Military Helicopter Articles

A History of Military Helicopters

In 1945, the Focke-Achgelis Fa 223 helicopter was flown by Luftwaffe crews during the defense of Nazi Germany on transport and supply missions.  The German Navy had been operating the Flettner Fa 330 Bachstelze rotor glider from U-boats, and had op

Military Helicopters Must Fly Faster
Since the miltary started using helicopters at the end of World War II, the performance of the helicopters has not seen great increases.  The major changes to existing military helicopters has been on the 'inside' with better communications, advanced weapon capability and durability.  Today's military relies on the Apache and
Fly in a Huey Helicopter while in Cape Town

This is an awesome video of the Huey Helicopter.  The video is of a ride that's available in Cape Town, Africa.  The riders get to ride in a Huey that's flown as a pilot would have flown in the Vietnam War.  The video is well put together and has some great inside and outside shots of the Huey Helicopter.

Boeing Apache Helicopter Video

This is a great Apache Longbow Helicopter Video set to AC/DC's song Thunderstruck.  The helicopter video definitely gets you fired up and makes you wish you were a Apache Helicopter Pilot!

Apache AH-64 Helicopter Firing Machine Gun Video

This is a video of two AH-64D Apache Longbows firing their 30mm chain guns at MPRC, South Korea. This spot on the mountain was great because I was above and behind the helicopters. So I could actually see the targets they were firing at. Look closely at the second Apache and you can see it's brass falling from the bottom of the bird.

Bell AH-1Z Viper Helicopter Video

The powerful Bell AH-1Z Viper Helicopter (formally the AH-1Z SuperCobra Helicopter) delivers state of the art dynamics, weapons and avionics to incorporate the latest in survivability. Capable. Flexible. Multi-mission.

Helicopter Definitions

A list of Helicopter Definitions:

Autorotation - The process of producing lift with freely-rotating airfoils (rotor blades) by means of the aerodynamic forces resulting from an upward flow of air.

US Military Helicopters In Focus

US Military Helicopters have had an increasing role in war strategy ever since it became heavily involved in conflicts within the mountainous desert regions of the Middle East.

The Future of US Military Helicopters

Without US military helicopters, American forces in the Middle East would be left out to dry in the mountainous desert, being picked off by guerilla attacks and roadside bombs without proper air attack or transportation support.

Training Army Helicopter Pilots
Facts about the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

The Sikorsky Model S-60 was proposed to meet the Army’s need for a Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) to replace the UH-1 Iroquois.  The prototype was first flown on October 17, 1974, and the Army ordered 2,260 of the type, designated UH-60 Black Hawk, although budgetary constraints confined the order to 1,400, the first entering

Top Ten US Military Helicopters

Comparing different US military helicopters and sorting them into a top ten is always going to be a subjective exercise. Whatever list we come up with isn’t going to sit well with everyone.

Medevac Helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan

Helicopters have proven themselves time and again in every scenario they have been exposed to. One of the areas they have particular excelled at is medevac and casevac.  Helicopters can and will go where other aircraft cannot and where ambulances can’t reach to rescue the wounded.

History of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter

Few helicopters have found their way into the popular consciousness as the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter. Even before the movie Black Hawk Down, they were a regular occurrence the in the skies of the continental United States and wherever our military served. The helicopter remains a solid, dependable airframe used in all theaters.

Military Helicopters Defined
History of the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse Helicopter
A New Huey Helicopter for the Yanks Air Museum
History of US Military Helicopters
History of the Helicopter

The History of the Helicopter is long, dating back to 21000 BCE if you open your mind to the idea.  This History of the Helicopter timeline is from The God Machine by James R Chiles. 

Bell Huey Helicopters in Combat

The Bell UH-1 Helicopter was the most important US Army aircraft of the Vietnam War and arguably the most important military aircraft of any kind.  The Huey flew over 36 million sorties during the Vietnam War and made a permanent mark in three roles – as “slicks” (troop transports: called slicks because they were not cluttered with rockets or ex

Coast Guard Helicopters train on Navy Warship
Unbelievable Chinook Helicopter Extraction Video

Extreme Chinook Helicopter Troop Extraction.

More CH-47 Chinook Helicopter History
Boeing Chinook Helicopter Performance Video

This video demonstrates the multiple uses of the Chinook CH-47 Helicopter.  The Chinook may look like a lumbering giant, but this video will change your opinion of the Chinook Dual-Rotor Helicopter.  The CH-47 goes through some powerful moves and you quickly realize that even the Chinook pilots get to have some serious fun with their machines.

History of the Boeing AH-64 Apache Helicopter
History of the Boeing Chinook Helicopter

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is a heavy lift helicopter that first saw service in 1962 and is still serving its country today. It is unique, powerful, reliable and has seen service in almost every military theater since its introduction. It is also the longest running production model in Boeing’s inventory.

Medevac Helicopters in the Korean War

The development of helicopters during and after the Second World War proved the value and utility of rotary wing aircraft in combat situations. So much so that the Army, Navy and Air Force all set up their own helicopter development units.

The Huey as a Medevac Helicopter in Vietnam

Helicopters played a critical role in the Vietnam War. Not only was the terrain arduous for land transport, it was also in hospitable for troops. The sheer distances involved made going anywhere by land a long and difficult process.

The Huey Helicopter and the Helicopter War
The Huey Helicopter and Tactical Air Mobility

Major General Harry Kinnard was a pilot and along time advocate of using aviation within the US Army.  He was chosen to lead the 11th Air Assault Division at Fort Benning, GA which was the test group for learning how best use the Huey Helicopter in war time situations.  At the same time, the 10th Air Transport Brigade was a