Loves the Huskie!

Flight Journal - - AIRDROP -

I had to chuckle when you high­lighted the ven­er­a­ble H43, SAR he­li­copter. It was ugly and slow, but it did its job ad­mirably in any weather, day or night. In 1966, we were land­ing at Cam Ranh Bay when the air­craft (C-47) ground-looped and ended off the main run­way in a heap. We did an emer­gency exit—that means ev­ery­body ran like hell—and there, over­head, was the Huskie, car­ry­ing that ubiq­ui­tous red tank and ready to fight a cras­hand-burn sit­u­a­tion. What im­pressed me most was how quickly “Pe­dro” was able to get air­borne and on sta­tion. It took less than two min­utes. (By the way, SAR air­crews could never pay for a drink. God bless ’em.) Ron Moya Sr., USAF, 1963–67

I’m as­sum­ing you won’t fly that air­line any more, right?—BD

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