Just look at this photo. On the highest mountain in North America, surrounded by stunning snowy scenery and beneath a sun halo, sits a 50-year-old tandem rotor heavy lift helicopter equipped with ski landing gear.
The Pentagon first started to dream up the CH-47 Chinook in the 1950s. That's dinosaur time—but the dual-rotor bird still has some completely insane powers by today's standards.
The Pentagon's got some nice heads to stick on the proverbial pike: CENTCOM's General John Allen claims an F-16 airstrike killed the Taliban RPG gunners who blew up a SEAL-filled helicopter last week. How? The old-fashioned way: huge explosion.
What you are looking at here may not exist, but it's likely to be the stealth heavy transport helicopter that carried backup SEAL commandos in the final hunt for Osama bin Laden. It looks appropriately powered by ninja stars.
Click to viewMy new Tandem Z1 Chinook finally arrived. And guess what? Two rotors and proper six-way control actually does equal twice the crashes. At least while starting out, anyway— just like a real helicopter these things are a bugger to learn to control. Balancing throttle, forward, backwards, turning and the…