Today I'll be showcasing my old Gentex Flight Helmet that I wore while I was flying on USGG, HH6A helicopters. At the time, I was stationed at USCG Airstation Borinquen, Ramey, Puerto Rico.
I was stationed in Borinquen from 1986 to 1989. I was a Petty Officer, Aviation Machinists Mate Third Class. I flew as an Aircrewman on Aerospatiale Dolphin Helicopters, HH65A models. I flew numerous routine training missions, Law Enforcement missions, Search and Rescue missions and various other "miscellaneous" missions. I held a secret clearance, made a number of rescues, flew some pretty crazy surveillance missions and saw an incredibly beautiful corner of the world from the air. Good times....... glad I did it, not sure if I'd do it again......................... As an Aircrewman, I flew in the third seat for Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement missions, and occasionally in the Co-Pilot's seat on some Training Missions (I even got some stick time in!). As the Aircrewman, I handled the radios, the rescue hoist and orchestrated the actual rescues, camera, and was observer while on surveillance missions....... refueling, pre- and post- flight inspections........ basically everything except fly the helicopter!
At Airstation Borinquen we had some of the very first HH65A helicopters and we were involved with field testing various new field modifications (sometimes with harrowing results! More on that in a later post!). In a later post I'll showcase some of my awards, flight suit, gear and pictures. For now, here's a photo of the 6527, the helicopter that I did most of my flight time on. This is an archive photo, but I believe that it was taken on a training mission in Puerto Rico about the same time that I was flying down there......... who knows, that could be me at the hoist controls!