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Seeking 2 quotes attributed to Eric Sevareid who reported why helicpoters were more difficult to fly than airplanes. His comparison included a twist of words that went something like this: Airplanes require hours of boredom with rare moments of stress while helicopters require the pilot spend hours of stress with frequent moments of terror. I know that is not correct. He also compared flying to naval activities saying that while the seas were unforgiving of mistakes, the air was even more unforgiving, and errors usually ended with far more catestrophic results.

Eric Sevareid may not have been the originator of these quotes, but that is what I recall.

Would really love citation.

Can anyone assist?

Thanks.

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"The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously. There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.

 

This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed, buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooding introspective anticipators of trouble. They know if something bad has not happened it is about to." - Harry Reasoner, 1971."

 

If that's what you're looking for, it was, as above- Harry Reasoner.

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Harry Reasoner was the last journalist that you could trust to report what happened too. One of the most memorable bits of reporting he did was when he did the News while Cronkase was out, The day The Edmund Fitzgerald when down. No BS just the facts as were known at the time. He is missed.

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  • 10 years later...

''HELICOPTERS ARE DIFFERENT FROM PLANES"   The thing is, helicopters are different from planes.  An airplane by its nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly.  A helicopter does not want to fly.  It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces and controls working in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying, immediately and disastrously.  There is no such thing as a gliding helicopter.

This is why being a helicopter pilot is so different from being an airplane pilot, and why, in generality, airplane pilots are open, clear-eyed buoyant extroverts and helicopter pilots are brooders, introspective anticipator of trouble.  They know if something bad has not happened it is about. 

COMMENTARY:  HARRY REASONER:  FEBRUARY 16, 1971 

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