It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a...helicopter full of tourists flying over the Grand Canyon and literally getting an eagle-eye view of this incredible natural wonder. Papillon got its start because construction company owner Elling Halverson was hired to do a job that required using helicopters to move large sections of pipe into the famous canyon. Guests and workers who flew in those helicopters were so enamored of the views that they began requesting chartered flights to see more. And in 1965 they got their wish. Today, Papillon flys over 600,000 passengers a year. They offer over 40 excursions with pre-recorded tours in 12 different languages. And they are the only company allowed to fly the entire length of the Grand Canyon. Bus tours and "Pink Jeep" adventure tours are available for those who prefer to view the great gorge from the ground. Adventurers looking to get a bit more up close and personal can book a tour that allows them to float down a section of the canyon on a large, inflatable raft. All Papillon pilots and guides are specially trained and have logged thousands of hours safely transporting people to, around and from an area listed as one of the seven wonders of the natural world.