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Old March 5th, 2013, 08:10 PM
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"Nickel Ride"

I believe there are a few rotary-wing aviators on the forum. I'm currently training to become one and tomorrow is my first flight, or "Nickel Ride", in a TH-67 Creek (Bell 206B-3). I'm definitely drinking from a firehose with all of the myriad subjects covered in training. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to the next 20 weeks of primary, instruments, and basic warfighting skills, and eventually getting into my advanced airframe, which is hopefully the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior.
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Old March 5th, 2013, 08:39 PM
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That is so bad ass Jon. Wish I were in your shows. Have fun!
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Old March 5th, 2013, 08:54 PM
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Old March 5th, 2013, 08:57 PM
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Good luck!

Why is it called a nickel ride? In air force pilot training we call it a dollar ride.

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Old March 5th, 2013, 09:07 PM
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Good luck!

Why is it called a nickel ride? In air force pilot training we call it a dollar ride.

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Quote from some random website, apparently the air force commands a higher entry fee :D

"For those of you who don't know.... The Army is full of old traditions. The Nickle Ride is on of those traditions. In flight school it is a tradition that the first day you fly the helicopter you pay your pilot instructor a nicle from the year you were born. Well...Clint had his Nickle Ride this past week. I was so excited to hear how it went, and then he got home and he was all bummed cause he said he did'nt fly that well. All I could think is "you're not supposed to be able to fly well. It was your first day" But then I reminded myself that Clint is a perfectionsist. (One of the many things I love)I was so happy to hear that on day 2 he was more than happy with the way he flew. So here he is finally flying helicopters. AMAZING!!!!!!!"
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Old March 5th, 2013, 09:30 PM
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Have fun and good luck, Jon.

Just remember that the giant box you'll be unable to keep the bird in while hovering will become progressively smaller with continued practice.

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Old March 5th, 2013, 09:53 PM
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The only 'tradition' imparted on me when I first shot a tank gunnery was the crusty moustached SSG in there with me telling me not to crap my pants when I sent a 120 down range for the first time. Then again, if I mess up in the tank it doesn't fall out of the sky . I'll hang onto my nickels! (jealous)
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Old March 5th, 2013, 10:50 PM
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That's pretty kick ass, congrats!

I did some wrench time on MH-53's during the first Gulf War....nothing like 50,000 parts flying in loose formation.
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The only 'tradition' imparted on me when I first shot a tank gunnery was the crusty moustached SSG in there with me telling me not to crap my pants when I sent a 120 down range for the first time. Then again, if I mess up in the tank it doesn't fall out of the sky . I'll hang onto my nickels! (jealous)
Hahaha.... I squealed with glee like a little girl the first time I got to squeeze the cadillacs.
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Old March 6th, 2013, 03:01 AM
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That brings up some old memories for sure. We met briefly last year in front of the barber shop on Rucker with my white 110. I'm a blackhawk IP and an instrument examiner if you ever need something let me know.

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UPDATE:

After approximately 22 weeks of primary flight instruction, instruments, and basic warfighting skills training in the TH-67 and OH-58A/C, I finally selected my advanced aircraft. All aircraft were available to me at my position on the order of merit, and I secured my first wish, the AH-64D Apache! ATTACK!!!!!

I have a brief break before the Apache course to take a breath, spend some time with the family, and work on the old 110. My assignment preferences are Germany (again), Colorado, or Bragg (again). I don't think I'll have a problem securing one of those locations.
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There is no better feeling in the world than being in a fire fight and having Apaches come on station! It literally gives you a hard on! Oh how I miss being under fire and calling in a gun run!!!!!
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There is no better feeling in the world than being in a fire fight and having Apaches come on station! It literally gives you a hard on! Oh how I miss being under fire and calling in a gun run!!!!!
Amen to that. Rotors overhead as things have gone to shit just make life better. The only thing I'd add on past that is having rotors overhead doing their thing and controlling A-10's...has a great way of calming things down.
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Old August 13th, 2013, 06:56 PM
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Amen to that. Rotors overhead as things have gone to shit just make life better. The only thing I'd add on past that is having rotors overhead doing their thing and controlling A-10's...has a great way of calming things down.
Word. I am looking forward to getting back into the fight and supporting my brothers on the ground. I remember how great it felt to have birds over my head taking care of business.
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