Sunday, October 2, 2022


Have you ever ridden in a helicopter?

It used to be a very special occasion if you got to ride in a helicopter. Now it seems like every popular city and tourist destination is offering helicopter tours – and you can even get a Groupon deal!

Have you ever ridden in a helicopter? Was it for work? Were you in the military? An emergency? Was it one of these tours we’re talking about? Please tell us about it in the comments below the poll.

If you want to go on a helicopter tour, these are the ones that Tripadvisor users say are the best.


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Heather Smith
11 months ago

The best rides are in those old helicopters that have just the huge glass in front that is curved all the way around and down to your feet. Man – talk about stomach dropping – especially when you soar over the edge of cliff and then suddenly you see nothing but air below your feet!

11 months ago

We did it all the time during the southeast Asia war games in which our team was compelled/forced by liberal politicians to accept second place.

11 months ago
Reply to  Donn

Donn, reloading an M-16 while sitting on your helmet. And we got paid for it!

Neal Davis
11 months ago

I have had several opportunities to take sight-seeing trips on a helicopter and have refused. I did recently buy a drone outfitted with a camera, so I can enjoy some of the view from way up in the sky without actually going there. I also am not keen on flying commercial (or smaller) airplanes, which is part of the reason that I RV; traveling on land is by far the most comfortable way for me to travel. Besides, my wife always shares with me the pictures that she takes during all her helicopter rides.

Jan Kuester
11 months ago

My first ride was an Italian Navy chopper. That came to pick me up for dinner from the USNS Mercy during Desert Shield. I was stationed in Naples for 4 years and was fluent in la bella lingua Italiano. It was a fun and excellent meal.

My last ride was an open door ride to view the 2018 eruption near my home on the Big Island. It was fascinating but very cold.

11 months ago

I used to fly them.

11 months ago

US Army 1966-1972

11 months ago

My job required me to fly at least 6 times a year… great perk!!

Victor Short
11 months ago

Uncle Sam invited me on many flights

Jan Kuester
11 months ago
Reply to  Victor Short

😂 me, too- but probably not as many as you😉

Diane Mc
11 months ago

Only for fun. Once in Hawaii. Spectacular. Another time in Australia. We were there visiting friends & husband was participating in a vintage race. One of the other racers had a helicopter (had a service where he used it) and took us for a ride.

Charmienne Pohlman
11 months ago

Too many times to count. I was the Chief Flight Instructor & Owner of a helicopter flight School. Also flew photo, agricultural, ferry & scenic flights.

Steve I
11 months ago

Flew in 5 different models in the Marine Corps!!! Even worked and flew in Marine One for several years as Avionics, 1st mech and Crew Chief!!

Jeff Craig
11 months ago

I’m retired Navy – been in plenty of them over the years.

Retired Firefighter Tom
11 months ago

First time was back in 1983 when we [wife, 3-year-old son, and I] flew in a helicopter to see Mount Rushmore on a short 8-minute flight. in 2017 the wife and I flew over [close to Kilauea] Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii. Both were fantastic and well worth the expense and experience.

Major Eric
11 months ago

I have flown in a helicopter many times in the Army for a variety of reasons. The most frequent flights were as a Field Artillery Forward Observer.

11 months ago

I was a flight nurse for 20 years. I can’t say how many missions but lots of lives saved and a few close calls. I am retired from one of the best jobs in the world

Steven Fry
11 months ago

3 times, all short flights, and all in CA. One time in Riverside, once in Norco, and once in Long Beach.

Alan Wika
11 months ago

Not only flew in them in the Army but my last parachute jump was out of one when I was in Alaska. U.S. Army Airborne!

Jack P
11 months ago

I’ve been up a few times on tours and in search and rescue missions, but definitely became anxious in the Russian Arctic (Franz Joseph Land) in a Russian bird transporting us to shore. All well and good until the windshield started fogging and the pilot pulled out a battery powered fan, used some duct tape to hang it from the ceiling, then held the fan to direct the air flow toward the windshield to partially clear it so he could see where we were going. Did not instill confidence in the helicopter or pilot, though he had obviously used this option before.

11 months ago

Both military and private

Mel Jones
11 months ago

I was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam war and for 15 years following. So many thousands of hours flying.

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