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Over 3 million lives have been saved by helicopters in both peacetime and wartime operations since the first person was rescued from the sea in 1944. Highest altitude made in a helicopter was 40,820ft (12,442m) on 21, June 1972 in a Aerospatiale Lama and the Pilot was Jean Bouet from France.
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The United States military is another large employer of helicopter pilots, who are used in both combat and transportation roles. Due to the complexity of helicopter aviation, employers are allowed to reject applicants based on weight. Extremely overweight individuals can affect a helicopter's lift and drag, making it unsafe.