Loves the Huskie!
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