According to Hotelicopter.com
, a giant helicopter (a Soviet-made Mil V-12) has been transformed into a flying hotel:
The Hotelicopter features 18 luxuriously-appointed rooms for adrenaline junkies seeking a truly unique and memorable travel experience. Each soundproofed room is equipped with a queen-sized bed, fine linens, a mini-bar, coffee machine, wireless internet access, and all the luxurious appointments you’d expect from a flying five star hotel. Room service is available one hour after liftoff and prior to landing.
Reasons to think it's a hoax:
a) it's a strange idea (how long it could fly before it would have to be refueled?); b) all the photographs of it are computer-rendered; c) the site is registered anonymously (what are they trying to hide?); d) no contact info; e) the site made its debut suspiciously close to April Fool's Day.
It mentions Yotel
, the mini-sized hotel rooms you can check into at Heathrow or Gatwick airports. So that would be my guess.
Plus there would be the little matter of getting Mil to set up production facilities for parts that haven't been made in something like 30 years.
6) The original Mil V-12 is quite smaller than the "Hotelicopter", and though the Hotelicopter website claims that the helicopter body was extended to accomodate an extra floor, this seems an impossible feat of engineering. You just don't add a floor to an aircraft (much less an helicopter) like you do to a house.
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