View Full Version : This pilot is my new hero

01-30-2008, 01:51 PM


01-30-2008, 01:51 PM


01-30-2008, 02:04 PM
Photoshoped. :P

01-30-2008, 02:38 PM

01-30-2008, 02:58 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
Photoshoped. :P </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Afgan Helicopter Photo Can't add anything else to this one .. Picture is worth 1,000 words! If you don't think our military pilots earn their pay .. you need to take a look at this picture ... and then look again and realize what you're seeing . This photo was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan of a helo rescue mission. The pilot is a PA National Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the a$$ end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear. If this does not impress you ... nothing ever will. Gives me the chills and a serious case of the vertigo ... I can't even imagine having the nerve ... much less the talent and ability ... God Bless our military.

01-30-2008, 03:16 PM
I know the "web caption" says its real...but is it really?

Its very impressive flying if it is...

I'm not saying the photo is "fake", I'm just not sure it's "real"(a web caption doesn't constitute proof of authenticity)... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Browsing through the rest of the web site doesn't bolster my confidence in the caption's credibility (LOL)...

01-30-2008, 03:19 PM
This is parts of those 47 training.

01-30-2008, 03:21 PM
Hi all,

This is real.

Best Regards,

01-30-2008, 03:25 PM
It is not photoshopped but standard sloping ground techniques....... suprised you are all amazed with it, we used to practice this all the time even putting two side oleos on the ground whilst the other is in the hover, it is not that difficult to do....... we used to refuel open line in the hover too where we did not have the room to land on, one man would hang off the leg on the likes of the wessex and refuel it whilst the thing hovered about 10 foot up above the bowser..

Indeed one of the most complicated things we did on a Puma was replace a fractured undercarraige leg whilst the pilot held the whole aircraft in the hover about 2 foot off the ground, we changed pilots every 30 mins as they had to concentrate and refuelled it as well as the job took about 1.30 hours....... odd thing was we needed people on the other side of the cab pushing it towards you as when you pushed against a bolt to undo it the helicopter would move away from you...........

Ahh the good life on a Helicopter Squadron http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gifhttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

One little antidote from my RAF time on Chinooks, one person going home to Liverpool bummed a lift on a Chinook, it was decided to drop him at Speke airport ( Liverpool) but as we couldnt land and get charged a fee they hovered up to the terminal, opened the door, he jumped down about 4 foot onto the ground and they threw his bags to him then hovered off and departed......... We got a bill for landing fees about a week later and returned it to them with a polite note saying we never actually landed lol........ never heard back from them http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gifhehehehe

01-30-2008, 04:01 PM
Standard technique or not, I'm impressed!

01-30-2008, 04:06 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Uncle_Stranger:
Photoshoped. :P </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not at all..not necessary. This is precisely the sort of "maneuver" for which these chopper (and assault) crews/teams are trained for....

Their skill in such actions is phenomenal...and seldom shown to the public (no interest by the media).

01-30-2008, 04:08 PM
LOL - That's a great story Taylor. My brother in-law flew Cobras in Nam and for CIA in Honduras. He once told me to go down to the PX and pick him up 2 gallons of "Rotowash" for his truck. They just laughed at me at the checkout when I couldn't find any and had to ask.

01-30-2008, 04:26 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Taylortony:
We got a bill for landing fees about a week later and returned it to them with a polite note saying we never actually landed lol........ never heard back from them http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gifhehehehe </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

That's so English! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

01-30-2008, 04:43 PM
All I can say is whoa.

I bet this is where the teamwork factor with the crew chief comes in http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

01-30-2008, 04:50 PM
Yes it's real.
Reminds me of when I was on a UH60 in N Iraq and the pilot landed in a really efft-up spot on the side of a steep rocky hill. It had a small shelf sticking out and was just enough to work as the worlds smallest LZ, I thought the rotor blades were going to hit the hill but they missed by a few feet.
Me when we were landing:
"Is this guy gonna land THERE? what the hells he doin?"

01-30-2008, 05:10 PM
Man, that's a normal operation for the CH46 and 47 pilots. You should see what some of the salty dogs can do.

I've seen a buddy of mine put one down with less than 5 meters clearance from power lines on 2 sides, in a thunderstorm and get in and out with little slowing down. Scared the **** out of everyone on board or getting on board, but he pulled it off and we got out alive.

I'm sure the pilot in that photo could tell stories about some real improvisational flying under fire.


01-30-2008, 05:10 PM
When I left Uni in the early 80s I did some diamond exploration work up in the Kimberely (far north Western Australia), which was predominately helicopter based.

We flew around taking a variety of samples looking for kimberlite, the ore that carries diamonds.

Anyway, most of our pilots were former RAAF helicopter pilots, and a few had seen time in Vietnam.

What these guys were capable of doing in our Aerospatiale Squirrels was nothing short of incredible...torque turns, landing on rock precipices using just half of one skid while the rest of the machine hovered.

Great fun when you've just turned 20!

01-30-2008, 05:45 PM
Helo pilots have a lot on there mind. Collective in one hand - throttle in another and both feet at work. They have to be the best at what they do -

Kongo Otto
01-30-2008, 07:11 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by SlowBurn68:

http://www.painteater.com/files/196cf38a0599d7b20a913204a006e055.jpg </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
<span class="ev_code_RED">Hey Guys,i told you they would deliver in less than 30 minutes.</span>
Well the guys at Dominos Pizza impress me every time again. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

01-30-2008, 07:25 PM
I know a girl whos a gunner aboard RAF choppers in Afgahnistan, does that stuff a lot.

Amazing girl btw, no bull**** type.

01-30-2008, 09:11 PM
It's indeed a standard manouver and not a difficult on at that.
You should look at what the Nightstalkers or Heeresflieger do in their MH-6s and Bo 105s.

01-31-2008, 12:29 AM
This guy was even awarded with a Medal of Honor, doing this kind of balancing act:

01-31-2008, 01:31 AM
These professionals make such amazing feats look easy is a mark of how really GOOD they are.

01-31-2008, 04:10 AM
Strange that no dust or debris is flyig around in that picture. There are some light-looking boxes etc on the roof and in front of that hut, and they havent even falled down. That makes me think that this is not "real" picture, or maybe I'm wrong and Afganistan is very clean country http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif But I believe that pilots could do this if they wanted though.

01-31-2008, 06:34 AM
My old man flew Chinooks when he was in the service.This type of flying is almost part and parcel when flying the Ch-47.Used to see them all the time growing up in Ft.Campbell.With an aircraft that big,better believe our pilots will come up with ingenious ways to fit them in tight spots.

Not saying the photo is PSed.Just that I've seen other pics of them doing similar flying with the Chinook that weren't PSed...Not that this one is...I don't know lol.

02-01-2008, 06:21 PM
This wasn't Photoshopped!

I know that I've seen a vid of this. It's out there on the web somewhere. Guess it's gonna take some searching.


Haven't found the vid, but I did find this: http://www.defendamerica.mil/articles/nov2003/a111703f.html

02-01-2008, 09:19 PM
About 7-8 years ago I saw some Chinooks taxi out here at Little Rock AFB. There were 4-5, and as they headed for the runway, the last in line lifted his front end up similar to the pic, but a little bit higher. It just followed the others out like everything was normal. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif Looked like a Dachshund begging for a treat. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif