This is a bitter sweet story for me. I rode a ton in 46s when I was in…
If you have any good CH-46 stories, please share them below!
Speaking for myself, we flew in CH-53s when we were dodging ground fire on our entry into Albania, but most of my flights in the Corps were on 46s. One of them certainly saved my life when we were landing on ship and wind (or pilot error) pushed us off course a bit.
One set of back wheels hit the deck of the LHA and the 46 titled on its side, mere milliseconds from flipping and probably killing us all. Somehow, the pilot recovered, and thankfully the 46 (with its dual blades) had the power to recover from such a dangerous mistake.
I know the Osprey has its advantages in speed and range, but I don’t think in a million years it would have survived a similar mishap.
Again, make sure you share any good stories you have. Love hearing from my fellow brothers and sisters.
Keep the faith,
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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