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If I were this guy, I'd had run out and bought a bunch of lottery tickets!


That or beat the shit out of that pilot.

 

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Ah, the good old days at flight school learning to hover...I think I may have tried a spin like that once but never bounced it off the ground.

That dude was lucky.
 

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Holy Crap!!! thats scary to think about...
 

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To restate what I once said at a Marine AirWing General staff meeting.

"The only thing dumber than a Grunt is a Pilot.

and,

The only thing dumber than a Pilot is a Rotorhead."

---Me 1973

And,

I have yet to see any reason to change that opinion.

I did not get any diplomatic points that day from the Wing folks, and many of their people with wings on their chests, started making remarks about smart assed Staff NCO's.

Go figure.

Fred

Semper Fi

“Never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
--Winston Churchill
 

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The Pilot made the first mistake in that vid but then made one hell of a save. If you look closely and the water and the ship you will see that the seas have a good bit of roll in them. The pilot probably had a little bit of power applied (for what reason I don't know) and when the ship sunk into the bottom of the roll that little bit of downward movement allowed him to lift off. He was surely suprised by it but was able to get it under control and put it back down. Shipboard Ops are about as hard as they come, the only thing worse is desert Ops at night and anytime you are taking fire.

Here are a couple of pics of me flying when I was over in Korea a few years ago. We were slingloading some bridge pieces for the Engineers to practice bridge building. Other pics from when some poor guys got stuck and needed a lift.
 

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Given that most helicopter accidents are pilot error, they must be really hard to fly, or you only get the crazy or the brave to do it.

There is a buddy of mine from GW1 who was in a Gazelle at night max speed insertion into the Desert. The rader Alt shows the height waving between 10 & 35 feet as it went nap of the earth.

Crazy or Brave, still not sure which, probably a bit ot both.

And to those Chinook pilots, bravest of the bunch given the CH gearbox is basically trying to tear itself apart the whole time it's flying.


Old pic of a during a resupply.
 

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There is a buddy of mine from GW1 who was in a Gazelle at night max speed insertion into the Desert. The rader Alt shows the height waving between 10 & 35 feet as it went nap of the earth.
I remember all to well during OIF 1 having to stay below 50 ft on the Radar Alt. moving at 140-150 knots. We would sometimes fly like that for 5 hours before reaching obj. That was some of the hardest flying I have ever done.
 
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