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 16 interesting facts about helicopters that you really need to know about these flying marvels…
The world’s fastest helicopter can travel at 248 mph.
The longest nonstop trip on record is an amazing 2213 miles!
They can help fight fires by dropping thousands of litres of water from the air.
And chinook helicopters have enough horsepower to carry a tank into battle!
They are classed as a type of rotorcraft.
Helicopters can go forwards, backwards, laterally, and of course hover on the spot.
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.