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A Mi-28 Spun Out And Crashed During A Russian Air Show

An Mi-28N “Havoc” attack helicopter from Russia’s Golden Eagles aerobatic display team lost control during one of the team’s signature maneuvers and came spinning to the ground. Amazingly, one of the helicopter’s two crewman escaped the wreckage largely unscathed, while the other was killed. » 8/02/15 4:21pm 8/02/15 4:21pm

OH-58D Kiowa Warriors Bow Out Of Fort Drum In Spectacular Fashion

The end of the Kiowa in U.S. Army service is drawing near. The 10th Mountain Division’s 6th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, a longtime user of the scout chopper, began their goodbye to their OH-58 force by flying a mass launch of all 30 of their aircraft at once on July 27th. … » 7/30/15 2:17pm 7/30/15 2:17pm

Israel Gave Jordan 16 Cobra Attack Helicopters To Repel ISIS 

There has been increasing talk about how the growing Islamic State could one day put Israel in its crosshairs. It is becoming more of an issue within the Mossad, and these worries are transforming into policy. Case in point: Israel gifted 16 AH-1 Cobra helicopter gunships to Jordan in an attempt forestall ISIS’… » 7/25/15 2:13pm 7/25/15 2:13pm

The Bell 525 Helicopter Cabin Looks Like A Throne Room From Star Wars

Bell’s 525 “Relentless” super-medium class twin turbine helicopter is attempting to set the bar for technology, capability and if you have the big BIG bucks, luxury. Gone is the traditional narrow fuselage, in its place is a wide and voluminous cabin for designers to play with. Case in point, this unbelievable concept… » 6/19/15 6:41pm 6/19/15 6:41pm

30 Fascinating Photos Of HMX-1's Ospreys Working For The White House

Everyone knows of Marine One, the green and white helicopters that the President flies on, but few people realize the White House vertical airlift mission is so much larger than that. The backbone of this force is a fleet of green painted MV-22 Ospreys that flies the Press Pool, White House Staff, Secret Service and… » 6/13/15 5:06pm 6/13/15 5:06pm

Watch The Razorbacks And Their Apaches Tear Up The Sky Around Hawaii 

Last year, the U.S. Army’s Razorbacks were the first AH-64 Apache unit to participate in the Pentagon’s gigantic Rim of the Pacific exercise (RIMPAC) on and around the Hawaiian Islands. This included embarking aboard USS Peleliu (LHA-5) along with their USMC counterparts. The Razorbacks arrival also marked the first… » 6/09/15 3:52pm 6/09/15 3:52pm

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

Watch This IAF Black Hawk Muscle Its Way Vertically Out Of A Deep Canyon

This Israeli Air Force UH-60L Black Hawk made an awesome rescue of a injured hiker stuck in very steep terrain in the Judean Desert. After landing on a crazy steep grade and tending to the hiker, the crew executed an impressive, nearly vertical climb out of the deep canyon. » 2/07/15 5:31pm 2/07/15 5:31pm

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