Southern California Rotorcraft Association

A Look Back: KTLA “Telecopter” First Live Broadcast in 1958

The video shows the first live broadcast from the KTLA Telecopter, a Bell 47 helicopter which was the first known news helicopter ever in use. The reporter in the clip is legendary KTLA broadcaster Stan Chambers.

KTLA news copter test run in 1958 (LAObserved)