DD(Dad’s Diary) 89 Salt Spray part 3…

This has all been posted before , but here goes , as the salt/sea spray is lethal to helicopters , and Hovering near the ocean  alongside the navy ship was rare , but necessary  to check the flight of the aircraft whenever there was a major rotor blade or engine change , near the helicopter landing pad should they need to land in an emergency!  The hovering stirred up the ocean. The salt spray coated the fuselage(thats the outer skin of the aircraft!)The ship made their own water , so when all was normal we used the fresh water to rinse off the helicopter , but when the desalination pump was down we were forced to use an oil based cleaner on the helicopter to get the salt off right away. Kind of ironic that at sea we are surrounded by water , but not fresh water!

More to come…

DD (Dad’s Diary) 88 Salt Spray part 2!

This is a continuation of sorts , as most of this has been posted in the past! Being on a  Navy Destroyer made us closer to the Salt Water of the Seas! The Salt Spray was harsh on the Helicopter Skin(Or Fuselage to the Naval Air Types!). Especially when the Seas were Rougher than usual in a Storm. Salt is rather Corrosive , and is such a great Conductor that it’s used in Batteries , as I learned in Basic Electrical Training. And the Rotor Wash stirred up the Seas when the Helicopter Flew , so we spent many hours protecting the Aircraft from the Elements. And the Spray was rather harsh on all the Electronic Sensors and Gauges , so keeping them Protected was a Priority for sure! We used an Oil based spray to protect the Helicopter , and Only left it out on the Flight Pad when the Seas were calm , and stowed in a Hangar when the Seas were unusually Stirred up in a Storm!

DD(Dad’s Diary) 87 Irma-Edition!

This blog will be a break from the usual military stuff , Living here near the Manatee River in the flood plain , evacuated us to a shelter , was a challenge for sure , but at least we are safe! She may have damaged some property , But the Development in the marsh lands will have to wait a bit , as the folks that once approved the subdivision$ , may now have second thought$? Not a chance , they will get back to there plans when all this weather related news die$ down!There is so much to add there will be a part 2 for sure;)

DD(Dad’s Diary) 86 , Instructor Duty Part 1…

After mySea duty in California , I went to N.A.T.T.C(Naval Air Technical Training Command)in Millington Tennessee{@NAS(Naval Air Station)Memphis} for more training , as I said in past blogs , After my advanced avionics course , I got orders to the AE(Aviation Electrical Maintenance)-A-1 School where I was once An E-1 , so going back as an E-5 was a great experience for me as an Instructor. Handling white chalk was no issue in the Summer , when we wore Dress Whites , but in the winter months we wore dress Blues , so we had to be extra careful ! There is so much to share on that tour , so there will be a part 2 at least!

“Swim Call” DD(Dad’s Diary) 85

 This is just a “break” of sorts from the usual military stuff! When we were deployed on naval ships , The ocean looked refreshing sometimes (especially when the weather was warmer , or hot!) , so when we were given the chance to cool off , after several months of sailing , we enjoyed the break, and the ships I was on were small enough , and close enough to the surface of the ocean , they draped a cargo net to keep us safe from the ocean fish , and kept us all together   , and the navy divers swam under us to keep us safe ! It was just a small break , but welcomed for sure! The real “adventures” were back on board ship , so more next time…

DD(Dad’s Diary) 84 , Not to be confused with the other DD a designation for a naval Destroyer!

This blog will be about F.O.D.(Foreign Object Damage). All trash on the ground is lethal to all Jet Engines , But can also be a hazard to people too , as the Rotors can stir up and send the Trash Flying Too! The Helicopter Engines were High off the ground , and had some sort of guard to help , but the flying debris can do damage too. When I was an E-1 Recruit in Millington , we first learned the importance , as all of our training schools had a daily F.O.D. Walk down to pick up litter in the parking lots , we all lined up shoulder to shoulder and were led in a slow pace to cover the area. Years later I better understood just how important it was, As nuts and bolts in the Hangar , Or Flight Line can cause a lot of damage , so we had a real F.O.D. Walk down each day At all Aviation Squadrons , And also on all ships when we deployed! So needless to say some of the ship repairs kept us busy for sure , as pieces of rope and Metal scraps were common , as they were just trash for someone , not us!

More to come…


DD(Dad’s Diary) 83 Military Acronym Edition ;)take 2 , with spell check!;)

This blog will be a break from the usual Navy Stuff , but sort of the same too! Just down the road from us is Macdill Airforce base , where UScentcom(central command) and many other special operations (Green Berets , Navy Seals , Rangers , etc.) are based there . So for the Independence Day Celebration at The Marauders Minor league baseball game had fireworks and a Paratrooper Jump , which was great , and a much safer jump for a change as no one is shooting at them , and we were a much friendlier crowd for a change. They are sent to Macdill for a break of sorts , so we benefit from their practice and keep their qualifications up to date while they are there . So we both benefit from it!


DD(Dads Diary) 82

I have blogged or Ranted on this before , But more on my Tale of 2 Helicopters! My first job as an Aviation Electrician was as a maintenance technician on the H-2 Sea sprite , the engine covers (Or Cowling !)opened upward so we could work on the engines , but they were very light and made of fiberglass , so we had to stand up and balance on the Auxiliary Fuel Tank , and keep our tool box on the ground , and just hold any tools we needed at the time. Which was especially challenging at sea as the ocean made for a less than steady work place! Years later I worked on H-3 Sea kings ,   the engine covers were much sturdier , as they swung down and could handle several people , and tool boxes and several pieces of repair gear , what a small benefit for me? They could even stand a heavy generator , which was an added benefit for me too!


DD(Dad’s Diary) 81

This blog will be a change from the usual Navy stuff , just a day off  , and will get back to usual programming next time! The Pittsburg Pirates baseball team do their spring training here , and we catch a few games. But the rest of the year their minor league affiliate here  is the Bradenton Marauders , we are season ticket holders , so go to all of their home games at what used to be known as McKechnie field , but it ha$ been renamed Lecom (Lake Eerie College of Medicine) park ! Our box seats are behind home plate and is protected by netting , so we are safe from foul balls! But when the Pirates are here we sit in the outfield boardwalk , where the view is great , but we have to be alert when the batters are at bat , especially the left hand hitters. Mother nature has been known to cancel some games , when a rainout comes to town , but is rare and is a cool off for me!

DD (Dad’s Diary)80 Roundabouts/ Traffic Circles

This is a break from the Naval stuff. I’ll get back to that next time! In Bahrain in the Middle East and Europe they are a fact of life , as most people there grew up with them , and are more used to them , so they are a great way to speed up traffic there , the rules of the road are much different for US! They would work great here in the USA if we too grew up with them , not forced on US by the local politicians! But they seem to want them to cure all our ills! Im sure the EMT folks would not want the added patients?! Not to mention the Ambulance and Wrecker lobby would benefit for sure! We are more used to signs not symbols or stick figures or even traffic lights !? Just a rant , and will add more when I cool off and re heat!