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The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« on: January 19, 2021, 12:13:18 PM »
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In this case, I learned that (thanks to Sikorsky, no surprise) the US had a functioning military helicopter helping out during WW2's Burma campaign. (Flown by Britain thanks to Lend-Lease. It showed up some other areas, too, like Navy S&R.)
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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2021, 12:39:55 PM »
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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2021, 01:22:46 PM »
That is awesome.
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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2021, 08:13:15 PM »
There is a WW2 German helicopter in the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum when I visited it 5 or so years ago.  I don't know if it was used in combat.

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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2021, 09:41:41 AM »
I knew they were developing one -- I saw a short doc on it (maybe from the same producer, he has two or three channels) a few years ago, seems like it was being developed in the alps somewhere? But I don't recall them getting it into service, no.
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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2021, 12:09:53 PM »
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Achgelis_Fa_223

This particular helicopter was the first helicopter to cross the English Channel, September 6, 1945.


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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2021, 01:57:59 PM »
I remember seeing this one at the Smithsonian, but its more of a heli-kite; towed by the U-boats.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Focke-Achgelis_Fa_330

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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2021, 11:54:10 AM »
Oh, cool, I didn't know about that unpowerered gyrocopter thing deployed by a U-boat! That's pretty clever!
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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2021, 02:19:56 PM »
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Re: The first helicopter used in military operations (in WW2?!)
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2021, 07:01:26 PM »
Or the rotary collective/cyclical version of a towed parasail!
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Dawn of Armageddon -- a narrative AAR for Dawn of War: Soulstorm: Ultimate Apocalypse: The Hunt Begins: Insert Joke Here!

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