Video: S-56 blade bending in flight

Feb 19, 2016 | by Sérgio Costa
Remember the video of the Mi-8 rotor blade in-flight? No? Go see it, then. There's some more slow-motion goodness. An S-56 rotor blade bending while in flight.

The S-56 (also known as the Sikorsky CH-37 Mojave), was born in the 1950's and was one of the large piston engines ever made. It was retired about 10 years later and gave way to helicopters such as the CH-53 Sea Stallion.

In the video you can see the rotor blade as it cuts through the air. One can imagine the immense forces at which the rotor blades are subject to.

Thanks to Nick Bates for pointing it out.

S-56 blade bending in flight

Sérgio Costa

About Sérgio Costa

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for nearly 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it was to control them. Since then he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer, trying his best not to crash and kill all his virtual passengers. Sérgio is HeliSimmer's editor and writer and one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series and Podcast produced together with YouTubers Bel Geode and NovaWing24, obviously dedicated to flight simulation.

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