A rarely witnessed helicopter mating ritual.
Until 1977, scientists were uncertain of how helicopters reproduced. Some theorized that because mating had never been recorded and helicopters lack visible genitalia, that they were actually a phase in the development of another species that had been miscategorized. The “Navy” helicopters depicted above are two seaters, capable of carrying two Naval crewmen, usually a pilot (Naval Aviator) and a subordinate (Seaman or Seaman First Class).
This 1978 photograph by Larry Nork changed the way we see helicopters forever. In the image, two helicopters can clearly be seen in precoital contact or “Foreplay” which Nork described as a brief precursor to the actual mating, or “Aftplay” in which the male Navy helicopter turned and the deposited his Seaman into the female’s cockpit. The seaman then develops into a Naval Aviator and is soon capable of piloting a newborn helicopter.
For more on helicopter nursing and juvenile phases, click here.
This photo is actually from a series that Nork produced, entitled “From Conception to Conflict: A Year In The Life Of Wild Rotors”. In it, he detailed the vicious fighting between the young in a ‘copter nest, and documented the way that it would often cause collateral damage among neighbouring species of animal, and indeed among human populations too. Until Nork’s groundbreaking series, there had been no actual evidence of attacks on humans by helicopters, but Nork provided us with the proof were needed to starting hunting them down. We honor Larry Nork, and hope that his soul found more peace than his body did after being caught by the mother helicopter.
Whale-Summoner. We meet again.
You’re completely wrong as usual. Nork was a Helicopter enthusiast and lover of the species. His documentation was unbiased and to claim it for your disgusting side of this argument is ignorant and offensive. Let’s look at the real Larry Nork, shall we?
But he never advocated actively hunting or culling choppers, nor did his research show any collateral damage from the ‘playing’
of young helicopters within the nest. That research was done by Augustus A. Aeronard and is well known to be forged by the hunting industrial complex.