wanted criminal in 2013. A gangster and serial jailbreaker, one of his prison escapes involved hijacking a helicopter with the help of three armed accomplices. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C…
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-…
The likely origin of the CIA and black helicopters came from when they modified an OH-6, dubbed the "Quiet One," to be ultra quiet for the Vinh Wiretap operation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Stephen Wiltshire, an autistic British artist who can draw a landscape from memory after seeing it just once. He can draw entire cities from memory, after just a single, short, helicopter ride. When he drew Rome, he drew the exact number of columns in the Pantheon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
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…
In 1973, a Marine pilot took a base helicopter and three crew members without permission to assist New Orleans police officers in fighting a mass shooter atop a downtown building. His actions saved countless lives, and he retired as a Lt General in 1990. nola.com/news/crime_polic…
John Landis, director of movies like Beverly Hills Cop III and coming to America, was found not guilty of manslaughter, after an actor and two children were decapitated by a falling helicopter during the filming of the Twilight Zone movie. history.com/this-day-in-h…
On July 23, 1982, a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter crashed at Santa Clarita, California, during the making of Twilight Zone: The Movie. The crash killed three people on the ground: actor Vic Morrow and two child actors while injuring the six helicopter passengers. wikipedia.org/wiki/Twilig…
At his show's peak Kelsey Grammer insisting on being transported by helicopter from his Malibu home to the Frasier set because the traffic was simply intolerable. independent.co.uk/news/pe…
Michel Vaujour a French convict jailed in 1986 for attempted murder and armed robbery "forced his way onto the prison's roof by wielding nectarines that were painted to look like grenades." His wife then picked him up in a helicopter and whisked him away. edition.cnn.com/2015/06/0…
Today I learned of Agafia Lykova (75 yr, F) who was born in woods in "Old Believers" family, that has lieved in extreme isolation from the rest of society since 1930`s. She was discovered by chance by team of geologists only in 1978, while circling the area in a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aga…
During the Korean War, English-born John Koelsch was the first helicopter pilot awarded the Medal of Honor (posthumously) for volunteering to rescue a downed Marine without a fighter escort. He, his crew, and the pilot were all captured, yet Koelsch never broke despite dying in captivity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The word helicopter doesn't come from heli+copter but helico+pter from the Greek helico meaning spiral and pteron meaning wing vocabulary.com/dictionary…
In 1982, 22 British Royal Marines fought an Argentine invasion force attempting to capture a remote British colony. Before being captured, they shot down a helicopter, damaged a corvette class warship, killed 3 and wounded 9. Only 1 Royal Marine was wounded in the battle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inv…
In 2016 a group of British children directed a police helicopter to the location of suspect by laying down and forming an arrow. cnn.com/2016/04/03/europe…
Today I learned of Didier Delsalle who is the only person to have landed a helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Did…
In 1975, Joel Kaplan escaped from a prison in Mexico without breaking a single law. He didn't bribe or assault the guards since they were on a break, the helicopter and plane used in his breakout were bought legally, his flight followed FAA guidelines, and he entered the US with his real name. time.com/3912533/jail-bre…
A helicopter taxi to Monaco can be cheaper than a normal road taxi. adventuresallaround.com/m…
, in the next to the last scene in the 1980's Blues Brothers film, the production used 500 extras, including 200 National Guardsmen, 100 state and city police officers, with 15 horses for the mounted police (and three each Sherman tanks, helicopters, and fire engines). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Helicopter money is a proposed unconventional monetary policy, sometimes suggested as an alternative to quantitative easing (QE) when the economy is in a liquidity trap (when interest rates near zero and the economy remains in recession) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Dana Carvey was in a show about a helicopter called Blue Thunder before he ever became famous for his characters on SNL en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
In the 1970s Winnebago offered a helicopter motorhome. The sale price was $300k or a weekly rental of $10k plus pilot and fuel. It came complete with sleeping for 6, full galley, bathroom, and color TV. Optional floats allowed landing on lakes. airspacemag.com/history-o…
I learned of an autorotation, a maneuver to stop a falling helicopter during engine failure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Van Lierde claims that in 1959 he encountered a giant snake in the Katanga region of the Belgian Congo while returning from a mission by helicopter.He describes the snake as being close to 50 feet in length, snake's head was 3 feet long and 2 feet wide, and that the jaws were of a triangular. wikipedia.org/wiki/Remy_V…
When helicopters kick up sand while they are spinning blades, the sand creates a static discharge from the friction of the rotor blades spinning. This generates a bright light surrounding the blades as they spin. youtu.be/ny2ueQEmkEk
The Mi-26 (Halo) is the world's largest helicopter to have gone into series production. It is over 26 feet in height, 131 feet in length, and its 8 rotors are nearly 50 feet long. It can hold 90 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
Today I learned about actor Vic Morrow who was killed, along with child actors Renee Chen and Myca Dinh Le, by a falling helicopter during filming of The Twilight Zone. slate.com/culture/2012/07…
US soldiers in Vietnam saw 6x more combat than US soldiers in previous wars, because helicopter deliveries drastically cut downtime spent waiting for supplies en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Helicopter fire fighters (Aerial firefighter) can fill their buckets from local swimming pools. This is helpful when fighting wild fire and there are no lakes nearby. Happens mostly in California. huffpost.com/entry/helico…
In 1977, the Pan Am Building (now the MetLife Building) in Midtown Manhattan offered a helicopter shuttle service to the airport. The helipad and service were discontinued permanently after a helicopter overturned atop the building, slashing four awaiting passengers to death. nydailynews.com/new-york/…
On August 26, 1990, Stevie Ray Vaughn described a disturbing dream to his band mates in which he witnessed his own funeral. The next day, he tragically died in a helicopter crash. guitarworld.com/artists/a…
The word Helicopter does not consist of "Heli" and "Copter", but from the greek words "Helix" and "Pteron", which mean spiral and wing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
7 year old Stella Berndtsson drowned in icy water Dec 23 2010. Her body was found after 3Β½ hours by a rescue helicopter and was taken to hospital. Her body temperature was 13Β°C/55.4Β°F. Despite this the doctors succeeded in saving Stella by warming her slowly. Stella made a remarkable recovery msn.com/en-gb/news/other/…
Germany used helicopters in WWII en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foc…
Phil Collins was the only artist to perform at both Live Aid 1985 benefit concerts. He played at Live Aid Wembley, went by helicopter to Heathrow, flew to New York on the Concorde, then another helicopter to Live Aid Philadelphia. ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
A Helicopter has landed on Mt Everest Summit. youtube.com/watch?v=WXNXS…
In 2007, after their Kiowa helicopter was shot down in Iraq, two pilots were rescued when they strapped their bodies to the exterior of an Apache AH-64 helicopter and were flown out of the combat zone. denverpost.com/2007/07/03…
Today I learned Jennifer Jason Leigh's father was an actor who was killed, along with two child actors, in a horrific helicopter accident while filming a Twilight Zone episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twi…
One of Sikorsky's, the helicopter pioneer, early financial backers was the composer Rachmaninoff who gave him 5K in 1923. Sikorsky made him a VP of the company and paid him back in 1929 sikorskyarchives.com/Igor…
Many bears in Russia are addicted to sniffing gasoline from abandoned barrels. Some are so addicted, they stalk helicopters to sniff the drops of fuel they leave behind. aviationbusinessme.com/av…
A helicopter tried to makeshift rescue a woman from a plane crash into a freezing Potomac river using a life preserver, but she was in shock and kept slipping back into the river. Surrounded by firefighters who stood and watched her about to drown, an ordinary citizen jumped in and rescued her youtube.com/watch?v=eXSQ9…
In 1982 the British navy mistook three whales for enemy submarines in the Falkland War and killed them with torpedos and an attack helicopter news.com.au/world/british…
Violinist Lili Haydn was allowed to choose her own name as a child, and for a time was known as 'Helicopter' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil…
After 2 US officers who'd been pruning a tree were murdered by N Koreans, the US dispatched a 813 man force, including: 27 helicopters; F-4 Phantom II, F-5, and F-86 fighters; F-111 & B-52s; plus an aircraft carrier offshore. It got pruned, and a General had a swagger stick carved from wood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
Foo Fighters were asked to play with Mick Jagger on SNL the same night they had a sold out show in New Jersey. Instead of canceling on Saturday Night Live or their show, they rehearsed with Jagger, took a helicopter to Jersey, played their show, then flew back to NYC and played SNL. youtu.be/xQLRqQ__kiI?t=3m…
The first primitive military helicopters were designed and built by the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
In 1974, Army PFC Robert K. Preston stole a Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopter from Fort Meade, Maryland and landed it on the South Lawn of the White House in a major breach of security. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
The inspiration for creating SimCity came when its creator Will Wright was developing a helicopter shoot'em up and found that he enjoyed messing around with the tool that creates the landscape maps more than the game itself! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim…
In the 1990s, the Galapagos Conservancy launched Project Isabela, an all out war against 250,000 goats in the Galapagos Islands to save the dwindling population of Galapagos tortoises, and involved snipers picking goats off from helicopters. It ended up restoring the population of the tortoises. allthatsinteresting.com/p…
Today I learned about Helicopter Tree Sawing, where a giant chainsaw is suspended from a helicopter and used to trim wide swaths of foliage growing too close to powerlines youtu.be/Pla06PO6Odk
Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's former wife, was the first member of Britain’s Royal Family to gain a private helicopter pilot’s license. Other members of the family, Prince Andrew, have learned to fly helicopters during military service latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Miriam Margolyes' [Professor Sprout] flat-roofed coastal cottage was rented by a helicopter drugs gang as one of a network of drop-off points for over 1,100lb/Β£17 million wholesale Class A drugs. bbc.com/news/uk-england-m…
Winnebago made a Flying Motorhome helicopter in the 1970's. They only made 8 of them, and they are all gone now. youtube.com/watch?v=MJRlQ…
The "Heli-Torch" is a "specially equipped" helicopter "that sprays flames onto tinder below. The idea is to destroy dry vegetation in areas firefighters have trouble reaching, thus hindering the wildfire's expansion." citylab.com/environment/2…
Boris Sagal, who died by walking into a helicopter blade while filming a miniseries, is Katey Sagal’s (Turanga Leela on Futurama) father. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bor…
The Boston Museum of Science pulled a publicity stunt July 4, 1984 to promote their new dinosaur exhibit by carrying a 34 foot, 1,000 lbs., brontosaurus replica through downtown Boston by helicopter. boston.com/culture/lifest…
While filming for the Lord of the Rings, Sean Bean once climbed a mountain for two hours alone to reach a set location because he did not want to take a helicopter up like everyone else. youtube.com/watch?v=EXNqg…
The highest absolute altitude ever achieved by a helicopter (12,440 m) resulted in the engines experiencing a flameout at peak altitude. The pilot then set the record for the longest autorotation used for the unpowered landing of a helicopter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AΓ©r…
The word helicopter is not split up into "heli" and "copter" but rather split into "helico" meaning spiral and "-pter" meaning one with wings youtu.be/hMBd_s6a7e0?t=98
Eugene, Oregon has the highest pollen count in the US. When the Olympic Trials were held there in 1972 a contestant in the 1,500 meter race was flown in by helicopter due to allergies and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…

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