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HelicopterAntiques or Out of Business › Merced 1986 Photos
04-05-2011 03:49 AM  6 years agoPost 21
TheWoodCrafter

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Thanks kglassman.

I have misplaced my Merced video.
It is around here someplace.
I just started a new job after looking for 1 year so I can justify the expense to get it digitized, maybe this coming weekend.

Thanks, TheWoodCrafter

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04-05-2011 11:29 AM  6 years agoPost 22
gorhambirds

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I remember reading in my GMP assembly and flying manuals all those statements about helicopter safety. About how r/c helicopters are not toys and how all systems must work together correctly to have a safe machine, how the rotor head must be held the whole time the engine is running until the heli is in position to fly, and how the rotor head must again be held during shut down, and no air taxiing out of the pits, ever!, etc, etc, all in the name of safety!. I'll admit that Robert Gorham was the best in his day, but that photo of him "kissing his heli in flight" is probably the most irresponsible thing to portray, especially for a manufacturer. I'd once seen him do this "live" and I couldn't believe it. I can understand his having complete faith in his abilities, but would you really trust your life to a plastic ball link or a failed glow plug? C'mon! For myself, it's like watching that reality show Nitro Circus. While it was something to watch Travis Pastranna jump out of an airplane wearing nothing but tennis shoes and shorts ( no parachute ), the thought at the end of the day was, "what a moron". Just my opinion but I would hate to have my young son, who started flying last year, see something so unsafe being displayed by one of the "professionals" in our hobby, think it's "cool" and try it himself. Very, very reckless !!!

Steve Z

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04-05-2011 02:50 PM  6 years agoPost 23
TheWoodCrafter

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I also saw him fly the machine up close to him, hover it and reach in and adjust the carburetor. Pretty crazy.

When you are young you are immortal.

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04-05-2011 10:28 PM  6 years agoPost 24
vrhc

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Gents

May I remind you of a certain space shuttle.....
At least he knew the quality of the parts he was trusting....

However, I still wouldn't do it though I have held the tail like they show you in the old books, cannot remember now why and what I was adjusting but hey hindsight is perfect...

Joe

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04-07-2011 08:02 AM  6 years agoPost 25
ch-47c

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Come on guys. It was 1986. Back then people took responsiblity for the consequensces of their actions.

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04-07-2011 01:29 PM  6 years agoPost 26
TheWoodCrafter

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Come on guys. It was 1986. Back then people took responsiblity for the consequensces of their actions.
That's right.
Today if a guy got hurt he would sue the helicopter manufacturer and the guy that helped him set it up.

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04-07-2011 10:16 PM  6 years agoPost 27
ch-47c

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Not to hijack this thread, but Stanley Hiller designed and built a real helicopter and flew it into San Francisco when he was only 18 yrs old. Now days all an 18yr old can do is play video games. It's not really their fault, but the result of our over-protective society. Now days, the kids are given counseling and cottled to no end like a T-ball league.

But you have to admit, watching Robert Gorham in person fly was really enjoyable. The kissing or needle adjusting was to show how docile and stable the Cricket is. Kind of like Jimi Hendrix changing a broken string while playing live without missing a note. You have to see it to appreciate it.

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06-24-2011 09:49 PM  6 years agoPost 28
scott s.

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This is back

When men were Men

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06-24-2011 10:54 PM  6 years agoPost 29
F3CWNB

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Kind of like Jimi Hendrix changing a broken string while playing live without missing a note.
Dude, are you for real?

'Life' is Looking Up!!!

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