KTLA news copter test run in 1958 (video)

ktla-copter-grab.jpgKTLA was the first Los Angeles television station to deploy a news helicopter. It made Channel 5 the place for breaking news until the other stations wised up. This clip shows the news copter being earnestly dispatched by the news desk on a simulated story in 1958, flying along the Hollywood Freeway toward downtown. Hat tip to Hans Laetz on Facebook.

"Introducing Telecopter 1."

1958 Telecopter Presentation

Looking thru the archives and found this video of the original KTLA Telecopter.

Posted by National Helicopter Service on Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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