Big blackhawks that are beautiful. I happened to be like "ha", then We was like... You spelled Apaches wrong. No, it's not crawling with mechanics hoping to get it to fly because of it's usual 1 hour of flight ...
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- big beautiful Blackhawks. I was like "ha", then I was like...
- You spelled Apaches wrong.
- No, it's not crawling with mechanics trying to get it to fly for it's usual 1 hour of flight time a month.
- hmmmm, 1-82's Apaches broke flight records last deployment in Salerno.
- Now they don't even shrink wrap them. They realized it was too time consuming and actually locks the moisture into the aircraft.
- What's the point of wrapping them?
- Easier to write the address on there and the postage stamps stick better
- everyone's got jokes.
- Welcome to reddit!
- Just basic protection. A lot of people do the same thing to personal watercraft here in Juneau before each winter. On top of keeping everything contained and moisture free the white coating makes it easy to spot where it might have made contact with something in transit so that the techs can give those areas special attention.
- Essentially what /u/AmericanGeezus but I'll also add it was thought spending a month at sea in salty air might speed corrosion so this was an idea to limit it, though as is also pointed out, they stopped doing it. I wasn't an MTP so my port experience was limited to flying them up to Buehring to prep for combat, so I can't tell you when this stopped, but by 2010 they weren't doing it. Read more comments