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I've always like the bit about the difference between fixed-wing pilots and helicopter pilots - it's something like this:

Airplane pilots are generally cheery, upbeat, friendly optimists. Their aircraft wants to fly, even soar gracefully and joyously. If the engine dies, they simply continue to glide, and have lots of time to set up a workable landing.

Helicopter pilots are generally cynical, cranky, grumpy ****ers, who know that Murphy is their co-pilot, and they're flying a machine that's only inches from flying apart when things are going well. If they lose power, they're taking a barely-controlled plummet to the ground, and if they're very very lucky, they'll have one brief chance to bring the aircraft in without making a fresh crater.
That's probably because helicopter pilots know there is something called a " Dead Man's Curve " attached to it.
 

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UH-1Y, still in service and still being made. The Huey sure has evolved - five tons added, horsepower more than tripled over the years.

There aren’t many machines with that kind of endurance and legacy. The UH-1, C-130, Cessna 172, Jeep.
What about the CH-47 Chinooks? They certainly have been around since the early 60’s, and are still in service.


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What about the CH-47 Chinooks? They certainly have been around since the early 60’s, and are still in service.
What about DC-3 / C-47 ?

You guys are just pretending you're not old .... :rofl:


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If you find yourself in a fuselage that is going slower than the wings, you are in a helicopter, and thus in an unsafe place. Everything on a helo works against everything else...
 
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If you find yourself in a fuselage that is going slower than the wings, you are in a helicopter, and thus in an unsafe place. Everything on a helo works against everything else...
I tried to qualify for Warrant Officer Flight School. While I was at Fort Campbell the army came out with a new test for chopper pilot school, the FAST-2. And they were still testing this new test. So they had an assembly and had a large group of us take the test. It turned out that me and a couple of other guys at that base had set new high scores for this test, so of course I got kind of excited at that possibility. It would sure beat the hell out of being a ground pounder with a bunch of reprobates and rejects (“military or jail”). I couldn’t get a waiver for being 6’7”, they said that I wouldn’t fit in a cockpit.

Oh well.


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Not trying to out-old anyone, but you forgot the C-119 Flying Boxcar.


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Got you beat easily. My first orientation flight in AFROTC was in a C-119.

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Speak of the devil.

HH-43 Huskie

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV2YZxYjkUM



Used as a firefighting helicopter by the AF. The base where I was the Fuels Officer trained pilots for the FF mission.

I got an orientation ride in the back once.

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That Crash Truck in the background is an O-11A. I trained on one of those when I went through Chanute in 1975.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the back of C-130H models going from one place in the world to another.
 
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It's called a Jesus nut because it takes an act of God to get it off. If He is otherwise occupied a Power-Dyn will work
I heard it was because you prayed to Jesus that it didn’t come off cause that’s all that was holding you in the air. ;)
 

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I used to work with a fixed wing pilot who called a helicopter “10,000 moving parts, flying in close formation, looking for a place to crash.” :)
 

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I’m always reminded of the words of one Army crew chief as to what to do in case of a helo crash. “Do not exit the helo until all parts have stopped moving”! Been there done that.
 

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Wow, never realized that the blades rotate with every 360* turn of the rotor assembly. It makes perfect aerodynamic sense, but that must be an interesting arrangement. I will have to google that to see what arrangement is used to keep everything turning and how they adjust it.
What will surprise you more (It did me) is that directional force or "lift" is applied 90 deg. (90 degree phase lag) from the desired direction due to the gyroscopic effect of the blades. When I first learned this I was like, "Wait, what?!"
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I used to work with a fixed wing pilot who called a helicopter “10,000 moving parts, flying in close formation, looking for a place to crash.” :)
Or, 10,000 flying parts desperately trying to get away from each other!
 
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