The Window: Watch the Mesmerizing High-Speed Flight of Your Christmas Tree

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For 11 months each year, farmers in the Pacific Northwest grow some 8 million Christmas trees just in time for the holidays. But getting those trees cut, moved, and loaded into big rigs — and doing it quickly — requires air support.

Send in the helicopters.

In a mesmerizing ballet of precision flying and harnessing momentum, the helicopters use Kevlar lines with massive hooks to carry up to 600 pounds of trees in 40 seconds. It’s harrowing for the pilots, as they fly perilously close to thousands of trees planted on uneven terrain. But it’s absolutely hypnotizing to watch, and provides a new perspective on how that Douglas Fir winds up in our living rooms.

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