Friday, September 24, 2010

Navy Helos Take Dip in Tahoe

Two Navy aircrews from North Island’s Helicopter Maritime Strike 41 squadron flying the Navy's newest state-of-the-art helicopters, MH-60 Romeo, home from an airshow at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, CA., stopped for a dip at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe. Whatever their reason, the dunking caused $50,000-$500,000 in damage to the $33 mil aircraft.
SAN DIEGO -- Two Navy helicopter pilots from North Island Naval Air Station have been grounded over a YouTube video that allegedly shows them dipping the $33 million aircrafts into Lake Tahoe.

In the video taken Sept. 13, both helicopters hit the water and one seems to spin out of control and crash into the water before its pilot apparently pulls the craft back into the air.

A Navy spokesman confirmed that the video was genuine footage of two MH- 60 Romeo helicopters from North Island's Helicopter Maritime Strike 41 squadron, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The air crews could face administrative action and the pilots could lose their flying qualifications. The mission of the MH-60 Romeo is to fly over open ocean for anti-ship/submarine warfare. Though not designed to land on water, these pilots proved the MH-60 can walk on water.

UPDATE: NBC News w/Brian Williams reports tonight the pilots were trying to photograph each other's chopper hovering over the water. While not shown, both aircraft pilots misjudged the hover height and hit the water. In short, two Navy pilots were hotdogging in multi-million dollar taxpayer equipment.






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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Boys will be boys! Don

Indigo Red said...

You know, Don, that was my first thought, too. Their infraction was very serious & potentially deadly. In either event, very expensive. However, their boyish stunt showed what the chopper can really do in the hands of expert pilots. I'd like to see strongly worded letters of reprimand and return to service.

Mike's America said...

Oh come on Indigo! The real story here is that because of Obama budget cuts to the military this is the only way we can WASH the helicopters!

Mike's America said...

Oh come on Indigo! The real story here is that because of Obama budget cuts to the military this is the only way we can WASH the helicopters!

Just watch out when we try and do the same with fighter jets and bombers!

Indigo Red said...

I figure they'll just fly the jets and bombers through rain squalls. The EPA may let a few helicopters bathing privileges, but fixed winged aircraft dipping into the nations lakes just won't fly, so to speak, with the tree huggers.

dcat said...

9/27/2010 10:36:00 AM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA :D :D :D Mike!

IT'S TRUE!

dcat said...

Indigo,

Maybe they can fly upside down and top the trees next landing on the tree huggers. May even get some nuts out of the trees.