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Helicopter Facts for Blytheville, AR
In 1937 German designer Heinrich Focke built an aircraft with two huge variable pitch rotors instead of wings and achieved a controlled hover. Months later, German Anton Flettner built the first true helicopter.
If the engine of the helicopter stops, the rotor continues to spin allowing the machine to slowly land, generally without crashing to the ground.
Fun Helicopter and Airplane Facts for Blytheville, AR
Control was achieved by using auxiliary wings or servo-tabs on the trailing edges of the blades, a concept that was later adopted by other helicopter designers, including Bleeker and Kaman.
Helicopters were developed and built during the first half-century of flight, with the Focke-Wulf Fw 61 being the first operational helicopter in 1936.