MadSci Network: Biophysics

Re: can i hold onto and hang from the leg of a helicopter if it is moving

Date: Wed Jun 20 13:01:49 2007
Posted By: Gary Treistman, Undergraduate, Gen. Knowl. Dept., Programming Technologies
Area of science: Biophysics
ID: 1177765831.Bp

There are no special physics behind holding onto the leg of a helicopter.

The helicopter flys by virtue of the reaction force occurring from its throwing air down at a prodigous rate.

Holding onto a leg of a helicopter will result in the helicopter having your weight added to it, but otherwise if the helicopter is powerful enough it will just lift you with it.

It doesn't make any difference whether you are inside the cabin of the 'copter or hanging off its leg.

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