Song inspired by airplane crash

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Bill-Higdon

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I wasn't sure whether this goes here or in flight safety. Professor of Rock brought up Blood Rocks DOA
According to Bloodrock guitarist Lee Pickens, the origin of the song is about an airplane incident he encountered when he was a teenager.e an airline pilot. "When I was 17, I wanted to be an airline pilot. I had just gotten out of this airplane with a friend of mine, at this little airport, and I watched him take off. He went about 200 feet in the air, rolled and crashed."
 

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We can ask Gordon Lightfoot to do an aviation version of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

"..And Oshkosh is known as the Poberezny home
but the old-timers say it's gone corporate;

And the people would come for the friendships and fun
but now the Bratwurst is costly and horrid;

As you stop at the booths with the salesmen's half-truths
It's a safe bet they're after your money;

But there's more to be seen and there's more yet to dream
If the rain stops and the sky becomes sunny;

At the luxury chalet with the girls on display
See the latest and greatest from Garmin;

When you look at the price you'll be sure to think twice
And you'll likely be looking for Charmin!

After walkin' all day and sun's turned you gray
You'll be cryin' and thinkin' you're dyin';

And the one thing that's gone and for which you will long
is the thought of affodable flyin';

But the corporates have won and there ain't near as much fun
At the wreck of the world's greatest fly-in..."
 

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"Plane Wreck at Los Gatos," Woody Guthrie.

The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon,
A fireball of lightning, and shook all our hills,
Who are all these friends, all scattered like dry leaves?
The radio says, "They are just deportees


Springsteen's version:


Ron Wanttaja
 

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We can ask Gordon Lightfoot to do an aviation version of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"

"..And Oshkosh is known as the Poberezny home
but the old-timers say it's gone corporate;

And the people would come for the friendships and fun
but now the Bratwurst is costly and horrid;

As you stop at the booths with the salesmen's half-truths
It's a safe bet they're after your money;

But there's more to be seen and there's more yet to dream
If the rain stops and the sky becomes sunny;

At the luxury chalet with the girls on display
See the latest and greatest from Garmin;

When you look at the price you'll be sure to think twice
And you'll likely be looking for Charmin!

After walkin' all day and sun's turned you gray
You'll be cryin' and thinkin' you're dyin';

And the one thing that's gone and for which you will long
is the thought of affodable flyin';

But the corporates have won and there ain't near as much fun
At the wreck of the world's greatest fly-in..."

As a huge fan of the Wreck of the Edmund Fitz, I really think you missed your calling as a song writer VB! Pure excellence and it is spot on the way I feel.

Now I must grab my guitar and put the words to tune.

-Yellowhammer
 

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There are def a few out there... and lots of metaphorical stuff being slung around.

Another Plane Went Down - Shawn Colvin

Another plane went down today in the
Atlantic nine miles off shore
And every single black car that goes by just might be yours
I haven't moved from this spot I sit here watching TV in bed
I wanna see if the crash was sabotage
I wanna know if everyone is dead
<snip>
I've gotta call my friend who moved from New York to LA
Five days before Christmas last year his girlfriend died in a plane crash
He says the way that it happens is your heart's so heavy
It rips away upon impact
And then you just bleed inside
You don't even feel a thing
They found her on a hill in Columbia
Intact among the debris
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Sounds like he was flying a TH-55, if you didn't slam the collective down the instant the engine etc quit you were a crispy critter at the altitudes they flew in primary flight training.
Saw a few rolled up in balls after engine failure on takeoff... no fatalities while I was in primary due to in-flight accident, although we had a guy that decided to collect SGLI by touching up his buzz cut with a rotor blade... on the ramp during the AM launch at Hanchey. Sorta takes the edge off a first solo cross-country when you see that sort of thing.

I unwisely did a little civil instructing in a 300 and quickly decided to seek part-time employment elsewhere after my first student was a 50 hour-of-dual-received and still no solo. Crashworthy? Pretty much. Student-proof? Not so much.
 

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Saw a few rolled up in balls after engine failure on takeoff... no fatalities while I was in primary due to in-flight accident, although we had a guy that decided to collect SGLI by touching up his buzz cut with a rotor blade... on the ramp during the AM launch at Hanchey. Sorta takes the edge off a first solo cross-country when you see that sort of thing.

I unwisely did a little civil instructing in a 300 and quickly decided to seek part-time employment elsewhere after my first student was a 50 hour-of-dual-received and still no solo. Crashworthy? Pretty much. Student-proof? Not so much.
Robinson R-22's also have similar design of low inertia rotor systems, makes them handle like a sports car but you gotta watch your rotor RPMs if you have to autorotate.
 

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Gentleman,

This is my all time favorite song that talks about an airplane crash. I am sure you are all quite familiar with this one by the great James Taylor.

-Yellowhammer



… Just yesterday mornin', they let me know you were gone
Suzanne, the plans they made put an end to you
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song
I just can't remember who to send it to
… I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again
… Won't you look down upon me, Jesus?
You've got to help me make a stand
You've just got to see me through another day
My body's aching and my time is at hand
And I won't make it any other way
… Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you again
… Been walking my mind to an easy time
My back turned towards the sun
Lord knows, when the cold wind blows
It'll turn your head around
Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line
To talk about things to come
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground
… Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain
I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I'd see you, baby
One more time again, now
Thought I'd see you one more time again
There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you, fire and rain, now
 

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Autorotation targets/range
Bell 206 just at the lower windshield / top of nose
Robie just 2" under the instrument panel top
Hughes look between your toes

Best autos? Angel Ch 7 Enstrom and Brantley
UH-1 and Bell-212 were super sweet... easy-peasy. You could horse that aircraft around in the turn and bleed rpm, but get it all back pretty quick. After a thousand or two autos with undergrads, you got real good at spot landings for demo purposes. 214ST did not want to come down... that rotor system with the wide chord blades and big span wanted to keep flying. The 412 was a 212 with low inertia system that made autos iffy. I took my ATP and CFI refresh in a brand new 412 (ship #3 out of production) and the newb FAA guy wanted to see a touchdown... dumb (and could not argue PTS with him). Did it to sod to save the skid shoes...even dumber... lead mechanic politely suggested that I get my butt out to the parking pad and get rid of that sod farm I dragged home. CH-47D was great at coming down (higher rate than TH-55A... think we saw between 2800 and 3100 fpm), but even the MTPs were not authorized to do anything other than steady-state descent to set rotor RPM in autos with 4-5K of altitude to recover.
 

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I guess we all have stories relating to plane wrecks. My uncle was a country music singer/song-writer and knew Rocky Marciano. He was one of the last people to see Rocky before the plane took off. It really jacked my uncles mind...

He wrote this in tribute...



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Encore - UH 1 was fun but the S-58 was classic
Knew a survivor of the TH-55 he wound up short in an auto and felt a bump on landing. Looking over his shoulder was the smoking heap with his but in the dirt without a scratch.
They figured he submarined the belts and slid out the chin bubble on impact
 
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