After nearly a day of searching flooded neighborhoods and hovering precariously close to power lines, Navy Seahawk 703 finally found people to rescue -- four men, two women and a dog wading through stinking, oily brown water. The four-member crew from North Island Naval Air Station at San Diego had been beaten to an earlier rescue by another helicopter.With over 330 helicopters in the area, the sky might be a little crowded.
"Someone gets a sniff ... and everyone comes running in and wants to play," said Lt. Cmdr. Tim "Durdo" Durdin, of St. Paul, Minn., the 37-year-old pilot. "We call it 'little kids' soccer.' This is now turning into search-and-rescue little kids' soccer, which is great. That means we've rescued them all, hopefully."
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Navy pilots (and maybe all pilots) get a little competitive as reported here :