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Photos: NASA Conducts Crash Test of Chopper Body

NASA Test Helicopter

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NASA's Langley Research Center engineers are scheduled to crash test a former Marine helicopter at the historic Landing and Impact Research facility. The fuselage is painted in black polka dots as part of a high speed photographic technique.

Crash Test Dummies

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The dummies will test seatbelts and other technologies during a crash test in which the helicopter will be dropped from a height of about 30 feet.

Final Prep Work

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Preparations for crash testing an aircraft can take years and incredibly complex.

Chopper Gets a Lift

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Minutes before the test drop on Wednesday, Aug. 28, the helicopter body was pulled 30 feet into the air.

Why The Spots?

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One side of the chopper was painted white with black polka dots so that researchers can reconstruct the crash using images taken by high-speed cameras on the ground.

Impact

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The airframe used in the test was once part of a CH-46 Sea Knight owned by the U.S. Marine Corps. This screen grab was taken when the chopper hit the ground on Aug. 28.

Crash Inspection

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Researchers and firefighters do a preliminary check on the damage moments after the crash test.

Test Dummies

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The aftermath of the test crash.

Dummies Down

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There were 13 instrumented dummies and two uninstrumented manikins inside the craft.