THE BEST Helicopters

Slow-mo Helicopter Blade POV

Slow-mo Helicopter Blade POV

We already know that the view from a helicopter’s spinning rotor can be incredibly dizzying. That’s why we’re happy that Chuck Aaron Aerobatics recorded this blade spin POV at 240 fps, then slowed it to 30 fps, giving us a more digestible look at what a helicopter blade sees as it takes to the skies.

Flying Flywheels

Flying Flywheels

When we were kids, we had one of those wind-up toys that launched a flying propellor into the air. Aerospace engineer Tom Stanton wanted to see what he could do if he ramped up the energy by spinning up a larger (and more dangerous) version of the propellor flywheel using a motor.

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GoPro VR: B.C. Helicopter Flight

GoPro VR: B.C. Helicopter Flight

Take a soothing 360º flight through the snowy and scenic mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Helicopter pilot Bradley Friesen and videographer Devin Olsen captured more than 50 minutes of their flight using a GoPro MAX action camera. It’s even more immersive if you’ve got a VR headset to watch it on.

How to Fly a Helicopter

How to Fly a Helicopter

This short video from Pilot Yellow provides an incredibly concise and easy to understand explanation of the basics of helicopter flight, using a small Guimbal Cabri G2 chopper to demonstrate. While it doesn’t go into the complexities of weather or flight safety, it’s a great primer on what all of those controls do.

Upside-down over NYC

Upside-down over NYC

We always though helicopters weren’t designed to fly upside-down, but Red Bull Air Force pilot Aaron Fitzgerald proved that wrong as he performed a variety of insane helicopter flips, barrel rolls, and nosedives over the Big Apple.

Giant LEGO Helicopter

Giant LEGO Helicopter

LEGO fan and maker Adam Woodworth has supersized yet another model. This time he took the basic LEGO helicopter from the International Jetport kit and made a gigantic version that actually can fly. He had to use foam instead of plastic bricks to pull off such magic.

M:I Fallout Helicopter Stunt BTS

M:I Fallout Helicopter Stunt BTS

Say what you will about Tom Cruise, but one thing you can’t say is that he isn’t dedicated to his craft. Not only did Cruise learn to fly a helicopter for Mission Impossible: Fallout, he performed solo flying stunts, while acting his part, and operating on-board cameras.

Giant R/C Helicopter 2

Giant R/C Helicopter 2

This isn’t the first time we’ve encountered a huge R/C helicopter, but watching these mechanical marvels fly around never gets old, so here’s another for your enjoyment. Pilot Francis Paduwat shows off his 1/4-scale, 90″ long EC-120 from Vario Helicopter.

Workhorse SureFly

Workhorse SureFly

Designed to carry two passengers up to a height of 4000 feet at speeds up to 70 mph, this gas/electric hybrid quadcopter is small enough to fit in your driveway, thanks to its folding blade arms. It’s made primarily from carbon fiber, and weighs just 1,100 pounds.

I Come in Peace, Wherever This Is

I Come in Peace, Wherever This Is

We’ve seen a firefighter’s helicopter visit a civilian because it needed water. On the other hand, this military helicopter that was caught in a snowstorm needed something far simpler – directions. Now that’s a story for the truck stop.

World’s Biggest RC Helicopter

World’s Biggest RC Helicopter

This scale model of an EC-135 ADAC Notarzt Christoph 33 helicopter is so ridiculously huge that it might as well be the real thing. It weighs in at about 108 pounds, has an 11.5 foot rotor diameter, and gets its lift from a turbine engine. Skip to 3:45 to watch it take off.

Insane R/C Copter Skills 3

Insane R/C Copter Skills 3

R/C chopper pilot Alan Szabo Jr. proves that Tareq Alsaadi isn’t the only one who knows how to do crazy tricks with his helicopter. Watch Alan make his ALIGN Trex 800E DFC zip around like a flying Tasmanian devil. That lawnmower bit at the end, whoa.

Helicopter Blade POV

Helicopter Blade POV

(LOUD) We’ll say this once. If you get motion sickness, DO NOT hit play. But for the rest of us, this dizzying video shot from the perspective of the rotating blade of a Russian Mi-8 helicopter is pretty neat. We’d love to see the same thing in slow-motion.

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Joby S2 Personal VTOL Aircraft

Joby S2 Personal VTOL Aircraft

Joby Aviation’s two-seat fixed-wing flyer has 12 propellers to help it take off and land like a helicopter, but can stow eight of them and flip the other four to turn it into a conventional airplane while cruising. It uses electric motors to fly at speeds up to 200 mph.

Helicopter Ceiling Fan 2

Helicopter Ceiling Fan 2

We saw a ceiling fan that looked like a chopper a while back, but we’ve never seen one in action. The Big Ass Fan above isn’t actually attached to this helicopter, but the working tail rotor on this one really completes the effect. (Thanks Frenk!)

Helicopter vs. Drift Car

Helicopter vs. Drift Car

Daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s latest stunt has him behind the controls of an aerobatic helicopter, hovering dangerously close to drift racer Jakub Przygoński and his 1000hp Toyota GT 86, playing a game of vehicular cat and mouse.

Flying Cow

Flying Cow

Well here’s something you don’t see every day. In order to save a cow stuck at the top of a mountain with a bad hoof, a crew lifted the animal out via helicopter. We love how the cow is so nonchalant. Like, hey, this is a pretty cool view, man.

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

US Navy Autonomous Helicopter

The military version of Amazon Prime Air. The Autonomous Aerial Cargo/Utility System is a US Navy program that aims to convert helicopters into drones, which can the be summoned for supply drops via a user-friendly mobile app.

Police Chopper vs. Laser Prankster

Police Chopper vs. Laser Prankster

The West Midlands Police shows why you should never aim a laser pointer at an aircraft. First of all, it can distract or even temporarily blind the pilot. Second, you’re literally pointing out exactly where you are.

Hydrogen Peroxide Helicopter

Hydrogen Peroxide Helicopter

This one-man helicopter is powered by hydrogen peroxide gas rockets attached to the tips of its rotors. While we’re guessing it’s not the safest aircraft ever made, we’re duly impressed that it gets off the ground at all.

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Rally Helicopter Skills

Rally Helicopter Skills

Helicopter fly-overs provide one of the coolest perspectives on rally races. In this clip, the chopper pilot demonstrates his impressive flying abilities, keeping up with every move of the drivers below. More footage here.

Insane R/C Copter Skills 2

Insane R/C Copter Skills 2

YouTuber Tareq Alsaadi demonstrates his upgraded Goblin 770 RC helicopter by showing off his piloting skills. Watch as he makes his toy look like something from The Exorcist. Or Key & Peele‘s excitable valets.

Extreme Helicopter Aerobatics

Extreme Helicopter Aerobatics

While we prefer that helicopters we fly in remain upright, Red Bull helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron demonstrates some of the stomach-churning maneuvers you can pull off in a chopper if you really know what you’re doing.

R/C Helicopters Lift Woman

R/C Helicopters Lift Woman

We had no idea that R/C helicopters could be so powerful, but in this video from HeliGraphix, they appear to have lifted a woman off the ground using two heavy-duty remote-controlled helis. Watch them pull a boat, with passengers, here.

Giant R/C Helicopter

Giant R/C Helicopter

We’ve seen huge remote-controlled jet airplanes, so it’s time to give a helicopter the spotlight for a few minutes. Josef Schmirl’s incredibly-detailed R/C chopper sounds like a real helicopter as it buzzes by, and even has a tiny crew inside it.

Helicopter Harvests Xmas Trees

Helicopter Harvests Xmas Trees

YouTuber Dan Clark pilots a helicopter to harvest Christmas trees at the Noble Mountain Tree Farm in Oregon. It seems like the trees were already uprooted and bundled before he picked them up. Here’s a POV video of the task.

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