Modern Marvels

Season 16 Episode 11

Helicopters

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 22, 2010 on The History Channel
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In Alabama, fly with the Apache Longbow, the deadliest helicopter in world, and learn how to fly the Blackhawk, one of the most sophisticated and versatile helicopters in world. Then climb aboard a Coast Guard helicopter as a team trains for water rescues in the Gulf. In California, see how the immensely popular Robinson helicopters are hand-made and how the police use them to catch fleeing criminals. In Tennessee, learn how million dollar Bell helicopters are customized with everything from bars and entertainment systems to state of the art navigation. Then it's off to Arizona to see how anyone can build their own affordable helicopter in their garage. Finally, learn how drone helicopters that can shoot a movie or take out an enemymoreless
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      • At nearly 125,000 lbs, the largest helicopter ever built was the Russian made Mil V-12. On August 6, 1969 the V-12 set a record by lifting 88,636 lbs.

      • In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Coast Guardsmen rescued more that 33,500 people. It was the largest rescue mission in U.S. Coast Guard history.

      • In 2000, Jennifer Murray became the first woman pilot to circumnavigate the earth in a helicopter. She did it in a Robinson R-44.

      • Rotoway is the oldest helicopter kit company in the world. In 1967 its Scorpion model became the first kit helicopter on the market.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: They can go anywhere and see everything. They can bring death from above or they can be an aerial lifeline. They're heavy lifters and firefighters. Start your preflight checks and buckle in because now it's Helicopters, on Modern Marvels.

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