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Posted: 11/27/2001 11:30:30 AM EST
[img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20011127/capt.1006870045attacks_military_lon117.jpg[/img] U.S. Marines of the 15th MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) onboard a CH-53 helicopter named "Creeping Death" moments before they liftoff from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu on an assualt mission on a secret airstrip in southern Afghanistan at sunset Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. The Marines took the airstrip and established a significant U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. The Operation is being called "Swift Freedom". (AP Photo/Jim Hollander, Pool)
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 11:31:15 AM EST
[img]http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20011127/lthumb.1006894567attacks_military_lon128.jpg[/img] ...and CH-46's.
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[Last Edit: 11/27/2001 11:30:50 AM EST by Stealth]
I wonder if they still call CH-53s "shitters"? Man those photos brought back some memories. I spent a lot of time inside CH-46's on LHA's and LPH's. (edited for spelling)
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 11:39:39 AM EST
I thought this one was good: [img]http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/nm/20011127/imdf27112001064121a.jpg[/img] Crewmen prepare a 500-pound bomb, with a New York Police Department sticker attached, on the flight deck aboard the USS Carl Vinson November 26, 2001 at an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean. REUTERS/Leila Gorchev/POOL
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Link Posted: 11/27/2001 12:07:20 PM EST
Thunbhole Thats some good pic. keep'em comming You got me all hiped -up [%(] Semper-fi
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 12:53:57 PM EST
Damn! That sh** gives me a woodie! I can't even imagine living a life like that. Flunked physical back in '74 because of Asthma and it's haunted me ever since.
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 1:12:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By Stealth: I wonder if they still call CH-53s "shitters"?
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When I was at New River, the title "Shitter" was reserved for the Delta's as flown by the "Ugly Angels". I don't believe the Echo's are refered to as shitters, but I could be wrong.
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 1:36:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By DPeacher: When I was at New River, the title "Shitter" was reserved for the Delta's as flown by the "Ugly Angels". I don't believe the Echo's are refered to as shitters, but I could be wrong.
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I don't remember the variant letter. It's been too many years. It could've just been that variants nickname. Although I do remember, on a couple miraculous occasions, they were all actually ready and able to fly [:D].
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 3:23:02 PM EST
Possibly I can shed some light on the shitter question. I was a '53A&D model Crew Chief in from 83 to 86 in Kaneohe Bay HI. We refered to our '53s as shitters. This was especially common when in a composite squadron when deployed. CH-53s were shitters (because they leaked like a sieve), CH-46s were frogs (they looked like frogs), UH-1Ns were Hueys and AH1s were snakes (Cobras - snakes). When the CH-53E came in service (the model in the photos) they were dubbed the Super Stallion (the 53A&Ds are Sea Stallions). I have heard of them refered to as super shitters, but I don't know if was common or not. I left the CH-53 community in 86 to go to KC-130 Flight Engineer training. Man, I do miss it though...
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 3:29:11 PM EST
KC-130 FLT ENG the term "Shitter" is still used, but only by the Marines that have been around 10 or so plus years. The reason they are called shitters, as related to me by a 53 pilot, is that if you look at their side they look like the multi seat shatters used by the military in the field.
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 5:09:48 PM EST
Spent some time with a Super Stallion crew and their ship at a show a couple of years ago. What a bird! Truly the best helicopter ever devised: power, speed, agility, payload, range... Semper Fi!
Link Posted: 11/27/2001 5:22:35 PM EST
never tell anyone(when going for a physical) that you have asthma. I have a friend of mine that ran track in high school, he had a history of asthma buct did not have an attack since on the track team. Well for the past 25 years he's be saying the same thing. In fact unless you have a an apart physical malady don't say shit.
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