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  • Nepal earthquake: Wreck of missing US helicopter found

    05/15/2015 12:06:13 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 15 May 2015
    The wreckage of a US military helicopter that went missing in Nepal has been found, the Nepalese army says. The helicopter went missing earlier this week while delivering aid near the Chinese border, with six US marines and two Nepali soldiers on board. Maj Gen Binoj Basnet told AFP agency that it was not known if there were any survivors. The editor of the Nepal Times, Kunda Dixit, said the wreckage was found 56km (35 miles) from Kathmandu.
  • The Russian Navy seeks to re-acquire Mi-14 sub killing helicopters armed with nuclear bombs

    05/14/2015 4:53:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Ground Report ^ | 05/13/2015 | Robert Tilford
    The Russian Navy is seeking to re-acquire at least “100 nuclear-capable Mi-14 anti-submarine helicopters for deployment within the Black and Northern Sea Fleets over the next two – five years”, according to sources in the Russian Ministry of Defense. The Mil Mi-14 is a shore-based amphibious helicopter armed with (optionally) a torpedo, twelve 64kg or eight 120kg depth bombs. This submarine killer also has a very special ammo in its arsenal: a 1 kiloton nuclear antisubmarine bomb weighting 1,600kg, capable of scuttling any underwater target within a radius of 800 meters. The helicopter not only has a unique capability of...
  • Missing Pendleton-based Marine helicopter working in Nepal reportedly spotted

    05/13/2015 3:09:12 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | May 12 , 2015 | staff
    A Camp Pendleton-based Marine UH-1Y Huey helping with relief work after Nepal’s recent earthquake was missing, officials from the U.S. Pacific Command said Tuesday. Late Tuesday, the press agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur quoted an official as saying the aircraft had been spotted north of the capital of Kathmandu. “We have been told it was spotted in Tamakoshi region,” north of Kathmandu, said Interior Ministry spokesman Laxmi Dhakal. “But until (our) choppers make landing and get to it, we still can’t say anything about its condition or of its passengers.”
  • U.S. Marine Helicopter Supporting Earthquake Relief Missing in Nepal

    05/12/2015 11:14:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies
    NBC ^ | 05/12/2015 | Staff
    A U.S. Marine helicopter supporting earthquake relief in Nepal was declared missing Tuesday with eight people on board, a military spokesman said. The UH-1Y Huey with two Nepalese soldiers and six U.S. Marines on board disappeared over Charikot, Nepal, at about 10 p.m. local time (12:15 p.m. ET), said U.S. Pacific Command spokesman Army Maj. Dave Eastburn. Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said the U.S. military is hopeful that the missing helicopter landed and is out of communication. A military official told NBC News there is "no indication that there was a crash" but "it is dark," so they could...
  • Judicial Watch: DHS Records Detail Mexican Government Helicopter Crossing Border and Firing...

    05/06/2015 4:23:30 PM PDT · by blueyon · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 5/05./15 | Judicial Watch
    Judicial Watch: DHS Records Detail Mexican Government Helicopter Crossing Border and Firing on Border Patrol (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained documents from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) that confirm a June 26, 2014, attack by a Mexican government helicopter on U.S. Border Patrol agents. The Mexican helicopter crossed into U.S. airspace before firing on U.S. Border Patrol personnel. The Mexican government initially denied that the attack near Arizona’s San Miguel Gate occurred, but later admitted to the armed incursion. The CBP documents were released in response to a July 9, 2014, Judicial Watch...
  • Why Are We Sending This Attack Helicopter to Pakistan?

    04/21/2015 6:06:26 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 19, 2015 | HUSAIN HAQQANI
    The Obama administration’s decision this month to sell almost $1 billion in U.S.-made attack helicopters, missiles and other equipment to Pakistan will fuel conflict in South Asia without fulfilling the objective of helping the country fight Islamist extremists. Pakistan’s failure to tackle its jihadist challenge is not the result of a lack of arms but reflects an absence of will. Unless Pakistan changes its worldview, American weapons will end up being used to fight or menace India and perceived domestic enemies instead of being deployed against jihadists. Competition with India remains the overriding consideration in Pakistan’s foreign and domestic policies....
  • Marine Helicopter Unexpectedly Lands on Beach

    04/15/2015 12:14:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Monica Garske
    The CH-53 Super Stallion chopper may have been leaking fuel Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Marine-Helicopter-Lands-Near-Del-Mar-Shores-Beach-299883281.html#ixzz3XV9PVAbB Follow us: @nbcsandiego on Twitter | NBCSanDiego on FacebookA marine helicopter made an unexpected landing near a beach in north San Diego Wednesday, officials confirmed. San Diego lifeguards said a CH-53 Super Stallion marine helicopter landed near Del Mar Shores Beach south of Fletcher Cove at around 11:40 a.m. Firefighters were called to the scene to investigate the chopper for a possible fuel leak. No injuries were reported. Check back for updates on this developing story.
  • Small helicopter lands on Capitol lawn prompting lockdowns for Capitol, White House

    04/15/2015 11:12:46 AM PDT · by RS_Rider · 81 replies
    NewsChannel 8 ^ | 04-15-2015
    WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- A small helicopter has landed on the Capitol's West Front in D.C. and the pilot was taken into custody. The Capitol building and the White House are currently under lockdown. More details to come...
  • Hoquiam to rename a portion of Queets Avenue after James McQuade (DSC recipient)

    04/15/2015 10:07:25 AM PDT · by llevrok · 9 replies
    The City of Hoquiam last night voted against committee recommendation and renamed a portion of Queets Avenue to McQuade in honor of a fallen Vietnam veteran who’s chopper was shot down while searching for missing soldiers under fire. “On June 11th, 1972 the 23 year old pilot from Hoquiam Washington, [his gunner] and the copter was right above their leader’s chopper when it was shot down itself.” Dan Discher grew up on Queets Avenue with James McQuade, he told the council last night that McQuade left the Harbor to become a 1st Lieutenant in the Army, and flew for the...
  • Ospreys replace last Marine squadron of Sea Knight 'phrogs'

    04/11/2015 4:38:34 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 26 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | April 10, 2015 | Jennifer Hlad
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — MV-22 Ospreys replaced the Marines’ last squadron of CH-46E helicopters Thursday, officially ending the Sea Knight’s 50-year run as the troop and supply transport workhorse of the Corps. Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 received the first Sea Knights assigned to the West Coast in early 1965 and introduced the medium-lift helicopter to combat in Vietnam in 1966. Parts of the squadron also flew missions in the evacuation of Saigon, making it the first in and last out of the Southeast Asian country. More than 600 CH-46s, affectionately known as “Battle Phrogs,” were produced over the years,...
  • Boeing's Big Attack Chopper In A Tiny Package Is Heading To Saudi Arabia

    04/05/2015 6:24:17 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 04/02/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    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 skies above Yemen. The AH-6i is one smart, nimble, observant, and heavily armed little battle chopper. It takes the best parts of the AH-6M Little Bird operated by the 160th SOAR 'Nightstalkers' and infuses it with...
  • CHINESE THUNDERBOLTS REPLACE AMERICAN COBRAS: NEW Z-10 ATTACK HELICOPTERS FOR PAKISTAN

    04/05/2015 5:54:04 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Popular Science ^ | April 1, 2015 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Pakistan's Z-10s www.top81.cn Pakistan recently took delivery of three Z-10 attack helicopters, stored at this hangar in the Qasim Army base near Rawalphindi. The helicopters' state of disassembly suggests that Pakistani technicians are working to quickly familarize themselves with these new helicopters by installing rotor blades and other parts for flight, and then combat. Since a January 2015 agreement, China has transferred three Z-10 "Thunderbolt" attack helicopters to Pakistan, which has become China's staunchest ally and largest weapons buyer. These three Z-10 helicopters are currently at a Pakistani Army base in Qasim/Dhamial, undergoing testing, maintenance training and modifications for operating...
  • Best helicopter door gunner of all time goes to heaven

    03/23/2015 6:42:41 PM PDT · by llevrok · 22 replies
    3/23/2015 | My Brother in Law
    The “Best helicopter door gunner of all time” died and went to heaven. St. Peter greeted him there and said “Welcome to heaven! Your terminal assignment orders indicate you were the best door gunner in human history and did wonderful things for your fellow crew members, your unit, and your country your entire life. For that reason I am authorized to let you choose in which part of heaven you would like to spend eternity.” “Well”, the gunner said, “I’d love to bunk somewhere where I will never see another helicopter pilot – they are loud, contemptible, and generally a...
  • 7 Marines, 4 soldiers missing after Army helicopter crash in Florida

    03/11/2015 3:08:22 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 11, 2015
    <p>Search-and-rescue crews are looking for seven Marines and four soldiers after an Army helicopter crashed late Tuesday during a routine night training exercise in the Florida Panhandle.</p> <p>Eglin Air Force Base spokesman Andy Bourland told the Associated Press that the helicopter was reported missing at around 8:30 p.m. local time and crews found debris from the crash at around 2 a.m. Wednesday.</p>
  • 8 French citizens involved in filming reality show among 10 dead in Argentina helicopter crashes

    03/09/2015 8:13:43 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Two helicopters carrying passengers filming a popular European reality show crashed Monday in a remote area of northwest Argentina, killing eight French citizens and two Argentines, authorities said. The helicopters crashed while flying near Villa Castelli in La Rioja province, about 730 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, La Rioja Secretary of Security Cesar Angulo told television station TN. All 10 people on board both aircraft were killed. "An explosion occurred and it's believed that they must have collided," said Angulo. "Aeronautical experts will have to determine that." La Rioja police commissary Fabian Gordillo told state news agency Telam that the...
  • Russia Has Gone Ahead And Built The Helicopters For Those French Mistrals

    12/09/2014 4:41:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dec. 8, 2013 | JACEK SIMINSKI
    A press release by company Russian Helicopters suggests that the Ka-52K helicopter (K stands for korabielny, which means naval), is ready and the first units of the rotor-craft have already been manufactured and are due to undergo a test-flying program. The naval variant can fold its rotor blades for better space management aboard helicopter carriers. The absence of a tail rotor makes the choppers ideal for use on carriers, even though they are slightly taller than their Western counterparts. The company's announcement is noteworthy considering France's suspension of the delivery of the Mistral vessels which were meant to be fielded...
  • China And Russia Team Up To Build World's Largest, Most Powerful Chopper

    11/21/2014 11:35:49 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 11/21/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    Currently, the largest and most powerful helicopter to have ever entered production is the gargantuan Mi-26 'Halo' of Russian origin, of which many still serve in governmental and commercial roles around the globe. After decades of the 'Halo' being on top, a new record holder is now said to be on the way, with Russia and China joining forces to make it happen. This new super-heavy lift class chopper was originally thought to be an outgrowth of the existing, all-weather capable and highly modernized Mi-26T2, but now it seems that it will only borrow a few elements from it, and...
  • A cool gif of a Navy Seal helicopter extraction

    11/10/2014 10:47:30 AM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 25 replies
    CRASHR ^ | 11-10-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I know some may look at this and say "of course they can do that." I, however, am in complete awe of the training and skill it must take to pull something like this off, along with all the other things they do.
  • Army’s deadly Tiger roars and has claws (Australia)

    10/23/2014 1:47:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph, Australia ^ | OCTOBER 16, 2014 | GEOFF CHAMBERS
    ARMED with AGM-114 Hellfire anti-armour missiles, free-flight rockets, and 30mm automatic cannon, the army’s $40 million Tiger helicopters are ready for combat. And they were put through their paces yesterday as part of the Defence Force’s annual Exercise Chong Ju at Puckapunyal Army Base, with The Daily Telegraph given exclusive behind-the-scenes access. The Tiger’s state-of-the-art cannon can engage ground or air targets at a rate of 750 rounds per minute at a range of 1.5km. The choppers rockets are practising out of the Puckapunyal Army base in Victoria. Picture Craig Greenhill Using helmet-mounted sight displays, pilots only have to look...
  • Sikorsky's New Attack Helicopter Is The Most Badass Helo In Recent Time (S-97 unveiled)

    10/02/2014 4:08:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Gawker Media ^ | October 3, 2013 | Jesus Diaz
    The S-97 Raider-Sikorsky new attack helicopter-is out and it is not only gorgeous. It's absolutely badass. It is based in the same technology as their X2 technology demonstrator, which broke the world helicopter speed record in 2010: 260 knots-that's 299.2mph vs the 172mph of conventional helicopters. According to Sikorsky's Mike Miller, it "is an all-new helicopter, all-new configuration. We haven't seen something this new in 30 years." The Raider uses counter-rotating rotor blades with a push propeller on the tail. This unique combination allows it to pulverize all speed records. Obviously, its weight is limited. This thing will not have...
  • Exclusive - India eyes Sikorsky helicopter, other big U.S. arms buys

    09/26/2014 8:32:07 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | ANDREA SHALAL AND DAVID BRUNNSTROM
    (Reuters) - In a boost to U.S. weapons makers looking for ways to offset lower domestic military spending, India is expected to choose Sikorsky Aircraft's S-70B Sea Hawk helicopters at a 16-aircraft tender worth over $1 billion. The decision could come during a high-profile visit to the United States by Prime Minister Narendra Modi that starts on Friday. The Sikorsky deal would be one of several large U.S. arms purchases by India that are nearing completion, including over $2.5 billion in orders for Boeing Co's AH-64D Apache and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. Sikorsky Aircraft, a unit of United Technologies Corp, declined...
  • NBC paying Matt Lauer to take helicopter rides to work?

    09/04/2014 7:43:09 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/4/14 | Various
    Lauer extended his lucrative $20 million-a-year deal with NBC News to remain a “Today” co-host through 2016, following speculation that he would leave the show in the wake of the storm over the brutal departure of Ann Curry in 2012. As part of the deal, NBC reportedly agreed to pay for Lauer to chopper out to the Hamptons, where he has a 40-acre horse farm in Water Mill and a nearby mansion, reportedly worth $15 million, in which he lives year-round with his wife, Annette Roque, and their children.
  • Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama's resignation

    09/02/2014 7:09:42 AM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 21 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 September 2014 | Ashley Collman
    One couple knows all too well the pain suffered by the parents of James Foley, the American photojournalist executed on camera last month by the Islamic State. Billy and Karen Vaughn also lost their son Aaron Carson Vaughn in 2011, when the SEAL Team Six soldier's Chinook helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan. Now the couple are calling on President Barack Obama to step down, citing his reaction to the Foley video and 'lack of leadership' in confronting ISIS.
  • Iraqi military helicopter crashes delivering aid to north after too many climb aboard

    08/12/2014 1:25:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Post ^ | 08/12/2014 | Sameer N. Yacoub And Vivian Salama
    BAGHDAD — A Russian-built Iraqi military helicopter providing aid to those stranded on a mountain fleeing Sunni militants crashed Tuesday after too many tried to climb aboard, killing the pilot, said the army spokesman. Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said in a statement that Iraqi parliamentarian Vian Dakheel, of the minority Yazidi community most affected by the fighting, was aboard the Mi-17 helicopter and was injured in the crash. She and others aboard were evacuated to a hospital in the nearby Kurdish autonomous region. The New York Times reported on its website that reporter Alissa J. Rubin, riding along on the...
  • India offers to buy more US attack helicopters, hopes to drive down costs

    08/09/2014 5:18:32 AM PDT · by cold start · 2 replies
    NEW DELHI: India has offered to significantly increase an order for US attack helicopters, Indian officials said, as US defense secretary Chuck Hagel began a visit to New Delhi on Thursday aimed at boosting defence and strategic ties. The Apache gunships and a deal for Chinook helicopters, both built by Boeing, will top the agenda in Hagel's talks on Friday with India's new administration led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. India has offered a follow-on order of 39 AH-64D Apache helicopters in addition to the 22 now being negotiated, an Indian defence ministry official said. The sides have been wrangling...
  • The AH-56 Cheyenne attack helicopter

    06/26/2014 8:25:53 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/26/14 | n/a
    Neat video of a rather interesting (if ultimately unsuccessful) U.S. attack helicopter design from the early 1970s.
  • Sikorsky and Boeing Team Submit New Army Helicopter Design

    06/26/2014 10:30:14 AM PDT · by robowombat · 17 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 17, 2014 2:00 PM | Dave Majumdar
    Sikorsky and Boeing Team Submit New Army Helicopter Design By: Dave Majumdar Published: June 17, 2014 2:00 PM Updated: June 17, 2014 2:00 PM A joint Sikorsky-Boeing team has submitted their initial design for a new high-speed compound helicopter called the SB-1 Defiant to the U.S. Army. “Last week we submitted our initial design and risk report to the customer,” said Doug Shidler, one of the two co-program directors for the industry team, during a Tuesday teleconference. “Next week we will be conducting our initial design and risk review with them.” The high-speed compound helicopter design is the team’s entry...
  • WA National Guard gets new helicopter for first time in five decades

    06/25/2014 4:21:11 PM PDT · by llevrok · 16 replies
    The News Tribune (Tacoma WA) ^ | 6/24/2014 | ADAM ASHTON
    After 38 years in the Washington National Guard, 1st Sgt. Brett Jensen received something new for a change. The citizen soldier belongs to an aviation battalion that’s receiving brand-new helicopters for the first time in five decades. It means the local unit will be able to retire aircraft dating to the Vietnam War era. “It’s kind of nice being able to see new aircraft in the fleet,” said Jensen, 56, a Tacoma resident who has deployed twice to the Middle East and participated in domestic missions ranging from the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980 to the more recent disaster...
  • Iraqi Officials Say Army Helicopter Shot Down During Clashes With Militants West of Baghdad

    06/16/2014 1:19:51 PM PDT · by massmike · 11 replies
    http://abcnews.go.com/ ^ | 06/16/2014 | n/a
    Headline only.
  • Turkey ups its ‘assault’ credentials, offers new helicopter to friends

    06/11/2014 11:22:54 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Edogan has said that the country’s first domestically-produced assault helicopter is to be exported to friendly countries. Speaking at a ceremony to hand-over T129 assault helicopter to the Turkish Armed Forces at the Turkish Army Air Defence Command in Ankara, the Turkish premier said, “Production of the assault helicopter is a milestone for the development of the country’s defense industry. As many as 59 helicopters will be handed over to the Turkish Armed Forces in the first phase, while some friendly countries have shown their interest for the purchase of these helicopters as well.” The...
  • How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

    06/08/2014 10:38:24 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 8, 2014 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    "In his new book, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Ben­ghazi” (Broadside Books), writer Kenneth R. Timmerman explains how the US government’s efforts to arm the Libyan rebels backfired, flooding weapons into Syria, and as he ­reveals here, Afghanistan: The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons. Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile...."
  • India closely watching Russian move to sell attack helicopters to Pakistan

    06/04/2014 8:16:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Jun 4, 2014 | Rajat Pandit
    NEW DELHI: India is closely tracking Russia's move to directly supply Mi-35 attack helicopters to Pakistan by lifting an informal arms embargo. But officials here also say that Russian arms have in any case been surreptitiously finding their way to Pakistan through China for years now. "Yes, there is some concern here. But then, other countries like the US and France also sell their weaponry to both sides of the line of control. If the French sell Agosta-90B submarines to Pakistan, they sell the Scorpene submarines to us," said a senior defence official. This comes in the backdrop of Russian...
  • General and 13 soldiers killed in shootdown of helicopter in Ukraine

    05/29/2014 6:44:33 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05-29-2014
    At least 13 soldiers and an army general were killed Thursday when pro-Russian insurgents shot down a military helicopter outside the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk, interim President Oleksander Turchinov said. "I have received reports from Sloviansk itself that the terrorists shot down a helicopter carrying relief troops. Fourteen soldiers, including Gen. (Vladimir) Kulchitski, have died," Turchinov told Ukrainian media. Pro-Russian militiamen fired a bazooka at the helicopter near Sloviansk, the main pro-Moscow bastion in the Donetsk region, Turchinov said.
  • Rebels shoot down Ukraine military helicopter over Slovyansk; govt says 14 dead, 1 general)

    05/29/2014 4:09:50 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior
    StarTribune ^ | May 29, 2014 | PETER LEONARD
    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Rebels in eastern Ukraine shot down a government military helicopter Thursday amid heavy fighting around the eastern city of Slovyansk, killing 14 soldiers including a general, Ukraine's leader said. Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told the parliament in Kiev that rebels used a portable air defense missile Thursday to down the helicopter and said Gen. Volodymyr Kulchitsky was among the dead
  • Sikorsky Rolls Out Heavy-lift CH-53K Helicopter

    05/09/2014 7:09:13 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    AIN Online ^ | May 8, 2014 | CHAD TRAUTVETTER
    Sikorsky Aircraft rolled out the CH-53K, the U.S. Marine Corps’ future heavy lift helicopter, on May 5 at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla. facility. According to Sikorsky, the mostly composite helicopter—dubbed the “King Stallion”—will fly by year-end, with operational service expected in 2019. “The rollout of the CH-53K helicopter introduces a new era in Marine Corps aviation,” said Sikorsky president Mick Maurer. “The clean-sheet CH-53K will effectively triple the external load carrying capacity of the CH-53E aircraft—to more than 27,000 pounds over a mission radius of 110 nautical miles. With its 88,000-pound maximum gross weight, powerful new engines, lightweight...
  • Five British troops killed in UK's worst helicopter crash in Afghanistan

    Five British troops, including personnel from Prince Harry’s former Army unit, have been killed in the UK’s worst helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The tragedy happened when the Lynx helicopter, believed to be on a reconnaissance mission, came down in a mountainous Taliban stronghold close to the Pakistan border. The Ministry of Defence said last night that it had completed a provisional identification of those who died. There was speculation last night that some of those on board may have been special forces. It is the first time British helicopter crew have been killed in more than a decade of flying...
  • Seattle copter crash, IMHO, tail rotor failure!

    03/19/2014 6:12:37 PM PDT · by PROCON · 47 replies
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    Very sad about the copter crash in Seattle the other day, with loss of life, but here is my input as a former Army/Vietnam aviator. As the eye-witness accounts said that the copter, which looked liked a Bell Ranger, or an OH-58 as I remember it, they said that as the copter lifted off of the helipad it dipped and started to rotate, which may be a sign of a tail rotor failure. If the tail rotor failed for some reason, there is no control of left/right lateral movement. The copter is then helpless and out of control, and it...
  • Seattle News Helicopter Crashes at Space Needle, 2 Dead, 1 Injured

    03/18/2014 8:33:27 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 46 replies
    KOMO TV ^ | 3/18/14 | KOMO Staff
    Two people were killed and one was critically injured when a news helicopter crashed and burned Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle. Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene. Two cars were struck in the crash. One man could be seen running from from one of the cars with his sleeve on fire, and he was extinguished by officers at the scene.
  • Three-Rotor Copters Set to Change Civilian, Military Helicopter Designs Forever

    Its safe to say that the helicopter changed the way that we move passengers, cargo, soldiers and more. The ability for the helicopter to take off and land vertically has always hampered its ability to reach a faster top speed. But that’s all about to change with a new generation of helicopter that can travel as fast as a plane, but still perform all the tasks characteristic of a copter. The origins of the Sikorsky X2 dates back to the S-69 Advanced Blade Concept in 1973. In 2008, this experimental copter made its first flight. Unlike traditional helicopters that use...
  • DoD Identifies Army Casualties

    12/19/2013 9:19:26 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 15 replies
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of six soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. They died Dec. 17, in Now Bahar, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered as a result of a helicopter crash. The incident is pending investigation.
  • Glasgow helicopter crash: 'Multiple injuries' at Clutha pub

    11/30/2013 12:18:32 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 30 November 2013
    A police helicopter has crashed into a busy pub on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow. It happened at The Clutha in Stockwell Street at 22:25 on Friday. Police Scotland say there were three people on board the helicopter - two officers and a civilian pilot. Police have not confirmed whether anyone has died but 32 people have been taken to local hospitals. It is not known how many people are still trapped inside the pub. A senior fire officer said they had made contact with some people trapped inside the pub but the building was unsafe and...
  • Pilot struck, killed by helicopter blade at Pennsylvania fair

    09/29/2013 9:38:35 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 12:06 AM EDT, Mon September 30, 2013 | Janet DiGiacomo,
    Carl R. Enlow, 69, landed the helicopter at the Bloomsburg Fair grounds Friday to re-fuel and to allow a relief pilot to take over. He left the chopper and was re-entering to speak to the replacement pilot when he was struck by the rotor, the fair association said.
  • Contenders Vie For British AEW Helicopter System

    09/13/2013 8:16:06 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki
    AIN Online ^ | September 13, 2013 | CHRIS POCOCK
    Contenders Vie For British AEW Helicopter System British plans for a new AEW helicopter system were in focus at the Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) show in London this week. Lockheed Martin UK (LMUK) and Thales will compete for the requirement named Crows Nest, to provide a replacement for Royal Navy’s current Sea King Mk7 airborne surveillance and control (ASaC) helicopters, and be deployable on the UK’s two forthcoming aircraft carriers. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has specified that the Crows Nest system of radar and consoles be capable of rapid mounting on, and removal from, the Navy’s...
  • Canadian team's human-powered helicopter takes flight (Video)

    07/12/2013 6:43:47 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | July 12, 2013 | Unattributed
    A team of engineers from Canada has won a $250,000 (£165,000; 192,000 euros) prize for making the first human-powered helicopter. The contraption - called Atlas - reached an altitude of 3.3 metres for 64 seconds under pedal-power, meeting a challenge set by the American Helicopter Society 33 years ago.
  • Russian-made chopper faces ironic future in Afghanistan

    07/02/2013 11:31:37 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | July 2, 2013 | Cid Standifer
    Russian-made chopper faces ironic future in Afghanistan PARIS — In a twist of fate, Russia may end up pitching its newest helicopter to the very people it was designed to fight. At the Paris Air Show in June, Russia held a coming-out news conference for the Kamov company’s Ka-52 Alligator, which they say is now ready for export. The parastatal Russian export company Rosoboronexport is courting India as a buyer. One of the key selling points, Kamov’s designers say, is that the Alligator can handle “hot-and-high” operating conditions, carrying heavy weapons loads in mountinous terrain and in intense heat —...
  • Families say Muslim cleric disparaged dead Navy SEALS at their own funeral

    05/10/2013 3:24:53 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 47 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | may 9, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    Relatives of Navy SEALs who died when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in August 2011 spoke at a press conference Thursday to condemn the Obama administration and claim that the U.S. military presented a Muslim cleric at the dead SEALs’ funeral who disparaged “sinners and infidels who are fodder for the hell fire.” FreedomWatch president Larry Klayman, the attorney representing the families, claimed at the press conference, which Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota and former Florida Republican Rep. Allen West also attended, that the U.S. military presented an anti-American speaker at the SEALs’ 2011 funeral.
  • VIDEO OF SEAL TEAM 6 FAMILY PRESS CONFERENCE 5/9/13

    05/10/2013 2:47:40 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 34 replies
    The United West ^ | 5/10/2013 | RACEBANNON
    VIDEO OF SEAL TEAM 6 FAMILY PRESS CONFERENCE 5-9-2013 OVER 2 HOURS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqtJrJ40Cio
  • Biden:´The Black Helicopter Crowd is Really Upset´

    04/09/2013 2:40:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/9/13 | Staff
    Vice President Joe Biden blasted the NRA for engaging in a "disinformation" campaign meant to "scare people" from supporting background checks. “Kinda scary man, the black helicopter crowd is really upset,” Biden said about the NRA´s concern with the creation of a federal government gun registry. Biden was speaking at the White House with Attorney General Eric Holder on reducing gun violence and was joined by law enforcement officials
  • HELI-EXPO: Chinese WZ-10 attack helicopter based on Kamov design

    03/06/2013 11:55:30 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 03/07/2013 | Dave Majumdar
    HELI-EXPO: Chinese WZ-10 attack helicopter based on Kamov design The Changhe Aircraft WZ-10 attack helicopter is based on a Russian design commissioned by the Chinese, Kamov's chief design engineer says. In 1995, Kamov developed a preliminary design in the 6t weight class under a contract with the Chinese government, says Sergey Mikheev, Kamov's chief design engineer, speaking at the Heli-Expo trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Due to understandable reasons, this information was kept secret," he says. Dave Majumdar/Flightglobal The Project 941 design was not based on any Soviet-era attack helicopter project and was strictly designed for China's unique requirements,...
  • Helicopter Pilot Fishes R/C Plane From The Top Of A Tree

    03/02/2013 2:21:19 PM PST · by bigbob · 24 replies
    Fixxy ^ | Not specified | Fixxy
    Helicopter pilot spots a model plane stuck in trees. What he does next makes one little boy's day.