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

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

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

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

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