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79 Intriguing Helicopter Innovations

From Crazy Curvy Concepts to Fly-In Campgrounds

— June 18, 2012 — Autos
Since the aircraft's invention, there has been a long line of helicopter innovations. However, it is difficult to pinpoint when exactly this vehicle was invented.

Many would say that Louis Breguet's 'Gyroplane Laboratoire' was the first true helicopter. Still, some attest that Leonardo Da Vinci had small working models of his famous 'aerial screw.' Others point out that children in China since the 5th century A.D., played with small bamboo flying tops that were based on a concept similar to contemporary helicopters. Whatever their exact origins, rotary-wing aircraft have proven invaluable.

From search and rescue to pleasure flights to heavy lift transport, the helicopter is a versatile and useful vehicle. Its ability to takeoff and land vertically as well as hover midair gives it undeniable advantages over fixed-wing airplanes.
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Airborne Music Performances
Airborne Music Performances
The Birmingham Opera Company Prepares for a Helicopter Show
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Troubled Pakistan Portrayals
Troubled Pakistan Portrayals
These Morgan Schweitzer Works are Visceral
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76
Autonomous Teamwork Robots
Autonomous Teamwork Robots
The Flying GRASP Lab Quadrocopters are Frighteningly Precise
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75
Hazardous Sky-High Films
Hazardous Sky-High Films
'The Art of the FLIGHT' Presents Snowboarders with a Death Wish
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Next-Day Air Infirmaries
Next-Day Air Infirmaries
Kukli Han's Mobile Hospital is Made to Treat Victims of Natural Disasters
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Remote Control Curse Words
Remote Control Curse Words
The Fuck Volant Helicopter Lets Users Pilot a Profanity
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Topsy Turvy Helicopter Propellers
Topsy Turvy Helicopter Propellers
The Upside Down Ceiling Fan by Raffaele Iannello is Industrial
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71
Hovering Attack Humvees
Hovering Attack Humvees
The Pentagon's Transformer FX Will Take Infantry Combat to the Skies
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70
Electrified Commercial Airliners
Electrified Commercial Airliners
The Boeing Sugar Volt Looks to Fire Up the Skies in 2035
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Avian Chopper Toys
Avian Chopper Toys
Harass Green and Yellow Pigs with the Angry Birds Helicopter
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68
Flying Feline Helicopters
Flying Feline Helicopters
The Orvillecopter is a Disturbing Creation That Uses a Dead Cat to Soar
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67
Personal Security Copters
Personal Security Copters
'Guardian Angel' Communicates With Others When in Need
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Autonomous Aerobatics
Autonomous Aerobatics
The Stanford Aircraft Teaches Itself to Fly
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Power-Beamed Flight
Power-Beamed Flight
This LaserMotive Laser-Powered Helicopter Flies for Over 12 Hours
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Smartphone Controlled Helicopters
Smartphone Controlled Helicopters
The Griffin HELO TC Assault Helicopter
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Speed Barrier-Breaking Choppers
Speed Barrier-Breaking Choppers
Eurocopter Unveils The X3 Hybrid Helicraft
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Historic Helicopter Timepieces
Historic Helicopter Timepieces
‘Only One Air Huey’ Watch is a Robust Time-Teller
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Cinematic Christmas Ads
Cinematic Christmas Ads
The Sky Cinema HD Campaign Depicts Epic Santas
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Hanging Helicopter Lamps
Hanging Helicopter Lamps
The Viable London Deadgood Strip Light is Simple and Unique
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Illegal Remote-Controlled Flights
Illegal Remote-Controlled Flights
Cell Phone Delivery Plot Grounded at Brazilian Prison
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58
Police Spy Drones
Police Spy Drones
UK Police Introduce Microdrones
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57
Aerial Drug Sniffing
Aerial Drug Sniffing
Dutch Police Use 'Canna Chopper' To Find Cannabis
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Helicopter Errand Ads
Helicopter Errand Ads
The New York Lottery's Powerball Campaign Shows the Disgustingly Rich
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Adventurous Spring Fashion
Adventurous Spring Fashion
LRG Spring 2011 Collection Puts its Money Where its Mouth Is
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Fly-In Campgrounds
Fly-In Campgrounds
Go 'Glamping' at New Zealand's Luxurious Minaret Station
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Ultra-Extravagant Escapes
Ultra-Extravagant Escapes
The La Mamounia Resort in Marrakech Treats You like Royalty
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Unmanned Rescue Helicopter
Unmanned Rescue Helicopter
TGR Helicorp's Alpine Wasp
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Transportation Trends
Transportation Trends
The Flying Car Takes Flight
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Supercharged Superhero Vehicles
Supercharged Superhero Vehicles
The Putsch Racing Turbine Engine-Powered Batmobile is Striking
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Hovering Air Craft
Hovering Air Craft
X-Hawk VTOL
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Dragonfly Helicopters
Dragonfly Helicopters
'Animals' by Job van der Mole Modifies Insects Into Worker Bots
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Helicopter-Humvee Hybrids
Helicopter-Humvee Hybrids
The Transformer TX Project Seeks to Create a Militarized Flying Car
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All-Terrain Ambulances
All-Terrain Ambulances
The 'RT112' by Tomasz Siemek is the Ultimate Rescue Vehicle
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Unmanned Helicopters
Unmanned Helicopters
Swiss UAV's NEOS300 has a Unique Aerodynamic Design
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Snowslide-Scouring Choppers
Snowslide-Scouring Choppers
The Airborne Avalanche Rescue System Locates Burried Victims
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Hybrid Helicopters
Hybrid Helicopters
Patented System Controls Energy Flows for Optimal Efficiency
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Human-Powered Helicopters
Human-Powered Helicopters
The Gamera Project is Enviromentally Friendly and Physically Demanding
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Disaster Domicile Drops
Disaster Domicile Drops
Parachute Shelter Delivers Tents from the Air to Victims on Broken Ground
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40
Taser-Armed Toys
Taser-Armed Toys
The ShadowHawk is an RC Helicopter That Fights Criminals
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Alien Robo-Copters
Alien Robo-Copters
The ‘Cargonaut' Humanoid Robot Is A Personal Flying Courier
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38
Otherworldly Aircraft
Otherworldly Aircraft
The Air Alien Green Helicopter is an Eco-Friendly Chopper
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Hypersonic Helicopters
Hypersonic Helicopters
Sikorsky's X2 Technology Breaks Aircraft Speed Records
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Picoflyer
Picoflyer
The World's Smallest RC Helicopter
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18 Animalistic Steampunk Creations
18 Animalistic Steampunk Creations
From Steampunk Mechanical Horses to Dragonfly Helicopters
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Mini Remote-Controlled Choppers
Mini Remote-Controlled Choppers
Black Ghost Helicopter Puts Fun in the Palm of Your Hand
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Heliboarding Choppers
Heliboarding Choppers
Snowboarders Can Hit Up Super Gnarly Slopes in the AvA 299 DROP
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Anti-Sand Beach Blankets
Anti-Sand Beach Blankets
Say Goodbye to Gritty Grains with the Sandless Beach Mat
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Insectified Rocket Choppers
Insectified Rocket Choppers
The Dragonfly DF1 is a Safer and Simpler Way to Fly
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Insecticide-Spraying Choppers
Insecticide-Spraying Choppers
The D.F.O Helicopter Brings Farming into the Future
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DIY Wooden Helicopters
DIY Wooden Helicopters
Chinese Farmer Builds Himself a Functional Chopper
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Affluent Aviation
Affluent Aviation
The Eurocopter EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style Lets High-Flyers Live it Up
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High-Speed Hybrid Helicopters
High-Speed Hybrid Helicopters
The Sprightly Eurocopter X3 Can Reach 267 Miles Per Hour
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Personal Aerial Vehicles
Personal Aerial Vehicles
Gareth Padfield's myCopter Would Reduce Traffic and Carbon Emissions
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Hoax Hotelicopters
Hoax Hotelicopters
Faux Flying Hotel Sends Bloggers Who Don't Fact Check Into a Frenzy
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Electrified Helicopters
Electrified Helicopters
The Sikorsky Electric Helicopter is for Eco Aviators
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Car-Copter Concepts
Car-Copter Concepts
The Zeep CCC Transforming Helicopter Car
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Silent Helicopter Blades
Silent Helicopter Blades
The Blue Edge Makes a Move Towards 'Whisper Mode'
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Human-Powered Helicopters
Human-Powered Helicopters
AHS International Hosts 6-Second Vertical Flight Contest
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Robot Soldiers
Robot Soldiers
UN Peace Robots Make Love, Not War
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Flying Dino Mobiles
Flying Dino Mobiles
The Triceracopter Creates Dinosaur Helicopter Offspring Art
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Flying Hotels
Flying Hotels
The ‘Hotelicopter' Is Elevated Lodging For the Adventurous and Affluent
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Multiple Mini Helicopters
Multiple Mini Helicopters
The 'E-Volo Multicopter' Boasts Sixteen Small Propellers
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Personal Multi-Rotor Helicopters
Personal Multi-Rotor Helicopters
The e-volo Volocopter is the Consumer Version of the Multicopter
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DIY Flying Machine
DIY Flying Machine
Individual Lifting Vehicle Kit
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Strap-On Choppers
Strap-On Choppers
Personal Libelula Rocket Helicopter
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Insect Inspired Flight
Insect Inspired Flight
Igarashi Single Person Helicopter
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Prefab Green Retreats
Prefab Green Retreats
The Eco-Temporary Refuge is a Bold Mountaintop Endeavor
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Compact Surveillance Copters
Compact Surveillance Copters
Boeing S-100 Camcopter is a Mini Military Masterpiece
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High-Heeled Heliport Shoots
High-Heeled Heliport Shoots
Magdalena Chachlica for 'Stop & Look!' by Numpo Bursts with Color
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Fold-Flat Helicopters
Fold-Flat Helicopters
Daniel Kocyba's ‘Hummel' is Perfect for Emergencies
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Futuristic Surveillance Helicopters
Futuristic Surveillance Helicopters
This Aerial Rescue Chopper is an Advanced Multipurpose Machine
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Hot Air Helicopters
Hot Air Helicopters
The Sky Voyage Uses a Balloon to Fly Instead of Spinning Blades
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Adventurous Gyrocopters
Adventurous Gyrocopters
The Fliege Supergiro by Daniel Kocyba Updates the Personal Helicopter
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Single-Seat Helicopters
Single-Seat Helicopters
Get This Bite-Sized Chopper for $35,000
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Personal Spy Copters
Personal Spy Copters
Air Hogs Hawk Eye Remote-Control Helicopter by Spinmaster
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Circular Single-Seat Choppers
Circular Single-Seat Choppers
The Zero Helicopter Concept is Designed for Aviation Neophytes
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Mosquito Helicopters
Mosquito Helicopters
Is Cikaric Dragan's Design the Future of Transportation?
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36 Killer Aircraft Concepts
36 Killer Aircraft Concepts
From Heliboarding Choppers to Futuristic Jet Fighter
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