15 October 2005

Gunfighter Diary Desert Shield 05 Oct 90

5 OCT 90

Had classes on bugs and snakes. Sent to Manifa (Gunfighter Oasis) late to fix a Huey. The repaired blades had been trucked up there, had some tape applied to the leading edges to protect them. I was skeptical at first, but the tape is very thick and sticks really well if the blade is prepped properly. It’l eventually chip and wear, we’ll just remove it and put new tape on.
My job was go get the bird tracked and balanced, then fly it back to JNA. Didn’t have any notice, Mooch and I scrambled up there with our flight gear and Red Cross kits. Finally got there at 1430. Turns out the Huey I came to get had a stripped bolt on the swashplate , so they had to undo all their work, remove 210’s hub and blades, put 201’s hub on 210, and break down 210’s hub and blades to be returned to JNA on a truck.
So basically we stood around and waited for the bird to come up, which it didn’t. Mooch and I grabbed some chow and secured racks for the evening.

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