xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 31 12:33 AM
Mar 31, 2009: Hotelicopter
For those of you uneffected by the economic turmoil and are looking for a way to spend the lumps out your mattress, here you go.
Length: 42 m (137 ft)
Height: 28m (91 ft)
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 105850 kg (232,870 lb)
Maximum speed: 255 km/h (137 kt) (158 miles/h)
Cruising speed: 237 km/h (127 kt) (147 miles/h)
Original Mi Range: 515 km (320 mi)
Our augmented Mi Range - 1,296 km (700 mi)
Hotelicopter is supposed to start service this Summer with an Inaugural Summer Tour(east coast US), California Tour and European Tour, so book your flight and up your life insurance making the Cellar tip jar the beneficiary.
Undertoad Tuesday Mar 31 02:25 AM
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 31 03:32 AM
I've seen plenty of pictures of the Mil V-12 in the museum, but the second one did not crash. It had a minor accident bending the wheel/landing gear in 1968 and I've no idea what they did with it after the plans for production were canceled.
I'm not familiar with the Yotel chain, but they could have the same designer/supplier... or simply stole the design.
Farley not responding is weak because they don't give a time frame, like "the defendant didn't respond to our inquiries by press time".
So Wired might be right, I hope so, but, "the story has a few holes big enough to fly the Hotelicopter through.", is certainly hyperbole.
Sundae Tuesday Mar 31 04:05 AM
Great. There go my plans for the summer.
TheMercenary Tuesday Mar 31 04:49 AM
That thing is huge. Not something I want to fly in. I doubt auto-rotation could be achieve in that big assed rock.
Beestie Tuesday Mar 31 04:52 AM
The blades look too small to lift that behemoth.
spudcon Tuesday Mar 31 08:40 AM
I hope you got permission to post that picture of Barney Frank.
floatingk Tuesday Mar 31 09:53 AM
Sheldonrs Tuesday Mar 31 09:53 AM
sweetwater Tuesday Mar 31 09:56 AM
It looks like the space shuttle and a Chinook helicopter had some sort of unholy mating.
birdclaw Tuesday Mar 31 10:12 AM
What a waste of a helicopter. I mean those things are meant for quickness and mobility. Not rich people sleeping quarters.
Undertoad Tuesday Mar 31 11:07 AM
The pictures look like what good digital artists are capable of rendering these days. But it's all just a little too perfect. The lighting is utterly uniform. The other elements in the shots, like the two accompanying helicopters, are almost cartoonish. I find even the placement of the people in shot 4 to be bogus-feeling. The clouds look like a decision to not show it in sunlight where more detail would have to come out, and the rendered fuzziness would seem fake. The jetway in Bruce's shot above looks particularly suspect, the letters on it appear to be anti-aliased (which doesn't happen in real life) and unweathered.
Bullitt Tuesday Mar 31 11:29 AM
According to the ever accurate Wikipedia posting for that helicopter model, one was retained by the manufacturing plant while the other went to the museum. The website for that "hotelicopter" states they obtained theirs from said factory. So that part checks out... in theory. But that said all the "photos" look like 3D renderings with just a little too much gloss and reflection added to make it look more real. Also the purported video of it "in action" is way too smooth at certain points to make it even remotely believable.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 31 11:33 AM
All the pictures are artist's renderings, as I would expect from someone trying to entice people to part with large sums of money. The whole thing reeks of a scam, a physical impossibility, but after Branson's Space Plane, who knows.
Undertoad Tuesday Mar 31 11:36 AM
All the pictures are artist's renderings
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Mar 31 11:43 AM
If the pictures are real, they've been photoshopped enough to make HDR look like tintypes.
spudcon Tuesday Mar 31 12:37 PM
Kind of reminds me of this...
glatt Tuesday Mar 31 12:53 PM
Was this an April Fool's story that somebody let out too early?
newtimer Tuesday Mar 31 01:54 PM
"The Soviets only built two. One crashed in 1968..."
Kolbenfresser Tuesday Mar 31 02:25 PM
Chopper on googlemaps in Moscow?
I checked googlemaps for "Panki-Tomilino", and look what I found at 55.66733,37.932057
limey Tuesday Mar 31 04:34 PM
A quick search for the Russian words helicopter hotel reveal nothing ...
Gravdigr Tuesday Mar 31 06:02 PM
That "Hotelicopter" pic looks SO fake, I'm not even going to comment...Wait, damn!
Clodfobble Tuesday Mar 31 06:09 PM
For the record, even if it is real--that all-white glossy plastic furniture in the rooms is not what I would call "five-star." Luxury, indeed.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Apr 1 12:39 AM