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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Ever have a guy stop at your house and ask permission to land a helicopter in your yard?



 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:18 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Never had any one ask permisson to land.
But several years ago when my nephew wuz in the army and flew the Appache helicopter he landed in my field and we talked a while, after he took off one of the neighbors asked, "what wuz that all aboot?"
I told them two solider boys were wanting to know how to get to Fort Knox
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yep, had it happen right here about 1977. Copter landed in my front yard and stayed the weekend. I told folks that I had traded my car for it, lol.
I have a picture somewhere if I could find it, I'd scan it and post it here.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Only in my dreams. I have my fixed wing license. It's a dream of mine to master the rotary wing. Problem is I'll have to sell the farm to do it! Then what do I live on?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:28 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Looks like a tree cutter laying there. Are they trimming "powerline right of ways"??
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

yes they were trimming the high line right of ways and were hoping to be able to land in the area where they were working to refuel the helicopter and service the saw. I don't know if the pilot was nuts or great at what he did or a little bit of both but there's no way i'd try to land where he did. and the saw never drug an inch when landing or taking off. very interesting to watch.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:19 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Local Crop Duster back when (1970s-early 80s)used to use a helicopter and would land right on the back of a semi flatbed parked next to the field to refill spray tank or refuel. Never landed on the ground. Always thought they could use their skid to turn the page of a book if they weren't fighting a wind.
He also used an Ag Cat or Ag Tractor??? airplane for spraying sunflowers at night after the wind went down. Bright lights on the wings and a vehicle at each end of the field with a beacon on the cab top to line up on for each pass. After each pass the vehicle would pull ahead x number of feet for the next run. Sure was something to watch in the dark of night.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:30 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes to both thoughts on the pilot. They're good and they're nuts.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:43 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had a helicopter spray corn for me one year. I never had a better job of Ariel spraying. He backed right into the corners, sprayed right up to the fence lines and the down-wind of the rotors put it right down between the rows on the weeds. Wonderful job compared to the fixed wing experiences.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:20 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We had a local that sprayed with a helicopter. He would rest one skid on the supply truck bed and balance while they refilled the tanks. One day he lost it and did a lot of damage. It turned out that the guy was 80 years old!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:56 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Had a local copter pilot try to take off from a trailer about 15-20 years ago. on of the skids caught, copter tipped, rotors hit the ground and killed him. Maybe not a good idea?
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

1-Upper. Navy exercise in the Bell H-13 was to use a bottle opener taped to the skid to pop the cap off a coke bottle standing in a pipe buried in the ground.Takes about three broken bottles to do it. Edit those out!
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:41 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

[quote="tritowntb"](reply to post at 13:12:05 03/21/13) [/quot

When I checked into my hotel room in Marietta Ohio last April There was a helicopter very similar to the one pictured here parked on the front lawn. I watched him take off the next morning. It was open cockpit and only about 45 degrees. I didn't envy him at all.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:18 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The local forestry service has come by a couple of times with a small helicopter equipped with a bambi bucket to get water out of my pond. Both times were in the middle of the night.
I guess it must be eaiser to fight a fire with a helicoptor at night than a fire fighter trecking around the woods in the dark.

Nothing like getting woke up at 2am with a helicopter 20 ft off the ground in your yard.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:06 pm    Post subject: Re: This Doesn't Happen Every Day Reply to specific post Reply with quote

A few years ago a neighbor of mine was in the barn doing chores when he heard a racket outside. He looked out the north door and there sat a little helicopter in the field just north of the grove. A couple of guys were walking through the grove toward him. One of them asked the neighbor if they could buy a little gas from him. He sold them ten gallons or so and then they asked him where the nearest airport was. He told them Storm Lake was the closest one. The neighbor asked them where they were from and they said Minnesota and they were headed for California. After the conversation they got back in the little chopper and flew away and disappeared into the distant skies. Jim
 
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