Rare Discoveries Show A Different Side To History Than You Already Know 

By Sophia Maddox | September 7, 2023

This Schramm javelin prototype was a single-seat aluminum body helicopter designed by B.J Schramm in 1964

Forget what you learned in the history books. More often than not they only tell one side of a story filled with nuance. The rare discoveries that have been collected here show a side of history that we rarely get to see. They peel back the layers of stories that we think we know to expose little known facts that make history all the more fascinating. If you are ready to see a different side to history than you already know, then click ahead...the truth awaits!

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When Rotorway decided that everyone needed a personal helicopter they tapped B.J. Schramm to mock up an idea for a single-seat aluminum helicopter. The Schramm Scorpion took its first flight in 1966 with hopes of becoming America’s own personal kit helicopter.

The Scorpion production kits were actually on sale from the late ‘60s all the way until 1984. The mini-copters could fly out to a range from 160 miles and could cruise along at 65 miles per hour while carrying up to 425 pounds. Can you imagine how cool the world would be if we were all flying around in these mini helicopters?

Leon Panetta offered a $10,000 bottle of wine as a prize for Osama Bin Laden's capture

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Following the horrible events of September 11, 2001 the Taliban’s ringleader, Osama Bin Laden, became public enemy number one in the western world. Everyone wanted to find Bin Laden and bring him to justice in order to bring honor to the country, but there was at least one restaurateur who put up a bounty on the terrorist’s head. California restaurateur Ted Balestreri jokingly said that he would uncork his 141-year-old bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild with US Defense Secretary if they played a part in the capture or death of Bin Laden. After Bin Laden was brought down in 2011 Balestreri said he would be honored to open up the bottle in celebration.