Category: rotorcraft

“Pilots take no particular joy in walking. Pilots like flying.”

—Neil Armstrong

Frank McCarthy poster art for You Only Live Twice, 1967.

Autogyro plane in Burbank, California, 1931.

“An Erickson Air-Crane, Inc. helicopter climbs away on an Autonomous Landing and Hazard Avoidance Technology LIDAR test flight from NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center.” (NASA)

John Richards illustrates the cover of Authentic Science Fiction Monthly, May 1955.

A Navy helicopter hoists Gemini 12 astronaut Buzz Aldrin out of the water, November 15, 1966.

February 9, 1971 – A U.S. Navy helicopter scoops up Apollo 14 astronaut Stu Roosa after he splashed down in the Pacific Ocean along with moonwalkers Ed Mitchell and Alan Shepard. (NASA)

TODAY IN HISTORY: – On August 29, 1965, after splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean, Gemini 5 astronaut Gordon Cooper is hoisted up to a U.S. Navy helicopter. (NASA)

August 7, 1971 – Apollo 15 astronauts Dave Scott, Al Worden, and Jim Irwin return to Earth after a mission to the Moon that lasted 12 days, 7 hours, 11 minutes, 53 seconds. (NASA)

A helicopter lands on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as fire rages in the surrounding hills, May 12, 1961. (USC Digital Library)