Helicopters R Us

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Weirdo, Dec 23, 2004.

  1. RoverGS

    RoverGS Been here awhile

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    That, my friend is the CH53E. One of the best helicopters out there. It's a badass and at one time had some of the most sophisticated avionics equipment in the world. On any platform. Of course, I may be biased as I have about 1000 hours crewing one many years ago. Thanks again Kav for continuing to post pics of these. Excellent pictures at that!




  2. BladeFlap

    BladeFlap Ex Dream Crusher

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    Been enjoying the abnormally wintery conditions here in the PNW.
    Looks like we will be back to the wet and dreary soon enough. :cry
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  3. Heyload

    Heyload Remastered Classic

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    Don't let him fool you, those are just to impress the chicks....
  4. Audaciter

    Audaciter Long timer

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    She's a fugly beast, but I'd do a branch transfer on the spot if some one would let me fly one of those bad boys. :nod
  5. Skip

    Skip Been here awhile

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    Just saw this video clip.


    Pilot Dan Clark flies a helicopter to retrieve Christmas trees at the Noble Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Oregon. This pilot's speed and precision while loading and unloading cargo practically ignores the resistance effects of inertia.

    Amazing!
    http://www.wimp.com/pilotinertia/
  6. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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  7. SWICKED

    SWICKED Been here awhile

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  8. WayFar

    WayFar Been here awhile

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    I picked up my instrument rating this past week, the going is slow but steady. Starting commercial in a few weeks.
  9. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    Congrats on that.

  10. Daz-o-matic

    Daz-o-matic HOT POOP

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    Rookie commercial pilot here; had an opportunity to fly 2.7 hours dual time with the chief pilot yesterday. Learned TONS about operational flying. Taken in the bush north of Fort St. John, BC.

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    A (currently very hairy) yours truly enjoying the midwinter sun, and contemplating digging my sunglasses out of my pack :D

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  11. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Nice pic
    got your bear paws on huh
  12. Daz-o-matic

    Daz-o-matic HOT POOP

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    Yep; in fact all our machines do - you should see how much mud this low timer scrubs off of 'em in the summer! :wink:

    Even so, the snow was so unconsolidated and low density that we punched right through to ground. It *is* nice that our engineers just swapped that machine from low to high skid gear. :clap
  13. jtb

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  14. GSPeP

    GSPeP Long timer

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    In Belgium, a medical helicopter had landed in the middle of a town and wasn't able to leave due to a technical problem.

    People then helped it push throught the streets to the nearest fire station.

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  15. EvilGenius

    EvilGenius 1.5 Finger Discount

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    Super Squirrel!

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  16. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    Got in a half hour NVG flight this morning so we could standby for an early launch of Spaceship 2.

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    It amazes me that they can get both halves of White Knight 2 to land at the same time.
  17. Scubatoe

    Scubatoe Trained monkey

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    I imagine form flight is a hell of a lot easier when you're sharing a wing.
    :D
  18. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    After the flight we talked to one of the flight engineers while they were servicing both aircraft. He explained that the flight control systems were about as advanced as a Cessna 172; just cables and push tubes. They can set up the left fuselage to mimic the interior of the spaceship so customers can get a taste of zero G flight and acceleration forces. The whole operation is pretty low key and they are fine with folks just looking and taking pictures. Afterwards everyone filters over to the little airport diner and has breakfast. Things change when Branson and the other billionaires show up but for the test flights it's a pretty relaxed atmosphere. I think our involvement will end pretty soon but we've had the opportunity to be here from the beginning with Spaceship 1 and the X-Prize. It has been fun watching history unfold in front of us.

    Space Ship 2 up on jacks
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    Breakfast crowd. There's one guy that's recognizable.......

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    Spaceship 1 years ago

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  19. Scubatoe

    Scubatoe Trained monkey

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    You're standby SAR for them?
  20. Swashplate

    Swashplate 50 MSL & 150 KTS

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    I was a "Checkertail" 87-89 :clap is it time to have a Redhorse and some monkey on a stick???