Ever since 1936, helicopters have evolved in many different ways from the initial model in the Focke Wulf FW61 was first produced in 1942 with more than 130 helicopters. But the idea of being able to build an aircraft that can take off and land vertically was pondered for a much longer time period – dating back to 400 B.C. with Chinese toys made of bamboo after rolling a stick connected with a rotor.
The design continued in the late 1400s with Leonardo da Vinci’s aerial screw design and Mikhail Lomonosov’s tandem motor that made its debut in the mid-1700s. It’s amazing to think that helicopters are now a vital part of people’s lives when it comes to the medical fields (transporting patients) and military. It is even used for tourism and observation needs.
While they aren’t exactly the cheapest, there are still a number of helicopters that can be worth a small fortune. The following are the 10 most expensive helicopters, used by private parties, in the world.
Eurocopter EC135 ($4.2 million)
What seems like a fictional bird from the outside can carry up to five passengers. The Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 and Pratt and Whitney PW206B2 engines allows this aircraft to move at a speed of 254 kilometers per hour.
Eurocopters EC145 ($5.5 million)
Considered one of the best medium-sized helicopters that features a twin-engine system. The features include higher-quality rotor blades and makes a lot less noise than other helicopters. It can go up 1,600 feet per second and can reach a maximum altitude of 18,000 feet – all while carrying up to 11 people at a time.