Cut it a little close there, didn’t you Stud?

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20 Responses to Cut it a little close there, didn’t you Stud?

  1. OldNFO says:

    More balls than sense… Typical pilot… sigh

    • Steve says:

      Probably Navy trained.

    • Rick says:

      Coming from you I take that as a compliment. Thank you my good man.

      I can imagine that Bitching Betty had a coronary. ‘Terrain, Pull Up. Terrain, Pull Up. TERRAIN, PULL…aw, screw you guys, call a doctor.’

  2. Tim in AK says:

    I was falling timber out of Cordova AK in ’96.
    It was a job that started at salt water and went up the mountains from there. We boated to work every day from Cordova.
    I was working on the side of the mountain on a day when I was fogged in. Couldn’t see more than a 100-150 feet in any direction.
    As I was standing on a tree that I had just fell, facing downhill towards the salt water which was about 1,500′ away, but I couldn’t see because of the fog…….suddenly the fog parted a little just at the perfect moment for me to see a Coast Guard C-130 fly by below me, and about 150′ away. Elevation wise, he was about 40′ below me.
    His wing tip was no more than 50-100 from the side of the mountain.
    The pilot and I stared each other in the eye for a brief moment as they sailed past me going right to left.

    I’ll never forget that.

  3. Tree Mike says:

    Holy shit! I’m from the hills of San Diego Co. Ca. and I’ve seen a lot of fire retardant bomber drops in my 60+ years living there, but nothing that crazy close to catastrophe. We usually got S2T air tankers (started out as Navy sub killers) and S64 skycranes. the choppers would reload from any big enough, close enough body of water. Glad I’m in Tennessee.

  4. Gryphon says:

    Yep, that was Danger Close. You could see the Lift from the Wings kicking up Dust as he cleared the Ridge. The Big Freighters used for Tankers have Pressurized Tanks (Bleed Air from the Engines) and the Water provides a lot of Thrust as the Tanks empty. You see those guys flying into Box Canyons and Rocketing Out like a Fighter Jet on Afterburners.

  5. Arpad Deli says:

    Hi Kenny,
    “Close” is suppose to only count in Horse shoe’s and Hand grenades!! But Ithink we can include “Borate Bombing!!!!”


  6. Roger.45 says:

    Shat in his Jockeys.

  7. capt fast says:

    could probably use take-off flaps setting for just a bit more umph from the lifting surfaces. but, then it would also reduce the rough air penetration speed. Hmm. I know! MORE POWER!

  8. capt fast says:

    one can always tell when the wings are generating a bunch of lift by the size of the tip vortices. should think about engine spool up time to full thrust and maybe push up the thrust levers a second or two earlier.

  9. RHT447 says:

    Check out the images in post #2–

    It is my understanding that this ship crashed performing much the same maneuver, although in steeper terrain. All the power in the world means nothing if there ain’t enough air molecules to grab.

  10. Bossmech says:

    That’s a BAE-146 aircraft. Can’t imagine a worse choice for a fire -bomber. The cycle times (Engine & Landing Gear, etc..) that rack up during airtanker drops, would make for a slim profit margin.
    I didn’t like working on them, still hear the big boss bitch’n about the high cost….

  11. B says:

    Fire droppers are the only folks crazier than Cropduster pilots.

    One wonders how they can walk with balls that big.

  12. Bert says:

    A few years back a fire was about to engulf our city. A couple days later the brainiacs managing the fire decided that Oh Shit, we better get some planes in here to make some drops. I was about a mile away when the first plane came to the nearby canyon, accompanied by his spotter. As the crowd of onlookers got bigger we all wondered: When the hell you gonna make your drop?

    After about half an hour of slowly corkscrewing down from the sky to the top of the canyon he finally let loose and in about 12 seconds it was all over. That’s probably how Monica felt when she was with Bill- “only 12 seconds worth?”

  13. omerga_man says:

    what’s the old saying? There are a lot of bold pilots, a lot of old pilots, but very few old bold pilots.
    I would love to have overheard the conversation between pilot and co-pilot after that stunt.

  14. nonncom says:

    The conversation from the right seat probably went “Are you out of your fucking mind?”….

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