Saturday, 28 May 2005
quote [ The European company Eurocopter has broken a world record by landing a helicopter on the summit of Mount Everest, the company said.
May 27, 2005 14: 00 EST
Amidst all Everest statistics, expedition politics and weather debates - sometimes an expedition comes out of nowhere and puts all the magic back. The Everest mystery chopper did just that ]
WOW! Good video.
He used a high tech flight suit, big balls, and a conventional chopper but took out 120kg's of 'comforts'.
ASTARS are amazing machines.[sci&tech] [by nico33@12:52amGMT] [+7 Interesting]
said @ 4:14am GMT on 28th May
The Eurocopter may have set the world record, but the brings FREEDOM!
said @ 4:28am GMT on 28th May
said @ 4:57am GMT on 28th May
free the opressed peoples of mt. everest!
said @ 11:28am GMT on 28th May
Sir Edmund Hillary
said @ 4:53am GMT on 28th May
FUCK, FUCK, FUCK! why didn't I think of that?!
said @ 8:12am GMT on 28th May
Eurocopters suck arse
where the bells at, Nigguh.
said @ 11:15am GMT on 28th May
Whatever. AirWolf could have done it, but they didn't feel like it.
said @ 5:14pm GMT on 28th May
I heard from somebody that Knight Rider drove up there like 15 years ago
said @ 11:40am GMT on 28th May
Where's the +1 OMFG tag?
What many of you fail to realize is... at 8800m, the air is so thin that the rotors have nearly nothing to grab on to, and hovering is like trying to balance a plate on a stick. And not one of those spinning plates like in the movies, but more like that turkey plate that your mom used to use before it all went bad, and Dad went on his bender and then the litigation and restraining orders and property settlements meant that the plate was wrapped up in a box for 17 years, and then finally sold at an estate sale because the lawyers had eaten up all the money and there was nothing left except the stick, and you didn't even have a plate left to balance on it at all. Really high up.
Yeah, actually almost exactly like that.
The pilot probably had to be castrated, since his balls would clearly have been too big and too heavy to fit into the cockpit. MAN, does that guy have balls. Well, someone has his balls, at least. They are probably hanging somewhere and being used as churchbells. And, take into account the winds and weather changing so fast at that altitude. He would be milking that differential like a teenager with a new Hustler.
/flew choppers 20 years ago, and am seriously impressed
said @ 2:28pm GMT on 28th May
I was wondering when someone would comment about how impressive this is. I watched an interview with the pilot and he seemed like one of those calm, cool, easy-going types.
Like the saying goes, "there are old pilots, and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots".
I got over 200 hrs in choppers one summer, looking at trees while doing forestry work in BC, slinging gear...
Those 5 bladed ASTARS are in their own class as far as lift and how smooth and stable they are.
AND, he did it again the next day in order to confirm the record.
said @ 3:40am GMT on 29th May
So now I'll go to Everest. ASTAR saves me the climb.