1. BergerKing's Avatar
    Emergency Flight Quarters!

    Fall of 1987, I was still aboard the U.S.S. Merrill. And we were on our way up to Vancouver, BC. to an event and port visit. The ship was being prepared for deployment the next year, and they wanted to give us time to play, before we got down to the brutal training regimen that leads to deployment.

    My division Chief, Caro, sent three guys to LSE school, and asked as a personal favor that I extend aboard for 3 months to get these guys trained. I said that was cool, and he said that after we came back from the mini deployment, there would be 18 days left before I actually detached, and as far as he was concerned, I was not to be seen for that time period, basically, free paid leave.

    Excellent.

    So, while we were on our way up, we had at least 6 hours a day of flight quarters. 2 hours for each of my trainees. Then there would be an additional 4 hours at night, minimum.

    3rd night out, we got a bonus, the group sent all of their helos for a max training effort. 8 helicopters in a continuous round-robin, one off, the next inbound. We had 1 UH-1N



    3 SH-3s



    3 SH-2 Seasprites



    (By the way, this one is over the flight deck of the same class ship I was on.)

    And 1 SH-60 Seahawk



    We were running them in and sending them off as rapidly as possible. I did the first few, with all 3 of the trainees in close to watch, then I would give each one of the birds, because they needed to know how to deal with the characteristics of each.

    Then we did the night rounds, just 4 birds this time. When we were done, our arms were like lead.


    The following day, we did more seemingly endless hours, until my guys were getting the full 'hang' of how it's done.

    As we stood down for dinner, the helos went out and conducted ASW (anti-sumarine warfare) exercises.

    About 20 minutes into dinner, the alarms sound, Emergency Flight Quarters is called away!

    We dash up ladders and the guys line up swiftly for the FOD walkdown (every inch of the deck has to be checked for loose material that can be sucked into an engine, which destroys them rather quickly!)

    I'm in phones and gear, talking to the officer in charge, and he tells me it is real, and it is bad. The bird is 10 minutes out, and has a fuel line that has broken, and is losing fuel fast.

    I brief the fire crew, and they rig out the gear for rapid deployment, adding a second hotsuit man just in case. The ship is called to GQ, and the other damage control facilities are manned for backup.

    The ship heels over, taking winds over the bow, making it easier for the helo to land, an additional safety factor.
    The deck speaker blares "HELO INBOUND!" And I see him as a dot, rapidly growing to the shape of a Seasprite, going full out.

    The deck crew takes cover.

    He is given a green deck, and I line up, ice cold sweat rolling down my spine, 'cause this is the fastest approach I've ever handled.

    He races in, and does a 'rocking-chair' maneuver directly over the missile launcher on the next deck. This kills his forward speed, and he follows my fast guidance into place, as I give him the descend signal.

    Then the helo drops , and suddenly, I hear the engines spool down, he is about 15 feet above the deck. I'm totally exposed!

    Within a breath, I dive into the arc and under the nose as the bird drops, and with a loud whoooommmp, his mains thump aboard!

    The rotors bounce crazily for a few seconds, but, holy schitski, he made it!

    As the rotor brake is applied, I roll out and to my feet, signaling to my securing crew to tie the bird down.

    Had I not dived at that moment the engines quit, the rotors would have given me an instant crewcut, right about neck level.

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    09-21-09 09:32 PM
  2. BergerKing's Avatar
    doin' ok - can't really complain. how are you?
    Pretty fair, today, all things considered. Kinda felt like a little story time tonight, some of the real events of my life in the military, the crazy goings-on that happened sometimes.

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    09-21-09 09:35 PM
  3. BigBadWulf's Avatar
    Dynomite Gluteus Maximus! Raise some cane for me while your at it.


    Nicely told Beast, you really put me in the moment.





    The Keeper of Useless Knowledge


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    09-21-09 09:42 PM
  4. Back-space's Avatar
    Wow, that's some crazy stuff BK. Props for typing that out on your phone.

    Will do Wolfy I'll take some pics if we find anything worth the effort
    09-21-09 09:46 PM
  5. BergerKing's Avatar
    Thanks, Brad. If you read of my previous writings, all of them have been done on my Curve. I can type much faster on here than I can a regular keyboard, which I've never really been worth a flip at.

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    09-21-09 09:55 PM
  6. BergerKing's Avatar
    This is one of the evolutions we used to do if one to keep helos in the air, called helicopter in-flight refueling, HIFR.


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    09-21-09 09:59 PM
  7. BergerKing's Avatar
    These are the other birds I've had experience with.
    This is a CH-46, and I have actually been flown around in one of these, off of my second ship, the U.S.S. Fox, but it was too big to land, so they picked us up with a hoist, while hovering.
    (This one is doing a vertical replenishment.)




    Coastie Dolphin HH-65



    And big mama, the CH-53E.



    That pretty much rounds 'em up.

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    09-21-09 10:06 PM
  8. Back-space's Avatar
    Thanks, Brad. If you read of my previous writings, all of them have been done on my Curve. I can type much faster on here than I can a regular keyboard, which I've never really been worth a flip at.

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    I can't type for crap on my Storm. I love it and all, and for all the texting and that I really do, it's a good phone for me Just a pain when you really need to do it

    This is one of the evolutions we used to do if one to keep helos in the air, called helicopter in-flight refueling, HIFR.


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    That's sweet looking
    09-21-09 10:07 PM
  9. Back-space's Avatar
    These are the other birds I've had experience with.







    That pretty much rounds 'em up.

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    That bottom one is sweet looking. The tail looks neat
    09-21-09 10:10 PM
  10. KasiCatastrophe's Avatar
    Hello again everyone. I'm just stopping in to say good night. We just got home and I'm exhausted so I'm heading to bed already.

    Talk to you all tomorrow!

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    09-21-09 10:21 PM
  11. Back-space's Avatar
    Hello again everyone. I'm just stopping in to say good night. We just got home and I'm exhausted so I'm heading to bed already.

    Talk to you all tomorrow!

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    You SUCK! Night loser
    09-21-09 10:23 PM
  12. BergerKing's Avatar
    G'night, Kasi!

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    09-21-09 10:26 PM
  13. BigBadWulf's Avatar
    Way belated goodnight kaka.


    I'm pretty sure most of those helos were built by Pratt & Whitney, out of South Florida Beast. Used to be one of my customers when I worked for the inlaws. Saw some amazing test projects while out there.

    Goodnight everyone.





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    09-21-09 11:00 PM
  14. crs7088's Avatar
    yuck yuck yuck rain rain rain :/
    09-21-09 11:32 PM
  15. the_sandman_454's Avatar
    What's wrong with rain?

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    09-21-09 11:53 PM
  16. crs7088's Avatar
    it kept waking me up thats whats wrong!!
    09-21-09 11:58 PM
  17. the_sandman_454's Avatar
    Oh. Am sorry to hear that then. I love sleeping during rain and storms. Just such a relaxing sound the rain hitting the roof/walls and the occasional rumble of thunder to punctuate it.

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    09-22-09 12:03 AM
  18. crs7088's Avatar
    Oh. Am sorry to hear that then. I love sleeping during rain and storms. Just such a relaxing sound the rain hitting the roof/walls and the occasional rumble of thunder to punctuate it.

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    its ok. just when it so loud it wakes me up and scares me I dont like that.
    09-22-09 12:16 AM
  19. the_sandman_454's Avatar
    You a pretty light sleeper then? I can be but also sleep like a log. Depends on what is making noise. If just noises I'm expecting I could probably sleep thru anything but certain sounds I wouldn't expect to hear wake me up instantly.

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    09-22-09 12:22 AM
  20. crs7088's Avatar
    You a pretty light sleeper then? I can be but also sleep like a log. Depends on what is making noise. If just noises I'm expecting I could probably sleep thru anything but certain sounds I wouldn't expect to hear wake me up instantly.

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    I use to be a heavy sleeper. Now that im getting older, im becoming more of a light sleeper, and it tends to get annoying. All the added stress, plus sleeping during the day sure doesnt help my case out any tho.
    09-22-09 12:29 AM
  21. the_sandman_454's Avatar
    Yeah definitely stress and daytime sleep don't help. Especially since the rest of the world around you doesn't care that you work at night/sleep during the day. Is why I really love where I'm living. Virtually no neighbors to do annoying loud things during the day. Of course it is in the mIddle of nowhere. Haha

    Have you tried those blackout type curtains/window coverings that don't let any light in? I've found that to be rather helpful when sleeping during the day.

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    09-22-09 12:54 AM
  22. crs7088's Avatar
    Yeah definitely stress and daytime sleep don't help. Especially since the rest of the world around you doesn't care that you work at night/sleep during the day. Is why I really love where I'm living. Virtually no neighbors to do annoying loud things during the day. Of course it is in the mIddle of nowhere. Haha

    Have you tried those blackout type curtains/window coverings that don't let any light in? I've found that to be rather helpful when sleeping during the day.

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    I use to have a place in the country, then the man got sick and his daughter moved there so that ruined that. Where I am isnt to bad. My neighbor is hardly ever home, and my bedroom is on a outside wall. I redneck it. Cover it up with foil and duct tape, then a blanket! Works good for me! lol
    09-22-09 01:09 AM
  23. the_sandman_454's Avatar
    Foil and duct tape sounds like a great solution to the issue. I just have blinds and some dark fabric on a cheap curtain rod I can hang up when I need it. Easier to pull down if I want to open the windows for some ventilation. Then again with it being 65 million degrees in TX I don't suppose you'd probably want the windows open much anyway, eh?

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    09-22-09 02:19 AM
  24. crs7088's Avatar
    Foil and duct tape sounds like a great solution to the issue. I just have blinds and some dark fabric on a cheap curtain rod I can hang up when I need it. Easier to pull down if I want to open the windows for some ventilation. Then again with it being 65 million degrees in TX I don't suppose you'd probably want the windows open much anyway, eh?

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    Yeah with it being so freakin hot I dont want the windows open. More like borad them shut! There is quite a few people in graveyard thread...very odd..
    09-22-09 02:22 AM
  25. crs7088's Avatar
    MY PHONE STILL WONT WORK WHAT IN THE DONKEY STICKS?!
    09-22-09 02:46 AM
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