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To save money, Washington builds copters from surplus parts

from The Seattle Times

There are no seats or control sticks in the helicopter's interior, and the tail boom is behind the body but disconnected, like a joint out of socket. The engine and transmission sit a few feet to the side of the fuselage, near shelves full of parts. Rotor blades are nowhere to be seen. If you didn't know better, you'd think this aircraft named Caroline was a mess. But as Bob Hendrick stands on a maintenance-shop floor at the Olympia Regional Airport, he compares the scene to those TV shows where mechanics build a custom motorcycle. more

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