Sikorsky's S-97 "Raider" Pusher Prop Chopper Takes Its first Flight

Sikorsky’s exotic S-97 coaxial rotor and pusher-prop scout and light attack helicopter took to the air for the first time Friday. Although the marketability of the S-97, a descendant of the X-2 and X-49 demonstrators, to the US Army is now in doubt, Sikorsky is betting hugely on the concept for its future. » 5/23/15 4:33pm 5/23/15 4:33pm

Watch These Marine UH-1Y Super Hueys Pulverize A Fake Town

It’s the USMC’s most versatile chopper, performing medevac missions one moment and down and dirty close air support the next. After more than 50 years, the UH-1 Huey is still going strong in the USMC, and it has never been more versatile or deadly than in its current UH-1Y “Venom” form. Here’s video proof. » 4/08/15 8:10pm 4/08/15 8:10pm

This Is A Plane That's Refueling A Helicopter That's Carrying A Hummer

They say logistics wins wars. If that is the case the USMC is pretty tough force to beat. This photo shows a CH-53E Super Stallion sling loading a HUMVEE while aerial refueling from a KC-130T Hercules during a recent Weapons Tactics Instructor exercise out of MCAS Yuma, Arizona. » 4/06/15 4:20pm 4/06/15 4:20pm

Boeing's Big Attack Chopper In A Tiny Package Is Heading To Saudi Arabia

Some designs are just too good to die. The Hughes 369, or the OH-6 Cayuse when in uniform, is one of them. After 50 years of production, the “Little Bird” as it is known in Spec Ops circles, has reached a new level of capability with the AH-6i, which may soon get its baptism by fire at the hands of Saudi pilots in the… » 4/02/15 8:18pm 4/02/15 8:18pm

Watch These Kiwi Helicopter Pilots Mock Fighter Jocks

The Royal New Zealand Air Force hasn't had any fighters in its stable since the turn of the millennium when their beloved A-4Ks were mothballed without replacement (some are now flying with Draken International), but their chopper pilots couldn't give up the chance to poke fun at fighter pilot culture in this classic… » 3/22/15 2:03pm 3/22/15 2:03pm

This Secret USCG Program Saw Exotic Armed Choppers Take On Fast Boats

In the late 1990s the US Coast Guard was constantly being outrun by cartels 'go-fast' drug smuggling boats. Enter a secret program dubbed "New Frontier" that saw the use of a new breed of helicopters and interceptor boats, launched from cutters far out at sea, that aimed to fight the enemy's speed with even greater… » 3/14/15 1:03pm 3/14/15 1:03pm

Navy Wants To Shutter Its Only Two Special Operations Chopper Squadrons

Even some military aficionados would be surprised to know that the Navy has dedicated special operations helicopters squadrons. The Air Force's Pave Hawk and Osprey communities and the Army's notorious Night Stalkers take up much of the limelight. But now, the Navy's two reclusive squadrons are set to stand down due… » 3/09/15 7:32pm 3/09/15 7:32pm

Sikorsky's Exotic S-97 Raider Spins Its Rotors For The First Time

Sikorsky's S-97 Raider spun its rotors and pusher propeller for the first time today. Although the innovative light attack and scout chopper does not have a customer yet, its technology aims to replace the vast majority of the Army's helicopter fleet while offering double the speed and greater range. » 2/05/15 1:47pm 2/05/15 1:47pm

Watch This Semi-Submerged CH-47 Gobble Up A Boat Full Of Special Forces

It's one of the most dynamic extraction and infiltration techniques in the Special Operations community. Known unofficially as the "Delta Queen" maneuver, a massive twin-rotor Chinook lowers its empennage into the water, drops the ramp, and a team of special forces in their rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) "beaches"… » 2/04/15 8:05pm 2/04/15 8:05pm

Watch This Massive CH-53 Sea Stallion Chopper Do Loops And Rolls

Helicopter performance can be very deceiving. Large, fat and ungainly choppers can also be super-fast and highly maneuverable, even compared to their streamlined little cousins. The Sikorsky H-53 exemplifies this this truth with its massive six bladed rotor and large four bladed tail rotor. The video below shows the… » 2/01/15 1:06pm 2/01/15 1:06pm

Loading An AH-64 Apache's 30MM Cannon Can Be A Pain In The Ass!

Arming and Refueling Points are places where combat aircraft can get gassed up and reloaded with weaponry, without shutting down. This allows them to get back into the fight fast with a low chance of breaking during restart. Like a pit crew but with high explosives. Here we see that rapidly loading the Apache's M230… » 11/22/14 4:32pm 11/22/14 4:32pm

National Guard Blackhawk Makes Rogue Candy Raid On Halloween Party

After an evening training run, an Arizona National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk arrived overhead a Halloween party for what has to be the most spectacular trick or treat ever. It came to a quick hover and dropped at least five packages of candy down to the kids below. Neighbors were stunned, and the pilots are now in a… » 11/04/14 5:47pm 11/04/14 5:47pm

Iraq's First Mi-28 'Havoc' Attack Chopper Has Taken To The Air

Iraq's first Mi-28 Havoc 'Night Hunter' attack chopper has taken flight in Iraq. These are some of the most heavily armed and capable attack helicopters in the world. Three were delivered alongside four new Mi-35 'Hind' attack helicopters from Russia as part of an expedited order placed to help fight the spread of… » 9/13/14 4:58pm 9/13/14 4:58pm