Ugly duckling or no, this helicopter airplane hybrid is truly a thing of beauty when it comes to performance.
Crop dusting just got a lot more fun.
This sleek, high-tech whirly-bird designed by AVX could be the new face of vertical-takeoff aircraft for the US Army.
For the last two years, AgustaWestland has been secretly test-flying this tilt rotor technology demonstrator. It looks like a freakin' space fighter, doesn't it? SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
Hirobo is a Japanese company that's best known for its line of smallish remote control helicopters. So that's nice. But now, the company is thinking bigger. Not a lot bigger, but just big enough to carry you to work and back every day in a one-seater coaxial personal microhelicopter.
Helicopters are amazing. They're big, complicated, noisy machines that fly in a perpetual state of borderline instability, but can somehow magically hover in one spot in midair. As it turns out, this comes in particularly handy if your fancy R/C P-51 Mustang just landed at the very top of a tree.
A Czechoslovakian design firm has joined forces with a Czechoslovakian light aircraft manufacturer and a Czechoslovakian bicycle company to make this flying Czechoslovakian bicycle electric helicopter thing.
Aviation buffs are going to want to get their hands on one of these for their man caves this summer. It's a 1:6 scale Hughes MD 500 helicopter that, courtesy of its upside-down landing on your ceiling, allows its propellers to cool you off.
At the end of WWII, a single pregnant brown tree snake stowed away on a military transport from Papua New Guinea to Guam. 65 years later, two million snakes are eating everything on the island that moves, and the USDA is trying to fight them off by parachuting dead mice stuffed with aspirin out of helicopters.
The military, since it has bigger sticks than everyone else, always gets its hands on all the coolest toys before the rest of us do. Eventually, military tech does make its way into the civilian market, and in about five years, you'll be able to buy your very own commuter-sized version of the V-22 Osprey planeocopter.