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The World's Biggest Transport Chopper Can Hoist a 737 With Ease

Posted November 16, 2012 8:19 AM

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Our need for resources is driving development of some of the world's most remote regions. So how do we get the heavy machinery needed to explore areas where roads exist only as dotted lines on a map? You use a helicopter the size of a jumbo jet.

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11/16/2012 11:07 PM

Typical Gizmodo:

Even the smallest -100 series 737 empty weight is 62,000 pounds (28,100 kg) considerably more than the lift capacity of the Mi-26 44,000 pounds (20,000 kg). I guess the author simply looked at the MTOW subtracted the empty weight and forgot you need fuel and a crew in addition to the cargo you are lifting.

Never mind calling the rotor a propeller.

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11/17/2012 10:31 PM

Well, the rotor does make it go.

It is actually an airfoil, and so is a prop.

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11/18/2012 6:30 PM

True, most propellers are airfoils as well, but go to Ft. Rucker, AL and call the big whirly thing a propeller . . . .

. . . you will probably be informed as to the proper vernacular in aviation conversations. Or something like that.

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11/18/2012 8:30 PM

I know, I know.

Cyclic; collective/throttle etc.

Just sayin'.

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11/18/2012 8:42 PM

Yep, I know you know. Just having fun. Cheers !!

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11/19/2012 10:54 AM

Call me a rotor head all ya want...

Call me a propeller head and I get cranky!!

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11/19/2012 1:13 PM

Frankly,

That's the first time I've ever heard a rotor referred to as a prop.

Probably be the last, too.

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11/19/2012 1:24 PM

I've lost count of the times I've tried to correct "journalists" on the finer points of helicopters vrs airplanes. And even between helicopters, the most aggravating being when they call a Marine CH-46 Sea Knight a Chinook.

Besides I don't see why they make a big deal of that Halo sling loading a Chinook. Even a Chinook can sling load a Chinook!

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