If you’re ever wondering why the USFS doesn’t get funding for anything….

  1. "Unanticipated vibrations"? Seriously? Bro, have you even helicoptered before? Either no one involved knew a single thing about helicopters or the entire project with a bunch of yes men too afraid to tell some higher up how stupid their idea was. This is like something a 5 year old would draw.

  2. That may be the craziest part of this whole thing. It was built with direct input from one of the pioneers of modern helicoptering, Frank Piasecki. When it was built in 1986 the dude had just shy of 50 years worth of rotorcraft design experience. To be fair they managed a few successful test flights prior to the accident, but the phenomenon that caused the failure was reasonably well documented so should have been mitigated for.

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