Brazil’s long-time love affair with helicopters is likely to deepen as it welcomes tens of thousands of visitors to the Federation Internationale de Football Association’s World Cup and summer Olympics in 2014 and 2016, respectively. The country’s embrace of the helicopter crystallized in 1972 when a 26-story office tower in downtown Sao Paulo erupted in flames, driving hundreds of occupants to its rooftop. Brazilians were transfixed as helicopter operators responded, sending swarms of ...

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