Watch This RC Top Gun Pilot His Helicopter Through Impossible Maneuvers

Carl Groover is the Maverick of RC helicopters. He does things with a miniature chopper that seem to defy the laws of gravity and physics. It will seriously blow your mind, and not just because you lost an hour of sleep this weekend.

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Carl is helping Smarter Every Day with a series of videos that take a look at the physics behind how a helicopter stays aloft. But this intro only serves to show off his amazing piloting skills. By the end of it you'll be less interested in how a helicopter works, and more curious how many RC helicopters Carl has wrecked while honing his skills. [Smarter Every Day via The Awesomer]

DISCUSSION

brainfarth
Brainfarth

A few years back I bought a 3D 450 RTF. I charged it and fired it up in my front room. I had only planned on running a few pre-flight tests on it. The rotor was turning a fairly slow RPM when I couldnt figure out what the loosley converted chinese to english instuctions meant. I set the remote down and re-read the page when I heard a beep-beep-beep come from the heli. I looked over the top of the booklet to find the heli kicking up to high (3000 RPM). It launched off the ground and smashed into my right hand then hit the wall to my side. My hand was broken and so was my new toy. Since I had the rotors in motion, I kicked the heli into 3D mode when I set the remote down and it fliipped a switch. They are definately not kids toys, but I sure feel like a kid when I play with them.