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Author: No Gucci   Date: 4/13/2019 2:27:57 PM  +1/-0   Show Orig. Msg (this window) Or  In New Window

The youngins here are the one's taking up the baton when the Old Guard are gone. Not many Vietnam Era Pilots are around anymore.  I always liked being around those guys when they told stories about Flying Fire after they got out of the Military. One in particular was a guy who flew Gun Ships back in the day. We were at a big fire camp standing around talking when a new crew came in with a few newbies in tow. It was one person's job to stand in front of the Helicopter and "Direct the pilot"with hand signals when he took off. After a good amount of time and I mean I think the pilot was just messin with the guy because it took him a long time to spool up while the newbie was flappin his arms up and down.,he finally launched! The pilot and I  were laughing at this show as the newbie walked away with a look of embarrassment, frustration and accomplishment all rolled into one! I don't see crews giving signals like that anymore.

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Fire pilots +0/-0 mr man 4/11/2019 8:25:38 PM