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Flown in CH34 (jumped from one) CH21, Huey's of many models, CH46, CH 47, CH 53, Blackhawks , the USAF chopper that looks like a CH53 (HH-3?) but the one that I REALLY did not like was my one flight in a CH37, the one with the clam shell opening front doors, and two externally mounted engines. Got a flight from I think Phuoc Vinh, in III Corps, going back to Saigon, I am the only passenger on board. We take off and the Crew Chief looks out of the right side window, comes back in, gets a broom and leans back out the window. After about 10 minutes, he waves for me to come to him. He says something about the Press Lever that keeps the canopy on the engine won't stay shut, he is getting tired of holding it in the closed position with the broom handle, and I have to relieve him. We take turns holding the lever down on the thankfully short flight to Saigon, about 30 minutes. He tells me if the lever comes open, the canopy could come off and go back and hit the rotor, or go back and hit the tail rotor, either situation would cause us to crash. John
 

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First chopper that tried to kill me was a CH-34. After that, that I know of, a Huey and a Loach, though the Loach was provoked (took some sort of round through the oil tank and eventually, all of the contents leaked out and the motor quit). Huey just lost engine in mid-flight, so down we auto-rotated. -37 was just noisy and vibrated a lot and left me feeling nauseated and with generally bad feelings. I just don't like helicopters.
 

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Had a friend of mine who was USMC in VN. He said every time the Fire Dept. Huey came over , he was transported back . He didn't want to say anything more.
 

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I rode in a few, but have more time in the belly of a Chinook. Got the mission to escort the US Nuke rounds out of the Army Detachments in Germany back 91-92. Pretty routine, till the day one bird got a red light and we had to touch down in a field and surround the bird and keep everyone one away. Transloading into an empty bird without a tarmac was not fun.
 

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As a friend of mine who was a Blackhawk jockey has pointed out on many occasions to me, "Helicopters don't fly, they just beat the air into submission." Having been with the 101st, for several years, I now agree with his assessment. Love the Huey, my first love, but the Chinook also has a special place in my heart, I got pancaked by one during slingload training in Air Assault School in '86.
 

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Had a friend of mine who was USMC in VN. He said every time the Fire Dept. Huey came over , he was transported back . He didn't want to say anything more.
The Chicago Fire Department had (still has?) one for aerial command. Once in a while I'd see (and especially hear) it in action.

If I remember right, former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski procured it from government surplus for the city in the early 90s (when he was facing corruption investigations), and had it displayed at the lakefront as one of those "see what I'm doing for you" press conferences before it went sent off to be refurbished. Trouble was, it looked like crap, and the press (gunning for him anyway at the time) made endless hay about it.
 

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Definitely a familiar sound.

I grew up west of Lansing (Michigan) and my parents' house was in the flight path of the ANG pilots from the Grand Ledge airfield. Many times when I was in middle school and high school (1984-1990), the pilots would be returning to the base after flights. The subdivision that my parents' house was in was in a valley surrounded by the Grand River. My bedroom was on the second floor.

The Hueys would come on from the west, and soon the pencils on my desk would be rattling courtesy of the WHOP! WHOP! WHOP! of the rotors as they flew over. I'm not sure of the altitude, but they were quite low.

Ah . . . . good memories!
 

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My childhood home was under a flight path of the Illinois Guard unit based out of the old NAS Glenview. I would frequently hear and then see one going over my neighborhood. On one occasion a flight of seven passed low overhead...but the ultimate event, around 1984-85, was a group of nineteen in formation. THAT was an experience in sound!
 

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When I was in grade school we were close to Fort Walters and Santa Clause would come to the school every year in a loach or a UH-1. Since I had Nieghbor kids whose dad was air cavalry in Vietnam and knew some older kids that had recently shipped it was a little weird but cool at the same time. Had my one and only helicopter ride in a “Huey” that was enough to last me a lifetime.

A few years ago they were doing work
On the electric transmission lines behind my house and they had an old “Huey” with a platform rigged off the left side skids with a guy sitting out there with a welder just working away, welding In towers and line braces. That bird had to be overloaded with juevos.

The sounds and sights of a “huey” always puts me in mind of the Airplane’s album Surrealistic Pillow. Yeah I like them but it’s kind of weird.
 

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They had this and at the same time I believe they also had a Avenger and a B-24 doing flights and fly overs.
They also have Yankee Lady, the B-17 bomber, here at least twice a year.
 

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Flown in CH34 (jumped from one) CH21, Huey's of many models, CH46, CH 47, CH 53, Blackhawks , the USAF chopper that looks like a CH53 (HH-3?) but the one that I REALLY did not like was my one flight in a CH37, the one with the clam shell opening front doors, and two externally mounted engines.
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Yes, that was the original "Jolly Green Giant" - it was basically a USN SH-3 Sea King with a rear-ramp fuselage, non-folding tail, and non-folding rotor blades (the landing gear was also reversed, the SK had the main gear forward on the sides and a tail wheel, and the JGG had a nose gear and the MLG to the rear on the sides).


I've had 3 helo rides - all while in high school. My high school (Ben Lomond HS, Ogden Utah) had a JROTC unit, and we often did things with the various ANG/USARes/US Army/USAFR units in the area.

The spring of my senior year (1980) some of us took a trip to Camp Williams for a weekend with the artillery unit. We trucked into the hills and watched while they fired a few rounds from the 105mm howitzers, then a bunch of Chinooks showed up, loaded everyone aboard, slung the 105s, and flew out to the Dugway Proving grounds, where we got a basic level of training on the 105s, then were split up into the gun crews.

We participated "hands-on" in a number of firing cycles, and between everyone we had someone who had done all of the jobs on the guns, except setting the fuses. However, I was installing the fuses in the noses of the shells, and was watching the SSGT next to me who WAS setting the fuses, and at the time I could have done that as well (he explained what he was doing and how to set them).

We spent the night there, then trucked into the main base at Dugway for brunch - and a ride on a Huey (UH-1H) - before the bus ride home.

Later that spring, the local National Guard signal battalion (we had exercised with them the year before) held an open house - which included Huey rides for visitors. I managed to convince my Mother to ride with me. ;)

8 years in the USMC and the only helos I set foot in were the training hulks in boot camp.
 

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When I was in grade school we were close to Fort Walters and Santa Clause would come to the school every year in a loach or a UH-1. Since I had Nieghbor kids whose dad was air cavalry in Vietnam and knew some older kids that had recently shipped it was a little weird but cool at the same time. Had my one and only helicopter ride in a “Huey” that was enough to last me a lifetime.

A few years ago they were doing work
On the electric transmission lines behind my house and they had an old “Huey” with a platform rigged off the left side skids with a guy sitting out there with a welder just working away, welding In towers and line braces. That bird had to be overloaded with juevos.

The sounds and sights of a “huey” always puts me in mind of the Airplane’s album Surrealistic Pillow. Yeah I like them but it’s kind of weird.
Could it have been Fort Wolters at Mineral Wells, the main Army Aviation Basic Helicopter school?
 

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I was at that show! Neat machine and a lot of great displays.




Looks like somebody has an Easy 8. Welded hull, HVSS suspension, long gun and all that.
 

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67U here. (Chinook Mechanic). I was in the Army from 85' to 93'. I logged many hours in Hueys and Black Hawks as well. I never get tired of hearing them.
 

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