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Interesting Helicopter and Fixed-wing Facts for Tuscaloosa, AL

In 1951, an American aeronautical engineer Charles Kaman modified his Kaman K-225 helicopter with the turboshaft engine. This modified Kaman K-225 became the world's first gas turbine-powered helicopter. The introduction of turboshaft engines to helicopters enabled the creation of faster, larger, reliable and efficient helicopters.

Fun Helicopter and Airplane Facts for Tuscaloosa, AL

The Germans used helicopters for artillery spotting on the Russian front in WWII. The Germans also built and perfected a rotor-kite (helicopter with no engine) that was towed behind a U-Boat to increase the range at which targets could be spotted. (Since it had no power, there was no torque, and no need for a tailrotor.)