Could James Bond REALLY fly a helicopter upside down?September 28, 2016 0 By 007 Travelers
Could James Bond REALLY fly a helicopter upside down?
|Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC|
Leading scientists and engineers have studied stunts in James Bond films.
“SPECTRE” (2015) had everyone talking when a helicopter, presumably with Bond in the cockpit, performs a 360° corkscrew stunt.
Helicopter pilot Mike Buckley from the British Airline Pilots Association says that it is possible to fly a helicopter upside down for a short period of time.
‘Helicopter pilots are highly trained and this footage appears to be a Bo105 undertaking a very skilled manoeuvre with an expert pilot at the controls.’
Bond, being Bond, has obviously undergone rigorous training.
Buckley explains the Bo105 has a rigid rotor head which makes it possible to fly these amazing routines.
‘The Westland Lynx, as flown by the UK Army Air Corps and the Royal Navy, also has a rigid head and is often seen in air shows around the UK doing rolls and occasionally loops,’ he says.
Buckley admits it’s difficult to tell if this footage is a real flight or a CGI recreation, because the film makers may have filmed a real flight and tinkered with the images afterwards.
‘There are strict rules about low flying, so if it is real footage, the backdrop [of the city] may have been added later,’ he says.
Source: James Bond 007: 7 Bond stunts – E & T Magazine
Spectre’s upside-down helicopter: POSSIBLE
About The Author
Pirita and Mika travel around the world searching for James Bond filming locations. Since 2010.