The street was lined on both sides by tall old trees and dotted by cars parked randomly in front of houses on either side of the road. Remnants of cobblestones from an early time could be seen as patchwork beneath the asphalt. Green rich grassy yards with fences gave way to brick and wood VictorianContinue reading “Goooood Morning, South Pacific! (Dec 15)”
Today was interesting for me, not just because I flew for nearly 3 hours with the Captain searching for schools of tuna, but because we found ourselves in the presence of an American Tuna boat. When I flew over it I thought it must certainly be Japanese because the all white paint job was somethingContinue reading “Not So Far From Home (Dec 14)”
There is a place I like to go to at the end of the day after the observation tower is closed and the helicopter is washed and tied down for the night. Most people have a place in this world that they think of as a “happy place” and I’ve certainly found mine.
At least, fishermen. I think they think that this thing works like a boat. And probably think anyone could hop in and do it. I’m not expecting accolades or a celebration every-time we come back and land, I would however appreciate just a little bit of understanding on their part. I’ve flown almost 5 hoursContinue reading “The Art of Flying…is lost on my Koreans (Dec 12)”
My alarm cut through the black cabin like a klaxon jarring me awake, and all too suddenly for my liking as I was in the middle of a particularly good dream. I glanced up to the beeping and flashing alarm clock that I had mounted sideways and on the wall using Velcro so that IContinue reading “Open For Business (Dec 11)”
It feels like today is my first real day on the job since this is the first day I’m the only pilot on this boat, the only one that will be flying this helicopter, doing these missions. We trained mostly on landings, and a bit on operations, but a lot I will have to learnContinue reading “First Day on the Job (Dec 10)”
So I posted a lot while I was in Tarawa, a lot of stuff from when I was on my first trip on the boats. On ,y second trip I tried to ummarize what all I did in Tarawa. I’ve also got a bit of a visitors guide for the Island coming together I’ll postContinue reading “Tarawa (Dec 4 – 9)”