Who Says Helicopters Can't Be Art?

Art is inherently subjective. What someone sees in a piece of art is completely different from another person.

When we look at aircraft, we see master craftsmanship. The rotors, cockpit, skids, and tailrotor of a helicopter collectively look like flying art, with the same level of design and utilitarian consideration as any high-art sculpture.

Resembling an insect, this green Bell-47d1 helicopter was the first rotorcraft designed in America for civilian use in 1945. The structural nature, bubble-like plastic fa├žade, lengthy hind tailrotor lends a look of lightness and buoyancy to the aircraft. The helicopter is suspended at New York's Museum of Modern Art, surrounded by the likes of Picasso, Kusama, Brancusi, and Whitten.

Contemporary rotorcraft resemble the same framework, though are more advanced in design and capability. Helicopters like the Sikorsky S-76 C++, Dauphin, and Bell 407 are used on BLADE-arranged flights, but are all derived from this simple and beautiful Bell-47d1.