Skip to comments.Musings of a helo driver... (Vanity)
Posted on 08/25/2012 3:42:46 PM PDT by llevrok
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I have a lot of time, both military and civilian, riding in those contraptions.
Here in my area, I know and have know most of the chopper pilots. Over the last 30+ years, 7-8 of them met their demise. I considered all of them be be great pilots.
I think about that every now and then ~ actually every time I see a helicopter flyover from Quantico to the Pentagon.
They're better now ~
I can add those VTOL Harrier pilots to this list helo:
RIP Ken Donolley, USMC, TAMU 1978, Fish Drill Team Captain, 1974.
It’s been a few years since I’ve last flown. Prolly won’t have the need or the requirement to do it anymore, but like you, I remember many lives lost everytime I’m around or see these things. My first ride was in the late 60’s, so I’ve dodged a lot of chances to go down.
My father browbeat the army into sending him to flight school in the late 50’s (he lined up a civilian job, and threatened to resign if he wasn’t sent to flight school). Late 50’s, early 60’s, the Army required it’s pilots to qualify in both fixed-wing and helicopters, so he did both. He always claimed to be the first instrument qualified helicopter pilot in the Arny. Lot’s of great stories about flight schools, and the instructors. He wrote a bit of a memoir a few years before his death- all quite interesting.
Dad was a very calm individual- obviously spent most of his flight time in airplanes :).
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Traffic was stopped on the freeway. Talked to the truck driver parked next to me. He was an ex-helicopter pilot who had failed his physical. Based on CB evidence, he claimed that the IQ of the average truck driver was equal to the outdoor temperature.
Good post - been working with rotorcraft since 1980 - have seen an H-53 do a loop - damndest thing you ever saw - ‘course it was a very BIG loop....
May God rest his soul, and ease theirs and yours.
May God bless.
You guys are all amazing. I love to fly, but am scared to death of helos. I am so glad you are all home, and I can’t thank you all enough for doing what we are all afraid to do, especially the guys who pick up our wounded, unarmed and with painted targets.
It would have to be a 53 to carry aloft that big a set of gonads.
To fly is heavenly. To hover, divine.
You would be totally amazed!
You just got to stand in awe of any one so G D goofy to want (actually WANT) to fly one of these. That's a special kind of flyer, IMHO.
FRinks on the house to all of you so nucking futs! I love you all.
I am old enough to remember and to have laughed at “Air Wolf”. It was a program about a ‘supersonic-capable’ help. When I started detailing all of the impossibilities of this, I just gave up and switched channels.
Fixed wing aircraft work even when parts fall off, rotary works until parts fail. Fixed wings glide, rotary don’t.
Durned spellchecker made the 'o' turn into a 'p' - Aaarrrggggghhhh!
In the early days of our cable TV system around here when they started adding channels past the basic networks and the Chicago and Atlanta superstations they added one channel that showed that stupid Air Wolf show all friggin day. We jokingly referred to it locally as the Helicopter Channel.
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