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(Gizmodo)   Watching heavy trucks being tossed out of planes is a lot fun, as expected   ( divider line
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8290 clicks; posted to Geek » on 16 Dec 2013 at 7:58 AM (3 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-12-16 02:01:57 PM  
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Old_Chief_Scott: Long ago and far away I was training to be an H-46 helicopter crew chief. The first time I was going out to do paradrops I was pretty excited because hey, I saw all of those WWII movies where the light changes color and the boys go jump...jump...jump.

Well, we had a bunch of SEALs on board and it didn't quite go that way.

They set up a cable to attach static lines to and rolled a big box up inside the helo on the integrated rollers (the H-46 has rollers built into the deck so you can load and unload palletized equipment easily). The big box, I am told, contains an inflatable boat and an outboard motor. So out we go over the ocean and one guy gets up on the box and sits cross-legged on it and the rest of the group (about six or seven guys if I remember right) gather around the box. I lower the ramp and these guys all start running in place and the one guy yells something and they all head for the back of the aircraft in a big knot. It reminded me of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon of a squad of Roman soldiers running in "formation" .

Anyway, out the back they go and my job is to raise the ramp back up, pull in the static lines and count canopies. What they did was have their static lines all made to different lengths so even though they went out in a bunch their chutes actually opened at different times which apparently gave them enough separation from each other.

I found out later that the guy riding the box was supposed to make sure its chute opened. If it didn't he was supposed to do it manually and then track away and pull his reserve because this all went down at only five hundred feet of altitude.


I expected this story to involve them inflating the boat at the last minute and riding it down the ramp, howling like Vikings.
2013-12-16 01:57:53 PM  
1 vote:
As god is my witness, I thought trucks could fly.
2013-12-16 01:49:11 PM  
1 vote:
OregonVet: My BIL did that (load master) for twenty five years.

So ... he's dropped a lot of loads?

Big, heavy loads.

Brown loads, green loads.
2013-12-16 09:00:35 AM  
1 vote:
Meh.  Call me when they start dropping Abrams tanks.
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