History Main / HelicopterBlender

1st Apr '16 9:55:05 AM JackG
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* In the AbleTeam action/adventure novels (a spin-off of ''TheExecutioner'' series) there's a scene where a group of South American bad-guys are terrifying the locals by zooming down at them in their helicopter, pretending to strafe them. One old farmer deliberately runs for a solitary tree knowing that the pilot, flying low and focusing on him, will fly right into it. Fortunately the BigBad points out the danger in time. In an earlier book '[[MrFixit Gadgets]]' Schwatz destroys a helicopter machine-gunning his friends by throwing a roll of barbed wire (he's standing on a cliff above it) whereupon the wire gets sucked into the helicopters rotor blades, locking them together and crashing the chopper.

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* In the AbleTeam action/adventure novels (a spin-off of ''TheExecutioner'' series) there's a scene where a group of South American bad-guys are terrifying the locals by zooming down at them in their helicopter, pretending to strafe them. One old farmer deliberately runs for a solitary tree knowing that the pilot, flying low and focusing on him, will fly right into it. Fortunately the BigBad TheDragon points out the danger in time. In an earlier book '[[MrFixit Gadgets]]' Schwatz destroys a helicopter machine-gunning his friends by throwing a roll of barbed wire (he's standing on a cliff above it) whereupon the wire gets sucked into the helicopters rotor blades, locking them together and crashing the chopper.
8th Feb '16 12:52:04 PM morane
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* Konrad Knabe describes in his documentary ''Lapin Lentotiedustelijat'' (Lapland Reconnaissance Squadron) an incident where the wife of a Dornier 17 pilot waves farewell to his husband too close to the spinning propeller and gets decapitated.



** ''All'' skydiving students are always taught to approach the jump plane from rear. Now and then someone tends to forget it and walks into spinning propeller. With obvious results.



* The Kamov Ka-50 'black shark' has ejection seats. To prevent this trope applying to its own crew, it has explosive charges in the rotor hubs to forcibly detach the blades.

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* The Kamov Ka-50 'black shark' 'Black Shark' has ejection seats. To prevent this trope applying to its own crew, it has explosive charges in the rotor hubs to forcibly detach the blades.
31st Jan '16 2:37:29 AM jormis29
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* In ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter 2'', the heavily-armored FinalBoss can [[PuzzleBoss only be killed]] by using the knockback from a shotgun to knock him into a handy helicopter's tail rotor. At least this one isn't in the air...

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* In ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter 2'', ''VideoGame/SyphonFilter2'', the heavily-armored FinalBoss can [[PuzzleBoss only be killed]] by using the knockback from a shotgun to knock him into a handy helicopter's tail rotor. At least this one isn't in the air...
6th Jan '16 6:55:41 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted with Yoshimitsu from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and 'VideoGame/'SoulCalibur'': He's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg ninja]] who has a spinning hand and a [[LaserBlade Laser Katana]]. In this case, the primary use is combat, flying is just an [[MundaneUtility added benefit]].

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* Inverted with Yoshimitsu from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and 'VideoGame/'SoulCalibur'': ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur'': He's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg ninja]] who has a spinning hand and a [[LaserBlade Laser Katana]]. In this case, the primary use is combat, flying is just an [[MundaneUtility added benefit]].
6th Jan '16 6:55:36 PM nombretomado
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* Inverted with Yoshimitsu from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and ''SoulCalibur'': He's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg ninja]] who has a spinning hand and a [[LaserBlade Laser Katana]]. In this case, the primary use is combat, flying is just an [[MundaneUtility added benefit]].

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* Inverted with Yoshimitsu from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' and ''SoulCalibur'': 'VideoGame/'SoulCalibur'': He's a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cyborg ninja]] who has a spinning hand and a [[LaserBlade Laser Katana]]. In this case, the primary use is combat, flying is just an [[MundaneUtility added benefit]].
3rd Jan '16 9:35:24 AM Doug86
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* [[http://www.bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2004/a04p0033/a04p0033.asp This accident]] sounds like something from an episode of HappyTreeFriends, but it really happened:

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* [[http://www.bst-tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/aviation/2004/a04p0033/a04p0033.asp This accident]] sounds like something from an episode of HappyTreeFriends, ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', but it really happened:
1st Jan '16 10:04:35 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SnowCrash'', a weapons specialist develops an unmanned drone nicknamed the Whirlwind Reaper. The name is perfectly descriptive.

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* In ''SnowCrash'', ''Literature/SnowCrash'', a weapons specialist develops an unmanned drone nicknamed the Whirlwind Reaper. The name is perfectly descriptive.
16th Dec '15 2:58:57 PM Khathi
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** The Russians actually had this down to a [[RamminAlwaysWorks combat maneuver called the "Taran" ("Ram")]]. It doesn't necessarily involve chopping the enemy plane with your own propeller[[note]]Hitting him with a more solid part of your plane, especially in the era of jet fighters that kinda lacked propellers, and were generally sturdier than prop ones, which often had wooden/fabric wingtips and empennage, was equally frequent[[/note]], but it ''was'' one of the preferred ways to do it. Naturally, this was a one-time extreme measure for the planes with wooden propellers, but those with the metal ones can actually do it multiple times in a single sortie and be repaired next day as said above, WWII planes often had wooden extremities that didn't fare well against the hardened aluminum "blenders".

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** The Russians actually had this down to a [[RamminAlwaysWorks [[RammingAlwaysWorks combat maneuver called the "Taran" ("Ram")]]. It doesn't necessarily involve chopping the enemy plane with your own propeller[[note]]Hitting him with a more solid part of your plane, especially in the era of jet fighters that kinda lacked propellers, and were generally sturdier than prop ones, which often had wooden/fabric wingtips and empennage, was equally frequent[[/note]], but it ''was'' one of the preferred ways to do it. Naturally, this was a one-time extreme measure for the planes with wooden propellers, but those with the metal ones can actually do it multiple times in a single sortie and be repaired next day as said above, WWII planes often had wooden extremities that didn't fare well against the hardened aluminum "blenders".
15th Dec '15 5:00:37 PM Khathi
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** The Russians actually had this down to a combat maneuver called the "Taran" (translated "Ram").

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** The Russians actually had this down to a [[RamminAlwaysWorks combat maneuver called the "Taran" (translated "Ram").("Ram")]]. It doesn't necessarily involve chopping the enemy plane with your own propeller[[note]]Hitting him with a more solid part of your plane, especially in the era of jet fighters that kinda lacked propellers, and were generally sturdier than prop ones, which often had wooden/fabric wingtips and empennage, was equally frequent[[/note]], but it ''was'' one of the preferred ways to do it. Naturally, this was a one-time extreme measure for the planes with wooden propellers, but those with the metal ones can actually do it multiple times in a single sortie and be repaired next day as said above, WWII planes often had wooden extremities that didn't fare well against the hardened aluminum "blenders".


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* Again speaking of aircraft propellers, the Internet is chock full of photos and videos of general aviation airfields, where the small plane violence agains each other is endemic. Small spaces, tight aprons, dubious competence of many amateur pilots and an often cavalier attitude to safety ensure that a lot of planes end up chopped up by their peers.


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24th Nov '15 3:15:39 AM erforce
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* Very sadly TruthInTelevision in the case of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' movie - Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed rather horribly by a helicopter being used in filming that spun out of control and struck them, due to the director's insistence that the helicopter pilot fly lower and lower, and the fact that he worked the pilot past the point of exhaustion, completely ignoring film industry safety regulations. [[note]]Pyrotechnic explosions hit the helicopter in flight, and it crashed at the exact angle for its blades to hit the three actors; Morrow and one of the children were decapitated instantly. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djVBzrucNLY The accident can be seen - from multiple angles - here.]] It's not as graphic as you'd expect, but it's still a terrible, terrible thing.[[/note]] Director John Landis was charged with negligent manslaughter, but [[KarmaHoudini eventually acquitted.]]

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* Very sadly TruthInTelevision in the case of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' movie ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'' - Vic Morrow and two child actors were killed rather horribly by a helicopter being used in filming that spun out of control and struck them, due to the director's insistence that the helicopter pilot fly lower and lower, and the fact that he worked the pilot past the point of exhaustion, completely ignoring film industry safety regulations. [[note]]Pyrotechnic explosions hit the helicopter in flight, and it crashed at the exact angle for its blades to hit the three actors; Morrow and one of the children were decapitated instantly. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djVBzrucNLY The accident can be seen - from multiple angles - here.]] It's not as graphic as you'd expect, but it's still a terrible, terrible thing.[[/note]] Director John Landis was charged with negligent manslaughter, but [[KarmaHoudini eventually acquitted.]]
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