Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Your Sunday Morning Helo Noise

Until the UH-1, there was no helicopter more iconic than the Bell 47:


w3ski said...

I had a job cutting Shingle Bolts out of Old, left behind Redwood Trees in Humboldt County. We were using a Bell to sling load out our work to a collection point. One day we waited what was 'too long' and hiked out to the collection point. The poor Bubble must have burned a valve as it visibly threw a pushrod out of the case. I was amazed at the time how much it was just a VW engine with a rotor. He lived, all was fine but he had a dimple in the rotors from a sapling that he sliced thru when he had to put it down, now.
I spent my 'military years' fighting Trees on the North Coast. They didn't shoot back but they'd still actively tried to kill us.

Stewart Dean said...

Cue the opening footage
My father was a doctor in the WWII MASH equivalent, African and Italian campaigns. When the movie came out my older brother and I took him to see it. He came out shaking his head and saying, that's just the way it was, only crazier.
The war left him with a profound distrust of military. So many wars since then, so little attained, so little learned or remembered.

dinthebeast said...

I think that was what I got a $5 ride over Humboldt Bay in at the Humboldt County Fair when I was a little kid in the mid-sixties. Or it looked just like it minus the army decals.

-Doug in Oakland

Comrade Misfit said...

Stewart, I'll see your and raise you with the movie opening.

One of my uncles fought in Korea. To his death, he never spoke of it.

A friend of mine's father was an infantryman in the Korean War. Her husband recently retired from a career in the Army. At one point, he was stationed in Korea and they did winter field exercises. He said that he has the utmost respect for the men who fought in those conditions.