It was in 1493 when Leonardo daVinci designed the plans for the first helicopter. It wasn’t until some 450 years later that a Russian immigrant, Igor Sikorsky, saw the VS-300 fly for the first time, right here in the US.
Since then, the helicopter has gone through many improvements and iterations. Here’s a link to an Encyclopedia Britannia video from the 50s that’s more advanced than daVinci or Sikorsky, but is a long way form the state-of-the-art helicopters of today.
Which brings us to this week’s video. Another one from our friends at PCN Tours, this is a tour of the Boeing Helicopter plant in Philadelphia, expertly conducted by Sebastian Arrigo, General Manager of flight test operations for proud NAM member Boeing. Here you can see the CH-47D Chinook helicopter being made. This is a workhorse that can carry 10 tons of equipment, a versatile flying machine that is getting a lot of work these days in Iraq and other places around the globe.
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