Experiments

Take Out Helicopter With A Stamp

posted: 04/11/12
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Finding: BUSTED

Explanation: Upon fan request, the MythBusters test-flew a myth involving a postage stamp that supposedly sent a helicopter into a tailspin. According to the MythBusters message boards, putting a postage stamp on a helicopter blade could disrupt the rotors and cause the aircraft to crash.

To play it safe, MythBusters Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci first tried affixing a stamp to a remote-controlled model helicopter rotor — and nothing happened. It actually took a whopping 8,000 of the sticky squares to bring down the model's spinning blades.

For full-scale verification, the MythBusters took two helicopter flights once without a stamp on the rotor and once with to compare the blade balance. Sure enough, the stamp didn't upset the helicopter blades in the slightest, grounding the busted myth.

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