This helicopter can't fly again anytime soon.

Spectators captured a nasty crash by a helicopter from Red Bull’s impressive fleet of aircraft. The incident on May 24 happened as the chopper was landing and clipped the side of a building. The accident didn’t cause any injuries, but the helicopter incurred serious damage.


Red Bull’s 1954 North American T-28B "Trojan" plane and Bell Cobra TAH-1F helicopter were performing for the annual opening of the suspension bridge in Reutte, Austria. The video below shows some of the chopper’s stunts while trailing smoke, including loops and low-level flying. 

After these death-defying moves, the helicopter came in for a landing. Just after reaching the ground, the chopper slid towards the hangar, and the blades clipped the building. The crash completely destroyed the rotors, but the craft’s fuselage appeared largely unmarred by the accident.


According to The Mirror, Red Bull Flying Bulls pilot Siegfried "Blacky" Schwarz was flying at the time and described the incident as a “parking mistake.” Schwarz is the flight operations manager and chief pilot of helicopters for the squadron. He’s a former rescue pilot and the only Austrian with a civilian license for helicopter aerobatics. His online profile cites the Cobra as one of his favourite machines in the Red Bull fleet.

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The TAH-1F is a modernized version of an attack helicopter dating from the Vietnam War. The example in the Flying Bulls' fleet packs an 1,800-horsepower turbine engine that lets the chopper reach 300 kilometres per hour. Its small size makes the aircraft quite agile, too.

The Red Bull Flying Bulls consists of one of the most impressive collection of aircraft imaginable. Highlights include World War 2 era planes like a P-38 Lighning fighter and B-25 bomber. Plus, the crew has a fleet of four demilitarized Fairchild Dornier Alpha Jets – two of which the company bought from the German Luftwaffe. 

Source: The Mirror, Johannes Menhard, FailsForFriends, Brandolf85 via YouTube

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