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Guys/Gals, Thought you'd like to see a neat retro WOC video of how we got to where we are now. Makes me realize that I may be one of the few guys left on AD who still flew Hueys in flight school.

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It was neat seeing the Hughes 269 as a military trainer back then. I went through my whole PPL training on the now Schweizer 300CBi and it doesn't look like much has changed.

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Hell, most of the original batch of TH67s have 10,000 hours on them, or close to it. The Army is going to have to figure out something to do with them soon enough.

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Ft Wolters was the best place I was ever stationed, no question. That was the most fun I ever had with my pants on. I can't believe it has been that long since I was in a TH-55.

 

Rucker wasn't that great, for a number of reasons. Flying instruments in a TH-13 is work, with that bubble canopy, and the sun putting the flicker of the blades on the panel. But I have to admit that flying a UH-1 was great.

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One of our systems instructors in primary went through flight school at Ft Wolters, he was telling all of us how good we had it now.

 

Thats really cool to see a video of what it was like back then, and it's funny how there was only one "advanced airframe" track. I guess those guys never had to worry about what there GPA was for selection lol.

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During my BWS checkride I came across an IP who was around when they were picking up cobra pilots. He said that they had to learn practically everything about the airframe; how many rivets there are and what that floating bead is made of that's on the transmission fluid window (cork wrapped in aluminum I think, if I remember correctly). Pretty nuts.

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During my BWS checkride I came across an IP who was around when they were picking up cobra pilots. He said that they had to learn practically everything about the airframe; how many rivets there are and what that floating bead is made of that's on the transmission fluid window (cork wrapped in aluminum I think, if I remember correctly). Pretty nuts.

 

Riveting indeed. B)

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My 60 IP asked me week 1 how many rivets were in the airframe, knowing that sheetmetal was one of my prior MOS's.

 

I told him there are "enough rivets to hold it together"

 

I'm fairly confident he was hoping for something more than that :D

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How many ball bearings are in the 58 tail stinger?

 

 

"All of them"

 

:D

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During my BWS checkride I came across an IP who was around when they were picking up cobra pilots. He said that they had to learn practically everything about the airframe; how many rivets there are and what that floating bead is made of that's on the transmission fluid window (cork wrapped in aluminum I think, if I remember correctly). Pretty nuts.

How far did he have to walk uphill in the snow to work? and did he have to do it both ways?

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How far did he have to walk uphill in the snow to work? and did he have to do it both ways?

 

We didn't have that much time for 'nam stories that day, I had to go learn how not to kill my IP eventually. Just wanted to point out how flight school has changed. I think the story about the uphill both ways came later.

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