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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. P View Post
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    82d means ya caint be ALLL bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunny View Post
    A Huey pilot. I knew you had issues. I've never met ONE that wasn't crazy as a loon behind the stick.

    One Major had to prove to me that you can in fact do a full roll in a Huey even though it is physically impossible. I was REAL happy about that.
    NEVER let a Field grade touch the controls! Except under direct supervision.

    I do have issues…here’s why, I guess. I love this piece.


    Why Helicopter Pilots are Different!
    Harry Reasoner, February 16, 1971


    "The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.


    This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to."
    There's alot of truth to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSM View Post
    82d means ya caint be ALLL bad!
    Just ALLL American.
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    Posted by Mr. P:

    [qutoe]This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to." [/quote]

    My father was a bomber pilot, and later, after the second world war, a "test pilot".

    He held chopper pilots in the highest regard.

    I don't know how you guys did what you did, but you'll have my ever lasting respect.

    If ya can't prove it, don't say it.
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    In the eyes of us grunts, chopper pilots rated just under the medics when it came to respect.
    When I die I'm sure to go to heaven, cause I spent my time in hell.

    You get more with a kind word and a two by four, than you do with just a kind word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaffer View Post
    In the eyes of us grunts, chopper pilots rated just under the medics when it came to respect.
    Can't help but respect balls. I just wonder who it is that teaches them there is NO place they can't at least get a skid on ....
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    Thanks guys,I appreciate the nice comments. I am nothing special really. I flew mostly airplanes as a civilian, but for one year I did use that military training to fly an EMS helicopter (Life Flight type stuff. Or as us military folks know it, MedEvac) it was the best thing I ever did in aviation.

    EDIT: Gunny, I got a pic to show you. I'll have to dig er out and scan it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. P View Post
    Thanks guys,I appreciate the nice comments. I am nothing special really. I flew mostly airplanes as a civilian, but for one year I did use that military training to fly an EMS helicopter (Life Flight type stuff. Or as us military folks know it, MedEvac) it was the best thing I ever did in aviation.

    EDIT: Gunny, I got a pic to show you. I'll have to dig er out and scan it.
    Do I need my seatbelt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. P View Post
    Thanks guys,I appreciate the nice comments. I am nothing special really. I flew mostly airplanes as a civilian, but for one year I did use that military training to fly an EMS helicopter (Life Flight type stuff. Or as us military folks know it, MedEvac) it was the best thing I ever did in aviation.

    EDIT: Gunny, I got a pic to show you. I'll have to dig er out and scan it.
    My last chopper flight was on a medevac. So you rate even higher. Those medevac pilots were the best. Made no difference what the LZ was like, they were in there.
    When I die I'm sure to go to heaven, cause I spent my time in hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaffer View Post
    My last chopper flight was on a medevac. So you rate even higher. Those medevac pilots were the best. Made no difference what the LZ was like, they were in there.
    Yeppers! Medics and rotary wing nuts are my heroes ... big time! Last chopper I ever rode was MedeVac too. You rock Mr. P!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunny View Post
    Do I need my seatbelt?
    No Sir. It's a pic of where I landed and shut-down one day. Sorta goes with the one skid thing. But it's not one skid.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaffer View Post
    My last chopper flight was on a medevac. So you rate even higher. Those medevac pilots were the best. Made no difference what the LZ was like, they were in there.
    Glad ya made it out, Gaffer. In school we trained to go into tight spots. After school we did the same. If the blades could clear the trees or whatever, we'd do it.
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    Guys, Guys! Just to be clear I was never in country. I did two medevac flights stateside on active duty, many as a civilian in the year I did it.
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    Medevac pilots are still cool. If there's a way to get in they will find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. P View Post
    Guys, Guys! Just to be clear I was never in country. I did two medevac flights stateside on active duty, many as a civilian in the year I did it.
    So which do consider worse? Hostile fire? Or the number of powerlines in this country? I think in that position, I'd as soon get shot at as become the conduit for a gazillion volts.

    I've seen on more than one occasion Huey pilots drop their skids so close to the water a Marine could be pulled out by hand. THAT is skill and a lot of balls.
    “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.” Edumnd Burke

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