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09-06-2015 02:17 PM  3 years agoPost 1
coptercptn

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After an extensive rebuild and upgrades the Turbine powered 53 lives!!!
Did the maiden yesterday with the new Bavarian Demon, and it was flawless!!!
See you guys @ Dalton!!

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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09-06-2015 04:31 PM  3 years agoPost 2
Keygrigger

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Nice to hear that. I look forward to seeing that one at Darrell's.

Don

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09-06-2015 05:12 PM  3 years agoPost 3
ssmith512

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Man I want to see that so bad!!! Good to hear it is flying well!

Steve

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09-06-2015 10:29 PM  3 years agoPost 4
Dingo07

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What.. no video???

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09-07-2015 03:18 AM  3 years agoPost 5
coptercptn

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Video soon

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09-07-2015 03:28 AM  3 years agoPost 6
Mojave

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It flies great! I saw the vid on Facebook...
Barry

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09-29-2015 11:41 PM  36 months agoPost 7
coptercptn

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video of my 53 at "Home"
this is where it all began back in '66.. the first were flown here (By me) So, on my way back from HSM I was lucky enough to talk the people there into letting me fly my 1/10 scale in front of my old hangers....

Enjoy though short,,

Watch at YouTube

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09-29-2015 11:47 PM  36 months agoPost 8
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Hi:

Man, that's one massively high hanger. It looks like it was for airships the size of the Hindenburg or larger. It must have brought back a few memories out in front of that place. See you soon, Jim.

Don

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09-30-2015 01:06 AM  36 months agoPost 9
ssmith512

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That is sweet!

Thanks for "carrying the load" back in '66 and thanks for sharing the "reunion" and vid!

Steve

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09-30-2015 02:26 AM  36 months agoPost 10
Heli143

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Jim,
That was too cool!!

Thanks for sharing!

Roy Mayoral

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09-30-2015 04:24 AM  36 months agoPost 11
Copter Doctor

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wonderful Jim,
you should post the story you wrote on fb here as well.

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09-30-2015 04:42 AM  36 months agoPost 12
coptercptn

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By requesti
So, the story begins with a "snot nosed" young Marine 2nd Lieutenant arriving at MCAS Santa ANA in 1966 to begin training on the New (never before had, by "ANYONE" CH-53A Sikorsky helicopters....
After training, flight testing, learning combat maneuvers, and preparing these birds for war the First squadron (HMH-463) deployed them to Vietnam in 1967...
So, the love affair of the 53 began...
Some 49 years later, this "not so young" former Marine revisited MCAS Santa Ana.
A lot has changed over the years and the base is basically all gone....but not so (for the time being) the HUGE hangers that we all called home for the 53's...
As I drove into Tustin Ca, So much had changed that at first I had no clue as to where the base was even at...My gut instincts kicked in and as I drove over a hill, there in front of me was those gigantic, beautiful hangers!!!
I must say there was quite a feeling of emotion as I viewed them again for the first time.
Driving around I found that the area was secured by fencing and gates.Because, even though the local restoration folks had fought to keep them, it was their fate that they are soon to be demolished!!!
I found an access gate and there was a man in a truck "Just " leaving for the day and preparing to lock the gate. I got out and explained to him who I was, and what I would like to do..... at first he was reluctant and said he needed to go home and that he really wasn't supposed to let anyone enter the area... I pleaded my case and said "All i want to do is take a few pictures of my model with the hanger"...?
He gave in and asked how long it would take?..I said 15 minutes...He opened the gate. As I was unloading the 53 and attaching the blades he drove up, took one look at it and got out of his truck. "WOW"!! was all he could say. Then he proceeded to asked a bunch of questions about it, and finally said.."Does that actually fly"? I said absolutely, and, it is powered by a "REAL" turbine engine!!!!.. Then I set the hook....."Would you like to see it fly"?
He grinned ear to ear and said yes!!!!! So I told him it would only take a few minutes to fuel it up and get it ready. I knew I had plenty of battery power in it and I only put in enough fuel for about 3-4 minutes....
The rest, they say, is HISTORY in the remaking....
So,after 49 years, CH-53A, BU. NO. 153281, YH-20, again flew over MCAS Santa Ana!!!! enjoy........[quote]

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09-30-2015 05:31 AM  36 months agoPost 13
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Thanks Jim. Great story and pictures.

Don

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09-30-2015 06:35 AM  36 months agoPost 14
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Awesome Jim! I know I've told you this before, but I'll tell you again. Thanks for your service to our country...
Barry

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09-30-2015 12:02 PM  36 months agoPost 15
v22chap

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Awesome story ... thanks for sharing it with us ... and thanks for your service to our great country

Larry C ----------Bergen R/C helicopters

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09-30-2015 01:42 PM  36 months agoPost 16
ssmith512

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That is cool as hell!

Steve

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09-30-2015 01:57 PM  36 months agoPost 17
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Jim, those hangars are so tall, I bet you guys could hover a 53 oge inside!
again great story! we thank you for your service!

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09-30-2015 03:30 PM  36 months agoPost 18
marc28

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Great story Jim

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09-30-2015 03:43 PM  36 months agoPost 19
gonzalom

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Amazing story Jim! I wish I was there!

Gonzalo

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10-01-2015 01:40 AM  36 months agoPost 20
coptercptn

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Thanks guys... Emile, I won't say "someone" didn't fly a 53 through the hanger.....😜
They were so big that we had clouds inside them in the mornings because it cost too much to open and close those doors all the time.

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