Helicopters

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.

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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

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. Here’s another view from the chopper in flight.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Volocopter VC200

Volocopter VC200

A marvel of modern engineering, E-volo’s electric helicopter uses 18 rotors to lift its passenger compartment off the ground. It’s designed to lift two occupants for about 20 minutes on a charge. Significantly refined since its early prototype.

Hex Nanocopter

Hex Nanocopter

Hex is just like a tiny RC car, except it flies. It’s cheap, it’s easy to control and it’s easy to customize. It uses 3D printed shells with different shapes, sizes and number of propellers. It can also be fitted with a camera.

Helicopter Drop Test

Helicopter Drop Test

NASA recently conducted a series of tests in which a helicopter fuselage was dropped from about 30 feet to help improve safety in crash landings. Frankly, it looks like kind of a fun ride. Or maybe a quick way down from a treehouse.

Saving Pool

Saving Pool

A couple of years ago YouTuber João Guimarães woke up to the sounds of a firefighting helicopter. The firefighters borrowed some water from his swimming pool to put out a nearby fire. The pilot’s maneuvering skills are amazing.

Garden Defense Helicopter

Garden Defense Helicopter

(NSFW: Language) We like to keep a cool head, but some pesky garden bugs could really use some termination with extreme prejudice. Like many awesome gadgets however, the tiny but mean UH-60 is obviously too good to be true.

ZEROº Helicopter Concept

ZEROº Helicopter Concept

A one-seater helicopter designed for zipping over rush hour traffic. We’re not certain about the airworthiness of Héctor del Amo’s chopper design, but we’re all over the concept, and hope to see something like it produced at some point.

Insane R/C Copter Skills

Insane R/C Copter Skills

R/C pilot Bert Kammerer takes the lessons we learned from this helicopter flying video to a whole ‘nother level, flipping and twirling his chopper thorough a seemingly physics-defying flight. Bert, will you please come mow our lawn?

Helicopter Driving

Helicopter Driving

For a brief moment, we were convinced this POV video was shot from a truck’s dashcam, but the unmistakeable sound of the rotor quickly reveals that we’re flying inside of a helicopter.

LEGO Air Crane Helicopter

LEGO Air Crane Helicopter

It may not be made of as many bricks as his other famous creations, but Ryan “BrickMan” McNaught’s 100,000 brick, 13-foot-long replica of the Erickson S-64 “Elvis” air crane is still a sight to behold.

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