Posts Tagged ‘chopper’

The Last Time an Ad in the Yellow Pages Worked: How FEMA Found an Aerial Photographer After 9/11

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

After 9/11, FEMA needed somebody to go up in a chopper every day for nine months to document recovery and removal. A certain Mr. Brown was the man for the job.

Check it, from the NYT, via Todd Lapin:

“Do you do aerial photography?” the caller asked.

“Sure,” Mr. Brown said. “If you have a plane or a helicopter.”

“We have planes and helicopters,” the caller replied.

But, “The truth was, he had never done aerial work.” Uh oh.

Nevertheless, it was all good, and the rest is history.

From before the time the telephone book industry got demolished by the Internet:

Cameras sure were big back then, huh?

Know Your Jerk Helicopter Pilots of San Francisco: Flying Under the Golden Gate Bridge for Fun

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

I don’t know, the FAA doesn’t seem to mind this kind of hot dogging so who am I to complain:

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Here’s what it looks like from inside.

Sometimes these birds land in the water due to engine trouble and then the Coast Guard tows them to shore.

It’s a living, I s’pose…

Oh, So That’s What a Stealth Helicopter Looks Like: REUTERS Shows What Got Left Behind at Osama’s Compound

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Reuters has this shot from OBL’s compound showing the tail of a stealth helicopter. And there are some more shots here.

I guess not all of the military’s stealth chopper programs got cancelled.

Anyway, news to me…

The Buzzing Dolphin Helicopters of San Francisco County – Why is the Coast Guard Flying Over Us These Days?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

We’ve had some extra low-and-loud chopper traffic over the 415 recently, not sure why.

Are our U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dauphin helicopters taking a new short cut from the east side to the west side, buzzing the NoPA and Nob Hill, when they’re on search and rescue missions nowadays? Could be.

As seen over the Western Addition (yes, there are tiled roofs on the DivCo).

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As it noisily flew over my vast real estate holdings I started thinking about how a trend like this could affect property values, so I started yelling and waving my arms and chanting “U.S.* out of NoPA!” But I remembered I’m not a God Damn Landed Gentry NoPA NIMBY Millionaire and then everything was fine once again. Crisis averted.

Semper Paratus.

*The CG is the smallest branch of the U.S. military, hence the mil in .mil.

BlackHawk Up: Watching Them Military Choppers Fly By While Atop the PG&E Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Good times.

See them fellers on the bridge? That could be you, someday:

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Don’t think this was on an airshow day. It’s just every military pilot’s dream to buzz the GGB on the taxpayer’s dime, so this kind of thing happens all the time. They generally don’t try to fly ‘neath the bridge anymore.*

*Former Presidential candidate John Kerry tried doing just this back in ’67, but he “chickened” out. Oh well.

Hands Across the Sand / Slash Oil a Huge Success at Dreary Ocean Beach

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

This is what Hands Across the Sand looked like today over at less-foggy-than-expected Ocean Beach way out there in western San Francisco.

“Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA – Ocean Beach across from the Beach Chalet, 1000 Great Highway Joining hands at noon. The Ocean beach event includes spelling out a large “Don’t Drill” using people to make the letters. It will photographed from the air. Be there by 10:30 for that.”

Yes, that’s media hound Frank Chu in there:

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We’ll just have to wait to see the photos from the air. (Did they use a petroleum-burning twirlypopper to take the photo, or maybe they used a kite? We’ll have to wait and see…)

[UPDATE: They used a twirlypopper, a Robinson actually, which is kind of a helicopter. A Republican one, ironically, from the Frank D. Robinson Helicopter company. Let’s see here, Robinson‘s delivered something like 900 choppers so far and they’ve only had 262+(!) fatal accidents, per the Wiki. Wow. Also, it would be nice if this R44 model had inflatable floats for over-water operations, but oh well. A kite, and a DSLR (plus a surfboard, if necessary) also could have worked, by the way. I know it would have been less exciting…]

Potero Hill NIMBYs Kill SFGH Medical Helipad Without Firing a Shot

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Heather Smith of Mission Local has the update (renderporn included) on the massive San Francisco General Hospital project.

Looks like you can just forget about a helipad for now:

First, rumors need to be dispelled: ‘I just want to settle one thing right now,” says Jeff Critchfield, Chief of Staff. “Will this project include a helipad? There is no plan for a helipad. I’ve heard it mentioned a few times this evening. There was a prior application for a permit. It expired. There is no plan for a helipad.”

“Another hand goes up. ‘Does No helipad mean “No applying for a helipad permit in the future?”

The helipad is not part of project,” says SFGH CEO Susan Currin.

So, there you have it.

The NIMBYs’ goal of trying to kill accident victims has been attained, and there are no signs of any changes on the horizon.  

Here’s their Plan B – giant soldiers with General Dynamics FIM-43 Redeye missiles:

Make no mistake, these NIMBYs are trying to kill you. Maybe they’ll succeed, when your luck runs out…

Take your pick StopHelipad.org or StopHelipad.com - there are plenty of lies in both.

It’s your choice as to which selfish group’s website has the greater number of false statements.

Oh well.

“They’re trying to kill me,” Yossarian told him calmly.

“No one’s trying to kill you,” Clevinger cried.

“Then why are they stopping the helipad?” Yossarian asked.

“They’re stopping the helipad for everyone,” Clevinger answered. “They’re trying to kill everybody.”

“What difference does that make?”

Alameda-Based 11th District Coast Guard Kills Cocaine Smuggler with Shot from Chopper

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Well there’s a whole lot I don’t know about this incident involving a purported cocaine smuggler killed on January 19th, 2010 somewhere in the “Eastern Pacific Ocean.” But, apparently, this smuggler and his boat weren’t too far away from Guatemala City because that’s where he ended up dying after the Coast Guard shot at his engine with a massive rifle mounted on a helicopter.

Feel free to read the account below – it was just released from the 11th District HQ in Alameda, They’re looking into the theory that the purported smuggler died due to “engine fragment or shrapnel injuries.”

Did this shooting get any coverage in Guatemala? No se. Did this shooting get much coverage in any English language publication? Not that I can see. Do the Coasties have video of all this? Oh yes, I’m sure. Does the Coast Guard even know this guy’s name? Maybe not, they haven’t released it, anyway.

Here’s your 21st century Coast Guard – a machine gun for warning shots

 

…and when you ignore that, a massive rifle to take out your engine block, presumably a Barrett M82 .50 cal.

I don’t have a photo of one of those helicopter-mounted rifles, but how would you like .50 caliber rifle bullets like these sailing by your head from a chopper one at time?

Click to see the ammo - it’s the most powerful commonly available cartridge not considered a destructive device under the National Firearms Act. So don’t be surprised when the unarmored engine block of your “go-fast” boat blows up after you pretend not to hear all the warnings you’ve just been given: 

 

Last year, the Alameda-based “maritime security cutter” USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), which is like a destroyer, basically, bigger and badder than anything else the Coast Guard has ever had in warm waters, was on a maritime security mission in the same area. So I suppose this is how the smallest branch of the military is spending part of its time these days, just hanging out near Central America looking for drug boats and submarines. It’s like Miami Vice, West Coast or something.

And that’s it.

Maybe the Coasties will issue a more-detailed report sometime.

Read all about it, after the jump

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Ka Boom! Tanker Truck Explodes on I-280 for Filming of NBC Pilot “Trauma”

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Here’s a sneak peak of what you’ll soon be able to see over at WhatImSeeing.com - it’s a tanker truck explosion for the taping of the possible NBC series “Trauma.”

What a great photo! Click to expand:

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Here’s another view and here’s the reverse angle from ExxonValdez.

And with all the choppers flying around above hospital curve, you think, wouldn’t it be nice to have two or three real medical chopper flights a day coming into and out of our Level One Trauma Center at San Francisco General Hospital? Yes, yes it would.

via ToastyKen