We take them for granted but go back a few hundred years and a helicopter would have been seen as pure magic. Let’s take a look at these interesting facts about helicopters that you really need to know about these flying marvels…
1. Helicopters are seriously fast.
The world’s fastest helicopter can travel at 248 mph.
2. They can fly for miles, and miles, and miles.
The longest nonstop trip on record is an amazing 2213 miles!
3. A helicopter is handy in an emergency.
They can help fight fires by dropping thousands of litres of water from the air.
4. Some copters can help in times of conflict.
Chinook helicopters have enough horsepower to carry a tank into battle!
5. What exactly IS a helicopter, anyway?
They are classed as a type of rotorcraft.
6. They can go in almost every direction.
Helicopters can go forwards, backwards, laterally, and of course hover on the spot.
7. Did Da Vinci invent the helicopter?
Many people think that Leonardo da Vinci’s flying contraption was the first ever drawing of a helicopter. But Igor Sikorsky should have the honour of being the true inventor.
He created the VS-300 in 1939 – it was the world’s first practical design to take to the skies and featured an iconic tail rotor.
8. Helicopter pilots have heads for heights.
A helicopter’s average flying altitude is 12,000 feet.
9. No, seriously – some pilots really go sky high!
One flight took the pilot to an amazing 40,820 feet above sea level.
10. It’s got a fitting name.
The word ‘helicopter’ comes from the Latin meaning ‘spiral wings’.
11. A helicopter won’t necessarily crash if its engine breaks down.
Autorotation means they can land in a controlled fashion with a broken down engine.
12. Helicopters can’t get everywhere, though!
The Mir diamond mine in Russia is so deep that helicopters are unable to fly over it.
13. Some are seriously strong!
The Chinook’s blades are so strong they could hold two Apaches.
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