I wonder how long those helicopters last doing this kind of work? It has to be super stressful on the air frames.
How would you like to be the guy on the ground responsible for hooking the cable from the chopper to the bundles of trees? You have mere seconds to
grab the hook coming at you at alarming speed and hook it to the bundle before it get jerked up.
Any blues scout could do it once they got the timing down,we had to bend rules and do things a bit DIFFERENT from normal air assault stuff in Korea
We had to move REAL fast on alerts.
It made sling loads REAL interesting too.
In 2011 I was debriefing a LtCol in Bagram when he pulled his camera out of his pocket and told me I just had to see what he recorded. He then shows
me this video of him streaking through a canyon at low level, it was an awesome video. But when it was over, I asked him where the camera had been.
He said, I was holding it next to the HUD. I looked at him and asked, you were flying at high speed at a low level through a canyon in a warzone with
one hand on the stick and the other holding a camera?
He looked at me for a second and said.... maybe I shouldn't show this to the flight safety officer.....
My father had one, tail number 007 I think it was, that they bent. I mean you could stand on the top near the cockpit, and SEE where the fuselage was
twisted. Some sick bastard decided it would make a good training aircraft. The reason I say he was a sick bastard is that one of the training
flights required flying by hand, no trimming. Many pilot trainees were seen getting off the aircraft after the flight, rubbing their back, and
plaintively asking, "Do they all fly like that sir?"
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