June 16th, 2016, 01:11 AM
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Byron, MN
Just as an FYI, I went through all that and there was no mount or way to anchor the M60....lol. However, we had a heck of a time messing with kayakers and tubing people on the way back.
Our pilot decided to fly back with doors open, and I had the monkey harness and all. Was leaning well somewhat outside the aircraft with the M14 in hand in the good ol OG-107s, waving at people that saw us and waved (I finally found a use for my pasty white arms!!). Finally, they crossed a river on the way back and decided to do some NOE flying over the river. We popped around the corner and overflew a couple of kayakers. This lady had a very confused/concerned look and did a really slow "What the heck is going on?" style wave.....and I waved back. It was HILARIOUS to see!!!!
At any rate, it was a great time, and I am working with them to try to locate the M23 pintle mounts and get M60s in the doors.....as they were a huge hit with the crowds.
Thanks to everyone that helped on this, and even more thanks to those that served as door gunners!!!
-Edit: Holy crap...I reread my post. The "messing with kayakers and tubing" was regarding OVERFLYING at a safe enough altitude/distance to not tip them but still maintain low level. It was the flight crew messing with people, not me pointing my weapon at people. The wave was with my hands, not my weapon. Sorry for the miscommunication. - Jon
Last edited by DC9legacy; June 28th, 2016 at 10:11 AM.