Undertoad Wednesday Oct 1 02:24 PM
10/1/2003: PA National Guard in Afghanistan
Elspode Wednesday Oct 1 03:04 PM
That's both a great photograph *and* an impressive piece of helicopter piloting.
EdZachary Wednesday Oct 1 04:08 PM
I'm surprised..with the back end in the air like that the rotors must be in motion, but the shot froze them in place from what looks to be a pretty good distance.
zippyt Wednesday Oct 1 04:24 PM
EZ that is the front of the helocopter in the air .
glatt Wednesday Oct 1 04:40 PM
EZ, I saw two of these helicopters land on the Ellipse in D.C. a week or two ago. (Dropping off some sort of mid level VIPs outside the rose garden fence.) I was surprised at how slowly the blades rotate. With the naked eye, I could follow the rotation of the blades. I think it's because they are so big, they can rotate a little more slowly. Normally the props on helicopter are a blur to me, but these weren't. So I'm not at all surprised that the camera froze these blades in this picture.
EdZachary Wednesday Oct 1 04:40 PM
Undertoad Wednesday Oct 1 06:29 PM
I'm just glad they're keeping Pennsylvania safe!
Leah Wednesday Oct 1 06:37 PM
Elspode Wednesday Oct 1 10:49 PM
Chinooks are awesome. Real workhorses, and surprisingly high performance to boot. And *loud*. They rumble the ground when they fly over at low altitude. I saw one flying over my neighborhood once carrying an A4 Skyhawk slung underneath it with giant web straps. I was impressed.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Oct 2 12:24 AM
They sling about 26,000 pounds of external load from the center cargo hook underneath. The rotor speed is 225 rpm and each rotor is 60 feet in diameter. The rotors spin in opposite directions and overlap so the total rotor coverage is 99 feet long.
Nothing But Net Thursday Oct 2 02:43 AM
Can you imagine what the EPA might say about MilOps?
glatt Thursday Oct 2 09:58 AM
Thanks for that info Bruce. 225 RPM is pretty slow but jives with what I saw recently. That works out to just 3.75 revolutions per second. I think figure skaters spin faster than that. Pretty amazing.
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Oct 2 06:32 PM
225 RPM sounds pretty slow but on a 60 foot rotor the tip of the blade is traveling at 482 miles per hour. That be honkin'.
lhand Thursday Oct 2 07:53 PM
I like the big picture, but why not just have the old smaller pictures link to the biggest available picture? That way there'd sometimes be much bigger pics available and the current table sizes could stay the same.
And Friday Oct 3 01:32 PM
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Oct 4 12:36 AM
All US military helicopters are named for Indian tribes. If they were named for the sound they make they'd be Italian. wop wop wop wop wop
zippyt Saturday Oct 4 01:31 AM
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Oct 4 01:53 AM
Was it a Chinook or the smaller Ch-46 (painted grey, Navy, Marines) on the ship? I have a clip of a marine pilot trying to land on a ship. She missed her mark and one rear wheel missed the deck. Went reverse half gainer into the ocean.
zippyt Saturday Oct 4 02:06 AM
it may have been a ch-46, all i know was that it had 2 rotors on top . I have seen the clip of the helo doing the half gainer in the sea , that would have SUCKED !!!! This helo hit squarley in the middle of the landing zone HARD!!!!! We all said "DAMN that must have hurt !!!" as we got back to our feet .
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Oct 19 02:47 AM
This week I was talking to a Major with B company, 159th Air out of Georgia. He said in Afghanistan they would fly 14k to 16k feet and 140 knots at max gross weight (54k lbs). The Apache and Cobra pilots that were flying escort, bitched because they couldn't keep up.
zippyt Sunday Oct 19 07:07 PM
max gross weight (54k lbs).
xoxoxoBruce Sunday Oct 19 09:15 PM
Zip the MH-47E Chinook is 26,918 lbs empty and 54k max loaded.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Dec 3 06:09 PM
Used to be if you went to the PanAm building in NY, they would pick you up from "their" roof. Now they'll pick you up from "your" roof.
zippyt Thursday Dec 4 12:09 AM
Hell those guys have all the conforts of home !!! A cabin in the mountins , a camp fire (??) , and they can catch a commuter flight from their roof
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Dec 4 09:09 PM
"Those guys" are "suspects" being snatched up for interrogation. They had to hear them coming.
xoxoxoBruce Monday Mar 15 09:24 PM
The latest and most advanced Special Operations Chinook completed its first flight Friday in Philadelphia. After a series of system checks, the aircraft, an MH-47G, performed basic aerial maneuvers for more than an hour. The aircraft is one of three reconstituted Chinooks being upgraded from the U.S. Army CH-47D configuration to meet immediate customer needs. Currently, the U.S. Army's Special Operations Chinook inventory consists of 34 MH-47Ds and MH-47Es, but is expected to double in size over the next decade due to growing operational requirements. Boeing will deliver its first G-model Chinook in May and 36 more by 2007.