On This Day, 1957: Dwight Eisenhower Became the First President to Fly in a Helicopter


[VIDEO] OH YES HE DID: Gyrocopter Lands in Front of U.S. Capitol, Pilot in Custody

A member of the Capitol Police inspects a gyrocopter after it landed at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. One person was detained by authorities and streets were closed near the incident.

[VIDEO] Weapons of Mass Instruction

In celebration of World Book Day (today!) 7UP commissioned Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff to construct one of his famous book tanks.

Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff Converts 1979 Ford Falcon into an Armored Tank Weaponized with 900 Free Books


In this case he began with a stripped down 1979 Ford Falcon which he used to build a new roving library on wheels with an exterior framework capable of carrying 900 free books.


Lemesoff refers to his militaristic bibliothecas as Weapons of Mass Instruction, and he drives them around the streets of Argentina giving free books to anyone who wants one, as long as they promise to read it.


Watch the video above to see it all come together. (via Designboom)




Blood in the Water: Media Critics Circle Brian Williams, Challenge NBC Anchor’s Job


“Unlike the Chinook helicopter he rode in, Brian Williams credibility is completely shot.”

— The Butcher, punditfromanotherplanet

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — NBCNightly News” anchor Brian Williams apologized Wednesday for incorrectly claiming as recently as last week that he rode on a helicopter that came under enemy fire when he was reporting in Iraq in 2003.


“If credibility means anything to NBC News, Brian Williams will no longer be managing editor and anchor of the evening newscast by the end of the day Friday.” 

— Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik

Instead, Williams said, he was in another helicopter trailing a Chinook that actually was hit. He apologized on “Nightly News” for getting it wrong.

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[Also see Michelle Malkin’s Lead Story, February 4, 2015]

The embarrassing admission came after a story in the Stars & Stripes newspaper The Robin Hood Foundation's 2014 Benefit - Insidepointing out the discrepancy. Williams had made the claim on the air last Friday during a story about Tim Terpak, an Army officer who he had befriended when Terpak was assigned to protect the NBC crew.

“Brian Williams has to go. NBC’s credibility is completely shot.”

— Brent Bozell, founder of Media Research Center

Williams reported on “Nightly News” that he had gone with Terpak to a New York Rangers hockey game. They were introduced to the audience by the public address announcer, who also repeated the claim that Williams’ helicopter had been hit.

“This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and by extension our brave military men and women, veterans everywhere, those who have served while I did not,” Williams said on the air Wednesday. “I hope they know they have my greatest respect and also now my apology.”

“It’s hard to see how Williams gets past this, and how he survives as the face of NBC News…”

Stars & Stripes quoted Lance Reynolds, the flight engineer on the crew that rode with Williams, as saying that “it felt like a personal experience that someone else wanted to participate in and didn’t deserve to participate in.”


The newspaper said Williams’ helicopter traveled about an hour behind the aircraft that actually took fire.

“An anchor’s No. 1 requirement is that he or she has credibility. If we don’t believe what an anchor tells us, what’s the point?”

— USA Today media columnist Rem Rieder

In a Facebook response to service members who had pointed out the mistake, Williams said that “I spent much of the weekend thinking I’d gone crazy.”

Despite the apology, some media critics are wondering if NBC News should let Williams go. Read the rest of this entry »

BREAKING: Iraqi Helicopter Carrying Aid to Yazidi Refugees Stranded on Sinjar Mountain Crashes Killing Pilot, Injuring 20 Evacuees


Source: Mail Online, report by Sam Greenhill and David Williams

12:47 EST, 12 August 2014 | Updated: 19:56 EST, 12 August 2014…developing…

A rescue helicopter crashed yesterday when it tried to take off with too many Iraqi refugees on board.

[See also – Dramatic Helicopter Rescue: with the Yazidis on Mt Sinjar, Iraq]

The pilot died and several children were injured in the drama on Mount Sinjar, where Yazidi and Christian civilians are besieged by Islamic State maniacs.

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[VIDEO] REWIND: The Fall of Saigon


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H/t – Doug Potratz, Reclaim Our Republic, Brittius.com


Seattle Looks At Helipad Rules After Deadly Crash


The news helicopter had just stopped at a helipad to refuel on its way to another assignment when it crashed and burst into flames yards from the Space Needle in the heart of Seattle, killing the two men on board and seriously injuring a third man who was on fire when he escaped from his car.

It may be months before federal investigators know what caused the chopper to plummet at a busy intersection, setting three vehicles ablaze and spewing burning fuel down the street during the Tuesday morning commute.

“It was just a fireball. The whole thing burst into flames. I saw people running from their cars.”

The KOMO-TV flight was one of many helicopter flights that take off and land in Seattle’s downtown. Mayor Ed Murray said officials would review rules for helicopter pads in the city to determine if any changes need to be made.

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News Helicopter Crash Near Seattle Center, Two Killed


Two people have been killed after a KOMO news helicopter crashed on top of at least three vehicles outside Seattle Center Tuesday morning and caught fire. A third person was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. in the 400 block of Broad Street next to Fisher Plaza, which is home to KOMO.

Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

The photographer was identified as Bill Strothman, who worked for several years at KOMO and whose son also works there. The name of the pilot has not yet been released.

“Not only were the cars on fire, the fuel running down the street was on fire.”

— Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore

Bo Bain, a construction worker, said he saw the helicopter land and stay on the pad for about a minute or two.

“When he went to take back off, the sound of the helicopter changed kind of drastically and I looked and the helicopter was almost immediately pitched sideways and off balance and he kind of nose-dove over the trees and clipped the top of the trees and crashed on the other side of the street,” said Bain. Read the rest of this entry »