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Posted: 8/31/2005 5:05:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2005 5:07:10 PM EDT by ZitiForBreakfast]
With me being a former USMC Herk guy...I was taken back to a few years ago with this pic. Funny thing is I was grunt in the early 90's, I made the 1st med cruise on the USS Wasp, there were no oil and rust stains on the side then

I hope you enjoy.



Link Posted: 8/31/2005 5:42:44 PM EDT
Awesome picture...those are Sea Stallions, right?

Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 5:46:26 PM EDT
Yup.

Link Posted: 8/31/2005 5:47:03 PM EDT
Very cool picture, thank you for sharing.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 5:47:36 PM EDT
Nice pic. I need a 72" monitor to see it though.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 5:47:44 PM EDT
tag for home
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 5:51:13 PM EDT
I was in a Helo Company, I always liked riding in the 53's, but dreaded the (if it ain't leaking fluid it's out of something) 46's.



My fondest 53 memory is in the back when one of our warriors had to pee real bad and had been holding it for a while. The crew chief in the back found out and helped him to the rear where he proceeded to piss out the back in flight. We were flying over a residential area in Southern California. I wonder if anybody felt a sprinkle and looked up to see if it was rain?
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 5:54:17 PM EDT
sweeeet, I've never been on a heli, maybe i will someday
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 5:55:59 PM EDT
I like the 53's myself. I rode a CH46 off of the USS Ponce and that sucked. But I rode a 53 up to BIAP and that was a nice ride.

Max
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:05:22 PM EDT
that is an awsome pic. it is now my background at work!!thanks
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:06:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cjklekar:
Awesome picture...those are Sea Stallions, right?

Thanks for sharing.



Yes. CH-53E Sea Stallions AKA "Super Studs". On the deck at the bow are CH-46 Sea Knights AKA "Frogs", AH-1W Sea Cobra's AKA "Snakes", and a lone UH-1N Iroquois AKA "Huey". Midships is another '53, aft is a pair of AV-8B's and another '53.

Normally, the '53's would be attached to an HMH squadron, the snakes and Huey's would be attached to a HML/A squadron (Skid Kids), the frogs would be attached an HMM squadron, and the Harriers would be attached to a VMA squadron. However, when the MEU is formed, the HMM takes over and the 53's, skids, and AV-8's are detached from their parent units and reattached to the HMM. Pretty funny to see Harriers removed from "Heavier then air Marine Attack" and redesignated to "Helicopter Marine Medium".
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:19:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2005 6:25:19 PM EDT by tangeant]
Always liked working the 53's esp the stripped down A models. Pic of a Air Force CH-53A hand me down from the USMC ;think it was a 1966-7 made one, it even came with patched bullet holes ! Nothing like getting a mix of hyd fluid and gearbox oil in the eye while trying to work on something on the cabin roof inside !

Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:20:41 PM EDT
Sweet
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:30:45 PM EDT
I was on the Wasp in '98 with the 26th MEU in the ACE.
Wasp is actually an acronym:

We
Are
Serving
Poultry
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:43:13 PM EDT
Awesome pic, thanks
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:45:05 PM EDT
KILLER pic!



My USNA roomie flew those things. Lucky little fuck.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:47:59 PM EDT
I took my first check ride on a CH53A, then got to take it to the bone yard a week later.

53s are great birds.

Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:50:07 PM EDT
thx
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:54:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rsgt513:
that is an awsome pic. it is now my background at work!!thanks



amazing background pic indeed....
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:54:49 PM EDT
Nice shitters
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 6:56:58 PM EDT
In-flight refueling helos still seems unnatural to me.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 7:07:26 PM EDT
Super Stallions kick that ass. The hydraulic fuel (leaking) was common on 53's as wells 46's.
It was also kinda un-nerving when you get up and see the pilots looking down writing or reading a book Think they were Fuckin with us half the time.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 7:12:01 PM EDT
TOO SMALL

Very cool pic.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 7:12:05 PM EDT
Man I loved hose things. What an amazing aircraft. Aresome pic.
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 7:37:10 PM EDT
Cool pic
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:07:04 AM EDT
Nice pic!! Love those aerial shots.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 2:20:27 AM EDT
Super Shitters are cool.

I was a CH-53D Crew Chief in my first enlistment.

The E models had a bad rep when they first came in service, but they got the bugs worked out and now they are a work horse.

Photos like that make me all teary eyed and nostalgic....
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 5:25:18 AM EDT
I thought you would like that one

Brought me back as well.

"Broken Hose!"
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 6:43:32 AM EDT
here is something for you guys to see.

in that pic, check out the position of the rotor at the pilots 1 oclock position, and the next one at the pilots 9 oclock position.

Notice one is flexing down, and the other is flexing up?

This happens all the time, with every rotor. people would freak if they saw how much a rotor flexes in one revolution.

TXL
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 7:01:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
With me being a former USMC Herk guy...I was taken back to a few years ago with this pic. Funny thing is I was grunt in the early 90's, I made the 1st med cruise on the USS Wasp, there were no oil and rust stains on the side then

I hope you enjoy.



www.usmc.mil/marinelink/image1.nsf/ae82f18a8e1b160b852568ba007e7e5e/e07eedebba37ec5885256bf50024ca43/$FILE/CH53-22MEU.jpg




Can you upload the picture to Imageshack or some other photo hosting site for me? All I'm getting is a red X because I cannot access any .usmc or .army website from here in Korea.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 11:23:44 AM EDT
I'll do it tonight
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:15:47 PM EDT
Here's a story of a Pave Low pilot I'm good friend with. Linky

Still flying. He's a squadron commander right now.
Link Posted: 9/1/2005 12:57:24 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rsgt513:
that is an awsome pic. it is now my background at work!!thanks



Ditto...

-John
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