Army Black Hawk Disappears Off The Florida Panhandle, 11 Missing

Around 8:30PM last night a Black Hawk (UH-60) helicopter went missing around Eglin AFB, located on the Florida Panhandle. Four Army crew and seven Marines were said to be missing. The UH-60 was part of a flight of two, with the other returning safely to base under foggy conditions. There remains an ongoing search and… » 3/11/15 9:11am 3/11/15 9:11am

Helicopters And A Bizarre Race-Against-Time Extinction Case

This is a bit complicated to explain in just a few sentences, but there's a race against time going on in South Georgia, and helicopters are playing a key role. » 12/17/14 8:35pm 12/17/14 8:35pm

This Trusty U.S. Chopper Is Heading Home After a Decade of War

"We fly like nobody else in the Army," Col. Michael Musiol, commander of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, recently told Stars and Stripes. He's right. The OH-58 Kiowa family of helicopters has been serving on the front lines—both as an advanced scout and emergency evacuator—for nearly 50 years. But as its tenure in… » 12/03/14 2:30pm 12/03/14 2:30pm

Horror Video Shows Helicopter Explode After It Gets Hit By A Firetruck

A firetruck somehow crashed into a helicopter in Santiago, Chile today, splitting the chopper in two and sending it into an out-of-control spin until it exploded. » 12/01/14 3:30pm 12/01/14 3:30pm

The 270 MPH Sikorsky S-97 Raider Is The Batmobile Of The Skies

Helicopters are great and all, but they've got one serious flaw. They're slow as hell, and that makes them easy to shoot down. So welcome the latest attempt at fixing that problem, the Sikorsky S-97 Raider. And it's sleek and black and mean and it goes like a bat. A very angry bat. » 10/02/14 12:26pm 10/02/14 12:26pm

The Stealthy Chopper That Sneaks Special Forces Behind Enemy Lines

Blackhawks and Apaches may be the poster-choppers of America's Special Forces but much of the heavy lifting that makes those missions possible is handled by the venerable CH-47G Chinook. And with the most recent round of modernizations, this Vietnam-era workhorse is ready for the 21st century. » 10/02/14 12:02pm 10/02/14 12:02pm

First New-Build MH-47G Spec Ops Chinook Takes Flight

Boeing delivered the first of eight new-built MH-47G today, a full month ahead of schedule. This new heavy hauling chopper is the first purpose-built special operations Chinook ever, although it will be fitted with the same cutting edge avionics and countermeasures as the existing and quite geriatric MH-47s force,… » 10/01/14 5:51pm 10/01/14 5:51pm

This Pilot Will Make Your Hand-Eye Coordination Look Shameful

From Foxtrot Alpha: The Bell 206 Jet Ranger, also known as the OH-58 and TH-67 in the military, is one of the most popular helicopter designs of all time, with over 7,000 units delivered. This pilot shows us just how capable these choppers are in the right hands. » 7/12/14 10:05am 7/12/14 10:05am

Celebrate Mother's Day with the Mother-Of-All Helicopters

The Mil Mi-26 is the largest helicopter in the world, and it's an absolute monster. It can lift over 20 tons, cruise at over 150 MPH, and its main rotor has eight blades. One of our readers takes a closer look. » 5/11/14 12:11pm 5/11/14 12:11pm

Why Shouldn't We Use The President's New Chopper For Search And Rescue

From Foxtrot Alpha: After a decade-long saga, including one serious boondoggle of a development program, America's next "Marine One" will be based on the Sikorsky S-92 super-medium twin engine helicopter. But what about the USAF's critical Combat Search & Rescue mission? » 5/10/14 12:29pm 5/10/14 12:29pm

Chuck Aaron Treats His Red Bull Helicopter Like A Plane

Being the only licensed helicopter acrobatic pilot in America, and one of only three in the world, Red Bull helicopter stunt pilot Chuck Aaron takes his Messerschmitt-Bölkow Blohm BO-105 through a series of absurd loops, hammerhead turns and barrel rolls before thousands of spectators during air show season. » 4/25/14 6:29pm 4/25/14 6:29pm

The Black Knight Transformer: Part Truck, Part Helicopter, All Bad Ass

This January, a military tech outfit called Advanced Tactics said they'd build a truck-helicopter hybrid that could fly just as easily as it could motor down the highway. "Never work," you say? Well, hold on to your brainballs because this mo' fucking trucklocopter just went for its first flight. » 4/18/14 2:20pm 4/18/14 2:20pm

Oil Workers May Need New Jobs Because They Are Too Fat To Fly

There have been a number of fatal helicopter crashes in the North Sea over the past few years, and the British Civil Aviation Authority conducted an investigation into how the numbers of deaths could be reduced. Its solution is simple. Just ban fat people. Unless they can crawl out a window. » 4/09/14 10:00pm 4/09/14 10:00pm

Seattle News Helicopter Crashes Into Two Cars And Bursts Into Flames

A news chopper for local Seattle news station station KOMO crashed right after take off earlier this morning, coming down on top of two cars and exploded into flames next to the Space Needle. Two people are reported to be dead, according to the Seattle Fire Department. » 3/18/14 11:00am 3/18/14 11:00am

Drone Helicopters Can Now Turn You Into A Terrible Superman

I know what you're thinking, about drones, and helicopters. "Borrrrring. Don't care. If it can't me fly through the air like the goddamn Rocketeer, it doesn't matter." Well here is the first invention made for you, Mr. and/or Ms. Nonplussed. A wondiferous invention, for the masses. » 3/03/14 11:00am 3/03/14 11:00am

This Helicopter Armada In Ukraine Is Absolutely Terrifying

The situation in Ukraine right now is clearly terrible, and only getting worse, with gunmen seizing the airport and a coast guard station in the Crimea. What might not make it any better, though, is this veritable armada of helicopters flying overhead. Seriously, it's bigger than most entire air forces. » 2/28/14 10:20am 2/28/14 10:20am

This Is How The NFL And The Military Create A Pre-Game Flyover

Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past. » 2/02/14 5:10pm 2/02/14 5:10pm

Robinson Helicopters: Tin-Lizzie Whirlybirds

Helicopters can do some pretty amazing things: they can pluck people from cranes and play some mad ice hockey. They've been at the center at some pretty impressive YouTube videos (or have filmed such videos) but what belies behind-the-scenes is a machine that delivers on a promise of simplicity and low-operating costs… » 12/22/13 11:03am 12/22/13 11:03am

Helicopter Ice Hockey Is Perhaps The Greatest Game Ever Played

On December 9th, 4000 feet in the Canadian mountains, on a frozen lake, a helicopter joined a game of ice hockey. This is what happened. » 12/12/13 2:30pm 12/12/13 2:30pm