Helicopters, the so-called flying windmills of Korean War fame, and elsewhere, are a growing sight over most big American cities.
HELICOPTER IN AIR. FALLS INTO WATER.
HELICOPTER TURNS AROUND IN WATER.
HELICOPTER TAKES OFF.
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Background: Helicopters, the so-called flying windmills of Korean War fame, and elsewhere, are a growing sight over most big American cities. And a seven-ton land-based helicopter, the Vertol 44 has developed a new safety wrinkle.
This outsize in helicopters, although designed for flight over land, has now been equipped to land on water as well. With a sealed fuselage and special floats this 'plane, dubbed the "Work Horse", can make an effective - if somewhat ungainly - landing on any body of water at a speed of 30 knots.
The "Work Horse" rides the water like a duck....and can be handled like a boat in landings and take-offs.
The Vertol 44 has passed all its tests and will be ready for commercial and passenger use this summer.