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https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/09/watch-extraordinary-helicopter-rescue-in-the-french-alps

When I was in the Navy, I lived on Kauai, HI on a tiny little secret squirrel base.  We had a fleet of 5 of the oldest SH-3s in the Navy at that time.  Made in 1955.  Pilots would take us up into the hills of Kauai and we would do some incredibly risky flying.  Nothing like being in the door gunner seat with your feet hanging out and getting hit by branch tips that the rotors were clipping off.

We scared the crap out of a few hikers while flying up the Waimea canyon river bed just feet from the ground.  Got flashed a few times by chicks in convertibles as well.  Good times...

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https://www.euronews.com/2019/01/09/watch-extraordinary-helicopter-rescue-in-the-french-alps
When I was in the Navy, I lived on Kauai, HI on a tiny little secret squirrel base.  We had a fleet of 5 of the oldest SH-3s in the Navy at that time.  Made in 1955.  Pilots would take us up into the hills of Kauai and we would do some incredibly risky flying.  Nothing like being in the door gunner seat with your feet hanging out and getting hit by branch tips that the rotors were clipping off.
We scared the crap out of a few hikers while flying up the Waimea canyon river bed just feet from the ground.  Got flashed a few times by chicks in convertibles as well.  Good times...
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A review of the video suggests a high probability that the ‘helo’ pilot was drunk.....


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That’s pretty typical mountain operations flying. 


“Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and screaming.”, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in Jurassic Park: The Lost World.




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2 hours ago, AK_Stick said:

That’s pretty typical mountain operations flying. 

Like he said pretty standard for mountain flying.  Here is a video from Everest region and much higher altitude.

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Some of the old Vietnam choppers pilots use to do some scary flying in the '70's and '80's while I was active.

They weren't wound too tight!

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6 hours ago, C_Hallbert said:

 


“Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s running and screaming.”, Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) in Jurassic Park: The Lost World.




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That’s not even enough to get my heart rate up. 

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Not to bag on those guys, but I'd call THIS some flying...

Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force. When the infantry commander closed the helicopter landing zone due to intense direct enemy fire, Captain Freeman risked his own life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water and medical supplies to the besieged battalion. His flights had a direct impact on the battle's outcome by providing the engaged units with timely supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, without which they would almost surely have gone down, with much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers -- some of whom would not have survived had he not acted. All flights were made into a small emergency landing zone within 100 to 200 meters of the defensive perimeter where heavily committed units were perilously holding off the attacking elements. Captain Freeman's selfless acts of great valor, extraordinary perseverance and intrepidity were far above and beyond the call of duty or mission and set a superb example of leadership and courage for all of his peers. Captain Freeman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

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35 minutes ago, janice6 said:

In the op the mountain wasn't moving too:

 

Would want a big magnet on my butt if I was doing that. 

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2 hours ago, pipedreams said:

Would want a big magnet on my butt if I was doing that. 

I saw a video a month or two ago that was a helo landing on a ship during heavy seas and high winds.  It was winched down to the deck.  It was great! but, I couldn't find it again.

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Although the French skier was screaming like a little school girl I would have used the hoist rather than risk a blade strike .

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1 hour ago, janice6 said:

I saw a video a month or two ago that was a helo landing on a ship during heavy seas and high winds.  It was winched down to the deck.  It was great! but, I couldn't find it again.

I have seen one of those videos, some great pilot skills.

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