Most EXTREME And BADASS Helicopters In The World!

September 21, 2019

From the world’s first electric powered
helicopter, to the largest helicopter ever built, here are nine of the most extreme helicopters
ever!!! 9: Volocopter 2X With more people living in cities than in
rural areas, traffic congestion is getting worse. To address this pressing problem, key transportation
players are looking to the skies. Forget self driving cars, your next means
of commute might be a flying machine like the Volocopter 2X! It’s a multi-rotator electronic helicopter
with 18 propellers. Its cabin seats two people and it can fly
without any human intervention. It can also be steered by using a joystick,
with guidance from assistive support systems. So basically you can just use a remote control
to get to work! The Volocopter 2X has numerous advantages
over ordinary helicopters. It’s much quieter and doesn’t pollute
the environment. It doesn’t need fuel and can use renewable
energy, making it a sustainable form of transportation. You can control the Volocopter using your
smartphone and summon it to pick you up at the nearest hub. When it drops you off, someone else can summon
it, and so on. Uber for the skies!! The 2X has a max payload of 160 kg, with an
operating weight of 290 kg when empty. It can cover a maximum distance of 27 km (17
miles) when it’s cruising at 50 km/h (31 mph). Its 18 motors are powered by 9 independent
battery systems, with each system supporting two motors. Plus, it only takes 40 minutes to recharge. The Volocopter 2X flew for the first time
in the US on January 8, 2017, during Intel’s keynote address. It utilizes some of Intel’s technology, and
it’s owned by e-Volo, an aviation startup from Germany. They market the Volocopter 2X as a certified
ultra-light aircraft, with the selling price available upon request. 8: V-22 Osprey In 1980, President Jimmy Carter sent the US
military to rescue 52 American workers held captive at the US embassy in Tehran. The mission failed, but the army learned some
hard lessons. There was an urgent need for an aircraft that
could transport and deploy combat troops on any surface quickly. It had to have a good range, speed, and the
ability to perform an amphibious landing. Aircraft manufacturers, Bell and Boeing jointly
entered into a contract with the government to create an aircraft with these capabilities. After years of development and testing, they
produced the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey, which was the world’s first tilt-rotor aircraft. What is a tilt-rotor? When the V-22 is taking off or landing, it
operates like a helicopter. During these maneuvers, the helicopter’s
nacelles, which house the engines, are vertical, and the rotors are horizontal. Once airborne, it rotates the nacelles forward
to 90 degrees, making the rotors vertical. In just 12 seconds, the V-22 transforms from
a helicopter into a high-speed turboprop aircraft. It has more incredible features, like the
ability to perform a rolling-takeoff and landing by tilting its nacelles to 45 degrees. It can fold its blades and wings in 90 seconds,
which makes it easy to fit the V-22 in an airplane carrier or assault ship. Six prototypes flew for the first time on
19 March 1989. Presently, various divisions of the US Army
use the V-22 for logistics support, combat search & rescue, and warfare support. They are critical to the president’s security
detail, particularly on overseas trips. How much is it you ask?? Remarkably, a single V-22 costs more than
200 million dollars to build!! 7: Mil Mi-10 The Mil Mi-10 is a large helicopter categorized
as an aerial crane. The Soviets made it in the 1960s to transport
bulky loads. It was an improvement on the Mi-6 helicopter. And, it holds several world records for transporting
heavy loads at high altitudes. On 28 May 1965, it airlifted a load of 25,105
kg (11,387lbs.) to an altitude of 2,000 m (6,600 ft.) The Mi-10 lifting ability is complemented
by tall undercarriage legs, and a wide track under the fuselage, which allows it to taxi
over loads. It can comfortably carry 28 passengers or
a weight of 3000 kg (6,600 lbs.) in the fuselage with a ground clearance of 3.75 m (12.3 ft.). Can you guess how much this monster weighs? Well, the Mi-10 weighs 27 tons when empty. It can achieve a max speed of 335 km/h (208
mph). But, it cruises at 180 km/h (112 mph) with
a range of 430 km (267 mi). Mi-10s are still active in Russia. The Soviets also made the most powerful heavy-lift
helicopter in history codenamed the Mil Mi-26. And now for number 6 but first be sure to
subscribe if you are new here!! 6: AH-1Z Viper This helicopter is a technologically advanced
military helicopter, launched in the year 2000. The US Marine Corps incorporated it in 2010,
and full-scale production began in 2012. The intimidating viper has some of the best
weapons and technologies, such as an infrared suppression system, radar jammer, and a radar
warning system. It carries about 2 tons of weapons on its
stub-wings, which complement its frightening look. Furthermore, it can accommodate more weapons
including anti-ship missiles, incendiary bombs, and supersonic missiles, with infrared target
detection technology. Like in the AH-1W Super Cobra, the co-pilot
or gunner sits at the front and the pilot at the rear. It can operate during the day, at night and
in adverse weather conditions. The Marine Corps has plans to procure 189
Vipers by 2019. That’s just right around the corner. 5: Hughes XH-17 Dubbed as the ‘Flying Crane,’ it was one
of the first attempts to create a heavy-lifting helicopter in the US. The Kellett Aircraft Corporation designed
the XH-17 but sold the blueprints to the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1947. Howard Hughes, the company’s founder (remember
him?) commissioned the XH-17 to be built. By 1948, it had taken shape. To cut costs, the fabricators salvaged parts
from World War 2 airplanes. They got the undercarriage from a B-25 bomber,
the rear wheels from a Douglas C-54 Skymaster, the tank from a B-29 Superfortress, and the
cockpit from a Waco CG-15 glider. This Frankenstein monster had a maximum takeoff
weight of 43,500 lb. (19,731 kg). It still holds the world record for the largest
rotor system at 36 m (120 ft.) But, the size of the rotor made the drive
system inefficient, thus limiting its range to 64 km (40 miles. It flew during test flights for three years
beginning in 1952. However, it was too cumbersome and inefficient
to continue operating. 4: MIL V-12 The Mil V-12 is another gigantic Soviet helicopter,
which holds the world record for the biggest helicopter ever produced. But, it resembles a normal airplane with rotors
attached to the wings. So, why did the Soviets decide to build such
a monster? The Mil V-12 was meant to transport heavy
loads such as missiles to the remotest regions of Siberia. Normal planes could not handle the task since
the areas lacked airports. On the other hand, the MIL V-12 could carry
196 passengers, with a crew of six. It broke several world records like lifting
40,000 kg (88,000 lb.) to 2,255 m (7,398 ft.) on August 6, 1969. There were only two prototypes built. The first almost tore itself apart during
a trial in 1965. The second prototype flew in March 1973, from
Panki to Lyubertsy. The Soviet Union discontinued the V-12, since
transporting ballistic missiles was no longer a top priority. One prototype remained in Panki. The second is exhibited at the Monino Air
Force Museum in Russia. 3: Sikorsky X2 Commercial jet planes cruise at speeds of
878 km/h (546 mph) to 926 km/h (575 mph). One of the fastest civil helicopter, the H155
made by Airbus Helicopter, has a mere top speed of 324 km/h (201 mph). Evidently, helicopters are slow. But, the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation based
in Connecticut, aims to change this by churning out fast models such as the X2. Before the X2, there was the S-69, which introduced
the Advancing Blade Concept (ABC). It could reach a top speed of 444 km/h (276
mph). But, its airframe vibrated excessively at
fast speeds. Sikorsky abandoned the S-69 model, but recent
developments in airframe materials have ignited the manufacturer’s quest for top speeds. The recent X2 model is bred for pure speed. It has two front rotor blades placed in a
co-axial configuration and a pusher propeller to drive the X2. During a speed test in September 2010, it
reached a top speed of 287 mph (462 km/h). It’s much quieter than the S-69 and can
fly at 10,000 feet. Sikorsky has also implemented the ABC concept
in the S-97 Raider military helicopter, and in the Eurocopter X3, which has a cruising
speed of 264 mph. 2: De Lackner HZ-1 The HZ-1, also known as the “Aerocycle”
was a one-man helicopter, made for the average soldier for use in battlefields. It had a small engine, which would drive two
rotor propellers. Strangely, the soldier would stand on a platform,
directly over the blades. De Lackner refused to include any sort of
safety device between the platform and the blades. Therefore, you really had to stay put and
avoid falling off during a flight. On the positive side, the controls were simplified. During tests, untrained soldiers could fly
the HZ-1 after 5 to 20 minutes of instructions. The prototype made a tethered flight on 22
November 1954 and a free flight in January 1955 at the now-abandoned Brooklyn Army Terminal. In 1956, Fort Eustis in Virginia became the
new testing ground for the HZ-1. Captain Selmer Sundby who directed the trials
realized that the HZ-1 was difficult to fly. The rotors would kick up small rocks and other
debris. It also crashed several times after the entanglement
of its rotors. Wind tunnel tests at the Langley Research
Center, in Virginia further revealed that the HZ-1 had an uncontrollable pitching motion. Due to the limitations, the Army terminated
the project. 1: Boeing CH-47 Chinook It’s an American heavy-lift chopper manufactured
by Boeing Rotorcraft Systems. More than 1,200 twin-engine Chinooks have
been built since the year 1962. A unit goes for $38.5 million. This badass chopper was named after the Native
American Chinook people, who occupied modern-day Washington State. To transport troops and cargo efficiently,
it has multiple doors across its fuselage. Using its three external hooks, it can also
carry unslung loads. When it made a debut in 1962, it had a top
speed of 315 km/h (196 mph ), which was faster than most attack and utility helicopters. It has a payload of 24,000 lb. (10,886 kg),
carries a crew of three and has a capacity of 33 to 55 troops. It’s still one of America’s fastest helicopters
and has been successful worldwide. For instance, the Long-range version, model
234LR has been used as a commercial transport helicopter by the British Airways Helicopters. It has participated in other secondary missions
including search and rescue, disaster relief, firefighting, aircraft recovery, and construction
assistance. In 2011, after the Fukushima Nuclear power
plant disaster, three Japanese CH-47s were used to cool down reactors using seawater. Thanks for watching! If you liked this video be sure to give it
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