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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Weirdo, Dec 23, 2004.
One hell of a first post!
Gonna be hard to top.
So why'd the engine quit?
Because it's a helicopter and he had a spare.
No shit. Were it not for engine failures, nobody would buy twins.
I mighta pooped my pants just a little.
After returning from Vietnam and being stationed at Ft. Hood, I was out boring holes in the sky when a buddy of mine flying an OH-58 ran into a bit of a problem. He was flying back to Hood AAF when lost hydraulics:
1005: Hood Tower, Army 1005. We have hydraulics failure, request straight in to the runway.
HT: 1005 Hood. Are you declaring an emergency at this time.
1005: Negative Hood, just the straight in.
HT: Roger 1005. Cleared straight in to the active winds...
(heard in the cockpit - Clackety, clackety, BANG!)
1005: Hood Tower, Army 1005. We have just had a tail rotor failure.
HT: 1005 Hood. Understand hydraulics failure and tail rotor failure?
1005: That's affirmative Hood.
UKN A/C: 1005, you shit's flaky
1005: Roger flaky.
He set it down without problem. There was an IP in the back seat but a grunt in the front.
Some days are a bit more exciting than others.
Hydraulics failure AND tail rotor failure? :eek1
Setting that one down's some good flying right there I tell you whut.
When I was doing my rookies in the jelly bean suit we were shown a number of "promotional" videos for various corps. After seeing what happened to turret heads and bucket jockeys, I chose "communications" and Tactical Air Support. Sure it got a bit noisy at times and some mil pilots could be dicks, but the food and field conditions more than made up for it.
Overspeed protection sent an eronious signal to the fuel shutoff valve. The A/C only had 1005 HRS and was a 2010 model.
that's a ballsy move stretching it out to the nearest airfield. how far out was it from where you experienced your S/E failure? i probably would have taken it to the nearest grocery parking lot, called triple A, then got myself a beer. that is assuming i wasn't heavy and "far out" of S/E HOGE parameters...
man i miss flying... can't wait to get back to the cockpit after this ground tour...
Went to the new Bell / Cessna facility in Singapore today
Its HUGE, and all air conditioned, was actually cold whilst there
May be able to get some pics in a while when i go back
Its really new and they dont seem too busy yet
Getting my commercial later this year. Any recommended DVD/video training products out there? Have some great books and instructor but want to supplement/reinforce them.
I know generally that's the way that aircrafts are evolving, but I hate having a computer between me and the helicopter controls. I've seen R-K glass cockpits literally melt and malfunction in 45 deg heat, seen computers shutdown engines due to erroneous feedback, seen multi million dollar twins unable to start due to one crappy transistor on a circuit board, etc. Lots to be said about steam gauges, push/pull cables/rods etc... but I am old (fashioned)...
Seeing those Cobras brought back an old memory or two. This Cobra, one of "the Rebels" out of Phu Loi, RVN, helped us out of a tight spot:
Here are a few Hueys inserting troopers of the 2nd Bn. of the 28th Infantry Regiment:
Here's a resupply slick bringing a hot lunch to on Christmas Day, 1969:
Here's a Huey pilot you could count on when things got "sporty:"
He's gone, now, but not forgotten by our team.
Powerful photographs. Thanks for sharing
Edit: just read the ride report in your sig line. AWESOME.
San Francisco Fleet Week 2011
I heard this while filming in Newfoundland last summer . . . best story in a long time.
My buddy in the LongRanger told me that some local pilot in South America who was crop dusting happened to be talking to a Bell engineer from Texas.
He complained about the location of the ambient temp probe that sticks out above the windscreen a few inches.
The engineer asked him what the problem was . . .
He went on to explain that the wirecutter kit on his machine was working just fine but . . .
" everytime I hit wires it always snaps the temp probe off so maybe BELL could find a better location for it ! ":eek1
Kinda whiney though.