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Horizon: The Chopper


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Helicopter: helix - spiral; pterona wing. To the pioneers it looked easy, but it's not. The development of a machine that could screw itself into the air vertically has been fraught with difficulty and danger. It did not really begin until about 1940, yet only 25 years later the helicopter was the main-stay of the US Army in Vietnam. In the cryptic terminology of GIs a disabled helicopter 'glides like a grand piano'; and a number of recent accidents have tragically underlined the vulnerability of this unlikely and extraordinarily complex flying machine.

But now the helicopter is on the verge of a major change in the layout of its controls and rotor systems which should make helicopters of the future safer, faster, larger and, for the US Army that pays the bills, more deadly. Tonight Horizon lifts off in search of the secrets of vertical flight, and finds an unfulfilled dream we now call 'the chopper'.

Film editor COLIN JONES
Horizon editor GRAHAM MASSEY
Written and produced by PATRICK UDEN


Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Film Editor: Colin Jones
"Horizon" Editor: Graham Massey
Written and Produced by: Patrick Uden

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