Have you ever been in a meeting with Gen. Colon Powell? I have, a dozen of them. And I also knew him when he was the V Corps (fifth core) commander in Germany. My wife even hosted a coffee which Alma Powell attended and I dropped by and got to meet her to.<quoted text>
When oh when, Nado, will you begin to tell me things I don't know? Again, you mix in technicalities and piloting with aviation in general. I've told you, I can drive a car all right, but don't ask me to take the engine apart. You're a pilot. Are you also a mechanic? Can you totally dismantle all systems and engines in a Huey , put them all together and fly the aircraft? No? I thought you said you knew a lot about aviation.
Finally, and don't be floored, but your piloting a helicopter in wartime does not make you a military expert. It makes you an expert helicopter pilot. Period.
I have flown back up for Gen Abrams in Vietnam and also flew Gen. McCaffrey on three occasions. No, not Barry McCaffrey but his dad, Gen. William J. McCaffrey. I have also flown the back up aircraft for SecArmy Martin R. Hoffmann.
Usually four-star and above have a back-up aircraft and if you are president you get two back-ups. If you ever seen less than three Marine Presidential Flight helicopters, the president is not on-board. And you do knot no if he is the in the lead aircraft, middle, or tail-end Charlie as they constantly swap positions in flight.
Oh, when I was 12 y/o I saw the YOH-4, YOH-5 and YOH-6 all lined up and I got to crawl all over them. The YOH-4 evolved into the OH-58A and the Bell 206 Jetranger.