I was part of the restoration crew that restored Mike Clausen's CH-46 dedicated in Charlotte, NC the Weekend of Oct, 20.
The Marine Corps sent one of the V-22 Osprey's to Charlotte to be part of the Static Display next to the CH-46, known as Blood, Sweat, & Tears.
The two Aircraft standing next to each other was a magnificent sight, and was very impressive for all who saw it. Particularly impressive was the landing and the takeoff of the Osprey. What a sight.
OORAH! Marine Corps! VMM-263 will be well received by the Marines and should be feared by the Enemy. I know the crew that I met in Charlotte, and the Marines who crew this Aircraft will do us proud. Carry 0n!
Dennis A. Craycraft
Last edited by racing agent; 10-31-2007 at 10:54.
[SIZE="3"]If you haven't seen this link you should.
9/'67 - 10/'68
It appears that the Ospreys take off from a large deck by flying forward.
What a wonderful idea.
I recall the H46 ship departure procedure under these conditions as follows:
1. Lift into a hover over the deck in ground effect. Check guages and insure adequate power.
2. Slide sideways over the water. Make certain that the helicopter also has enough power to hover out of ground effect.
3. Proceed on course.
It was never clear to me what to do if the check in step 2 failed.
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