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What would happen if I bank a helicopter then pull hard on the cyclic?

I've seen some pretty radical videos of piloting by Chuck Aaron, but I've not seen a helicopter perform a forward inversion (either by a flip or an inverted loop). I've seen helicopters invert backwards and perform rolls, but not in the forward axis.

Would such a manoeuvre be possible?

  • $\begingroup$ I bet it's doable, question may be : How big can such a mechanic using rigid rotor head be scaled up? $\endgroup$ – qq jkztd Jan 8 '18 at 11:44
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    $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate of Why do helicopters not roll over when flying forwards? $\endgroup$ – Pondlife Jan 8 '18 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ I've never seen Chuck do a full loop, from what I've seen he kind of twists out of it which keeps him from completely losing the load on his rotors (though he hits low-g for sure). Helicopters are basically very big pendulums, and when the balance of that pendulum is upset, bad things can happen. But yeah I mean, I think I did something like that in FSX. I know I did a barrel roll in a huey one time that was hilarious $\endgroup$ – Noah Wood Jan 22 '18 at 9:50

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