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   Undertoad  Tuesday Nov 16 12:58 PM

11/16/2004: Helicopter carries tree



How do they get the "Nation's Holiday Tree" into Washington DC? They use a Boeing Vertol 107-II, according to the text with this image sent along by xoxoxoBruce. You'd figure this is a pretty specialized operation, because they have to haul a TREE into that highly-controlled zone and then hover for a long while, and not do something really stupid like crash into the White House. I bet they wait until it's windless...

I just like the composition here, too, because once you look at it, you realize you have to seek out and find the wire.



Leah  Tuesday Nov 16 04:06 PM

I can see the wire, I can see the wire. Why don't they just use a fake one. Here in Sydney in Martin Place they have a huge fake Christmas tree, and it's kinda like a tradition for many Sydney siders and their families to watch the lights switch on for the very first time each Christmas. It's huge



Bullitt  Tuesday Nov 16 05:43 PM

I'd think they'd use a Skycrane for that sort of heavy lifting, since its basically two huge engines and a cockpit. The helicopter pictured is more for troop and equipment transport.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 16 06:07 PM

Because Skycranes suck. :p
That old 107 is basically the same as the Sea Knight the Navy/Marines use shipboard. It's one of a fleet owned and operated by Columbia Helicopters They are used around the world for logging, oil exploration, mining and construction. They even tow boats with them.
Oh...Skycranes don't really suck. They're made by Sikorsky

If the cable breaks it's all over.



zippyt  Tuesday Nov 16 09:54 PM

bruce is that a cable breaking shot above ?????



Elspode  Wednesday Nov 17 12:43 AM

I would describe that photo as depicting a "nonoptimal flight orientation."



Elspode  Wednesday Nov 17 12:45 AM

Nope...it is apparently part of a barge towing operation. Cool.



dar512  Wednesday Nov 17 12:52 AM

That's gotta be pretty scary for the guy driving that rig. Well, I'd be afraid, anyway. Talk about a need for attitude adjustment.



Bullitt  Wednesday Nov 17 02:56 AM

I would describe that photo as coast guard implimenting new ice cutting technique.



glatt  Wednesday Nov 17 08:38 AM

Wow, Bruce. Just, wow.

That front rotor looks like it is just inches off the ice as it swings around. I'd like to see a side view to guage it better, but I think it's safe to say the pilot is taking huge risks there.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 17 06:03 PM

From the above link;

........ACT -100 (hover barge) was loaded with 40 tons of cargo for another close-in test run. Once more, the helicopter showed it could move the barge despite the additional weight.
The final aspect of the test was to tow the hover barge over a 50-mile course to a drill site named Alaska Island where Sohio had just completed an oil well.
During the tow to the island, headwinds over 30 knots were encountered, and snow and ice buildup were also factors. Regardless, the Vertol was able to bring the empty barge to the island successfully. On the return trip to Prudhoe Bay, when this photo was taken, the barge carried 50 tons of cargo, bringing the total weight to 220 tons. As with the previous tests, this task was accomplished successfully.
This photograph is one of longtime Columbia Helicopters' photographer Ted Veal's most famous photographs. The use of a powerful telephoto lens makes it appear as though the helicopter is closer to the ice than is actually the case.

This was in 1982 with the smaller of the Vertol (Boeing) models. This model is now being phased out but it's big brother, the CH-47 Chinook, is at least 5 times as powerful as this old CH-46.



Wombat  Wednesday Nov 17 10:30 PM

Nice helicopter pics.

Every year Norway donates a 23m tree to Britain, as thanks for the help Britain gave Norway in WWII. The tree gets sent across the North Sea by ship, and is then trucked into Trafalgar Square and decorated with white lights.




Bullitt  Thursday Nov 18 12:54 AM

I think it's high time we called France and told them we want a G-Damn tree too!



xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Nov 18 07:59 PM

Screw france, we don't need no stinkin tree.
We got BUSH.



York  Friday Nov 19 09:39 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Screw france, we don't need no stinkin tree.
We got BUSH.
thats nice, if you trim it or shave it all off!


xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 24 11:00 PM

The tree is up with Lynne Cheney presiding.



Elspode  Wednesday Nov 24 11:07 PM

Am I going to get a visit from the FBI if I say that that is one ugly fucking tree?



404Error  Wednesday Nov 24 11:16 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elspode
Am I going to get a visit from the FBI if I say that that is one ugly fucking tree?

You, in the pizza delivery truck! Put the pizza down, get that spotlight out of our eyes and step out of the truck with your pants up!


xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Nov 25 05:02 AM

Nay, nay, it's a beautiful tree! Unfortunately they covered it with a lot of ugly crap.



Clodfobble  Thursday Nov 25 10:23 AM

And cut off its trunk to hide its massive support structure too, I guess. It looks like it fell in a sinkhole.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Nov 28 11:16 AM

Quote:
It looks like it fell in a sinkhole.
Well duh, it's Washington DC, the ultimate sinkhole.


garnet  Sunday Nov 28 11:38 AM

Is it the picture or is the tree leaning badly to the right? Looks like it's gonna tip over. That would be a damn shame....



Wombat  Sunday Nov 28 06:11 PM

Everything else in the picture appears to be leaning to the right in the same way (fence posts etc) so the pic isn't level.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Nov 28 09:41 PM

It's cropped out of a picture taken with a fish eye lens.



glatt  Monday Mar 28 10:03 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Because Skycranes suck. :p
That old 107 is basically the same as the Sea Knight the Navy/Marines use shipboard. It's one of a fleet owned and operated by Columbia Helicopters They are used around the world for logging, oil exploration, mining and construction. They even tow boats with them.
Oh...Skycranes don't really suck. They're made by Sikorsky

If the cable breaks it's all over.
I just came across a video of a similar situation. Helicopter tows a stalled pleasure boat. Pilot not as skilled as the one in the picture above.

http://zeeb.at/oops/HeloTowJob.wmv

You have to paste the link into your browser address bar to see the movie.


LabRat  Monday Mar 28 10:27 AM

No WAY!!



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 28 09:33 PM

Uh....Glatt, they're not happy with that hot link.



mitheral  Friday Apr 1 09:55 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Uh....Glatt, they're not happy with that hot link.
Hence his instruction to cut and paste.


glatt  Friday Apr 1 10:20 AM

I think it was more of a comment about how it is stealing their bandwidth. Bruce has a good point.

So let me link to the home page.http://www.micom.net/oops/
or even
http://zeeb.at/oops/



Happy Monkey  Friday Apr 1 10:38 AM

WomenLiveLonger2.jpg is cool.



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