I am a writer and am writing a novel that takes place partially in late 1966 and early 1967 in Dak To, Central Highlands, Vietnam. One scene involves an emergency landing in a new Marine CH-53 from the pilot's point of view. I am not a CH-53 pilot or crew member.
(be gentle, I'm fixed wing only) Any information on the Cyclic and collective anyone can give will be greatly appreciated. What funtions are located on the cyclic grip-head. Location of collective? Can the governor be overridden in an emergency? (I'm assuming that a twin-turbo chopper would have a governor) Where are/is the throttles located?
Also any idiosyncrasies and pet likes or dislikes about control response, throttle response, instrument placement, etc. would be appreciated.
If you would like to take a minute and answer any or all of the above, I'll thank you in advance and look forward to reading your response.
Raymond Hunter Pyle