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2014-07-21 07:54:29 PM
Just proves once again that everything is air-droppable. Once.
 
2014-07-21 08:18:32 PM
All fall down, go BOOM!
 
2014-07-21 08:59:29 PM

Snowrise: Just proves once again that everything is air-droppable. Once.


Maxim 11. Know it, love it, live it.
 
2014-07-21 09:48:30 PM
So I guess that howitzer is shot
 
2014-07-21 10:04:58 PM
The Army National Guard says a Chinook helicopter was moving the 155 mm howitzer Saturday, July 21, when it was accidentally released.

What year was this? [2014-07-21 = Monday]
 
2014-07-21 10:57:09 PM
the National Guard is investigating the incident.

Yup.. sum'biatch is definitely on the ground, wanna grab'a beer?
 
2014-07-21 11:02:15 PM

reported: The Army National Guard says a Chinook helicopter was moving the 155 mm howitzer Saturday, July 21, when it was accidentally released.

What year was this? [2014-07-21 = Monday]


Gotta remember to use time zones.
 
2014-07-21 11:03:02 PM

reported: The Army National Guard says a Chinook helicopter was moving the 155 mm howitzer Saturday, July 21, when it was accidentally released.

What year was this? [2014-07-21 = Monday]


Timezones.

/Dumbass
 
2014-07-21 11:03:37 PM
DAMN >.<
 
2014-07-21 11:05:44 PM
Pics? Please let there be pics of our tax dollars smashed in the ground. Depriving us of a chuckle would just be a final waste of our money.
 
2014-07-21 11:08:12 PM
This is why it's called training
 
2014-07-21 11:12:16 PM
ih1.redbubble.net
/oh cock.
 
2014-07-21 11:13:02 PM
Useless without pic of former 155-mm howitzer in large crater.
 
2014-07-21 11:15:13 PM
Dammit Sarge, ya told us to drop it off over there, so we did!
 
2014-07-21 11:15:18 PM
As God is my witness,,,
 
2014-07-21 11:15:45 PM

Gyrfalcon: Useless without pic of former 155-mm howitzer in large crater.


You mean that nice piece of scrap metal?
 
2014-07-21 11:18:07 PM

tinyarena: As God is my witness,,,


The flying howitzers could be a good band name.
 
2014-07-21 11:19:52 PM
Long ago and far away, I was a crewchief on H-46 Sea Knight helicopters, the smaller, more lithe and  beautiful little sister of the H-47 shiathook.

We were tasked with taking these old car hulks out to a naval gunnery range to be used as targets. On this particular flight, the pilot insisted that we hook up the electrical release which would allow him to pickle the load from the cyclic stick. Now, we never used the electrical release. I mean never. There were always two crewmen in the back who monitored the load and we could manually release the hook in less than a second if things went to shiat. No one in the fleet trusted the electrical release but on this flight he insisted.

And we dropped the car in the ocean.
 
2014-07-21 11:29:09 PM

reported: The Army National Guard says a Chinook helicopter was moving the 155 mm howitzer Saturday, July 21, when it was accidentally released.

What year was this? [2014-07-21 = Monday]


Photo caption says Thursday, July 17. So I don't know what crack the author is on. Date wrong, day wrong, and the date-day wrong.
 
2014-07-21 11:31:04 PM
Old_Chief_Scott: more lithe and  beautiful

that's a reach
 
2014-07-21 11:33:40 PM

Old_Chief_Scott: Long ago and far away, I was a crewchief on H-46 Sea Knight helicopters, the smaller, more lithe and  beautiful little sister of the H-47 shiathook.


You can't have a beautiful helicopter. The fugly is what keeps 'em up!
 
2014-07-21 11:37:09 PM
This is why they practice, right?
 
2014-07-21 11:39:20 PM
Hey look, we can see our career from here!
 
2014-07-21 11:47:10 PM
What does this button do? A classic TV trope...
 
2014-07-21 11:48:59 PM

CruJones: This is why it's called training


Yeah....um, when you have 1000 recruits waiting to fill your spot to be a pilot, they have the luxury of kicking out the ones who make mistakes.  This guy will be switched over to drones and will be miserable for the rest of his career.
 
2014-07-21 11:57:20 PM

Candygram4Mongo: What does this button do? A classic TV trope...


3.bp.blogspot.com

"Why is there never a big red button?"
 
2014-07-21 11:57:20 PM
For Sale
One Howitzer, slightly dented, pickup only
Serious offers only
 
2014-07-21 11:57:32 PM
B-b-b-b-b-but "gravity" is just a theory!!!!1!1!!11!$TEXAS!
 
2014-07-21 11:59:43 PM
I bet that's the last time they allow Snoop to take part in training....
 
2014-07-22 12:13:52 AM
This article is about an air cannon.
 
2014-07-22 12:26:43 AM

Candygram4Mongo: What does this button do? A classic TV trope...


flipcatconsulting.com
 
2014-07-22 12:51:06 AM
cheaperthantherapy.me
 
2014-07-22 12:53:29 AM
fc07.deviantart.net

I fly a gigantic monster,
I am captain, evil stopper,
I get to wear big black helmets,
I pilot the hatredcopter!

I fly the beast made of steel,
Thick knives that cut the night,
Gas tank is filled with vengeance,
Machine guns shooting spite,
Can't find the thing that makes this,
Thing take a hard turn right,
I follow where it leads me,
Blind bats with wings of might,

You, will most likely die,
From the hands of my arm,
When I come and fly and,
Take off your face,
With the front of my hatredcopter,

[scream]

I fly a gigantic monster,
I am captain, evil stopper,
I get to wear big black helmets,
I pilot the hatredcopter!

I fly the hatredcopter,
I'm going to hunt you down,
I get paid lots of money,
For all the bounties found,
Can't seem to find the button,
That turns the radar on,
Can't work the hatredcopter,
The hunt for you is on,


I, am likely to find,
From my failure to fly,
That I will be fired for not killing you,
Cause that is my job,
Hatredcopter,
You, will most likely die,
From the hands of my arm,
When I come and fly and,
Take off your face,
With the front of my hatredcopter,

[guitar solo]

Hatredcoptor [x8]
 
2014-07-22 01:00:46 AM
I wonder if I could whittle a WalnutGiant Sequoia stock for that action and barrel.
 
2014-07-22 01:02:23 AM
They'll keep their wings. It takes some measure of dangerous willful ignorance to lose them.
 
2014-07-22 01:10:09 AM

Machiavelli70: They'll keep their wings. It takes some measure of dangerous willful ignorance to lose them.


Join the Guard, drop a howitzer!*

*limited to training exercises, while supplies last
 
2014-07-22 01:10:21 AM
It was a training exercise. Things don't always go smoothly the first time you do something.
 
2014-07-22 01:22:21 AM
Oh Henderson!

/obscure?
 
2014-07-22 01:40:23 AM

Snowrise: Just proves once again that everything is air-droppable. Once.


Helium balloons.

fluffy2097: ih1.redbubble.net
/oh cock.


Shouldn't that be Mythbusters Air?  (Admittedly they were dropping pianos from a crane rather than a helicopter.)
 
2014-07-22 01:46:32 AM
Fish base to Beef base over. Lobster base is under attack!
 
2014-07-22 02:00:08 AM
I wouldn't blame either one

I'd blame the flight Engineer who is responsible for making it secure

/my daddy was a Flight engineer for CH-47s back in Nam
 
2014-07-22 02:00:30 AM
"National Guard helicopter co-pilot"

It's a trifecta of also-ran.
 
2014-07-22 02:15:18 AM
The 119th FA is the only US unit directly descended from Roger's Rangers.
 
2014-07-22 02:23:26 AM

Loren: Shouldn't that be Mythbusters Air? (Admittedly they were dropping pianos from a crane rather than a helicopter.)


Top Gear has a running gag that Morris Marinas (the car pictured) attract dropped pianos.
 
2014-07-22 03:05:43 AM
I thought it said "hoist BEER".
 
2014-07-22 04:50:15 AM

NormallyTechnos: Loren: Shouldn't that be Mythbusters Air? (Admittedly they were dropping pianos from a crane rather than a helicopter.)

Top Gear has a running gag that Morris Marinas (the car pictured) attract dropped pianos.


Careless Air just happens to operate out of Top Gear's studio (an airfield), and they specialize in aerial piano removal. They're not GOOD at it, but it's what they do.
 
2014-07-22 06:07:52 AM
They all converged on the nothingness that is Grayling afterwards and drank.
 
2014-07-22 06:18:15 AM

johnny_vegas: Old_Chief_Scott: more lithe and  beautiful

that's a reach


He means it doesn't leak hydraulic fluid as much as the 47
 
2014-07-22 06:28:27 AM

DoctorCal: "National Guard helicopter co-pilot"

It's a trifecta of also-ran.

The funny thing is, ha ha, that 99% of chopper pilots in the Guard are , wait for it... former regular Army pilots Doh!

 
2014-07-22 07:03:37 AM
csb alert

Way back in the mists of time when I was but a baby remf, I was at OBC & we were doing our POL familiarization.  One of the sections was the sling loading of fuel bladders to be quickly moved to where ever they were needed.  However instead of having the guys who do this for a living put on a demonstration on how it is supposed to work, some rocket surgeon thought that it would be a good idea to have this gaggle of idiot 2Lts (is there any other kind...) go out & do it themselves.  Half would get a turn guiding the helicopter in & by hand signals get the pilot over the bladder so that it could be hooked up, flown around the field once & then brought back to be dropped off in the same spot whereupon the helicopter would fly off behind the trees & the cycle would begin all over again.  As there were roughly 30 of us, this whole charade had to be done 15 times with an average of 10 minutes per cycle - boredom for everyone except perhaps the two people actually doing something.  Then there was the poor pilot, not only did he have to pretend that it wasn't a beautifully clear day with the bladder in the middle of a wide open field that he could fly visually straight to, he had to follow the hand signals of a butter bar who had no clue what he/she was doing, was doing it for the first time (most of the signals looked much like someone swatting at a mosquito buzzing around their head....) & was generally nervous about giving the wrong signal.  The pilot, being an intelligent person generally ignored the random arm waving of the 2LT in front of him & put the helicopter where it needed to be to have the air filled (air filled, that's important to the loooong story) bladder hooked up.  Fast forward through a dozen repetitions of this cycle & everyone is falling asleep through sheer boredom.  Helicopter comes over the field to a hover, 2LT 'guides' it over the bladder & has it come to a hover right above it, bladder gets hooked up, helicopter takes off again, goes out of sight behind some trees, comes back in at altitude with the sling loaded bladder, 2LT 'guides' helicopter to the landing spot for the bladder (the same place that he's picked it up & dropped it off from a dozen times now), 2LT gives the cut/drop load signal & the helicopter takes off to go do the whole damn thing all over again... achingly boring & a waste of a day.

Now all of that was necessary to set up the situation, extremely bored helicopter pilot (who probably pissed off his unit CO somehow to be stuck doing this crap for a bunch of idiot 2LTs...), 2LT not knowing what he was doing (a normal state of affairs granted) or really sure about the hand signal command to the helicopter & a helicopter coming into a hover about 100 ft up with an air filled fuel bladder (roughly the shape of a huge beach ball) hanging below it.  Idiot 2LT goes into his mosquito swatting act & manages to give the pilot the cut/drop load signal..... pilot, being extremely bored & by this time not caring if he ever flies again obeys the signal & drops this enormous beach ball from 100 or so feet in the air.....

Thankfully (or more likely completely on purpose) the pilot was well off to the side & the bladder didn't land on anyone but the damn thing bounced at least 50' in the air on the 1st of many bounces before coming to rest.  Needless to say that woke everyone up & gave our poor Tac Officer a heart attack.(& I'd imagine the pilot a big chewing out when he got back to the airport).

/end of csb
//hadn't thought of that in years
///was funny to see though
 
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