Here’s a picture of something good:
This is a picture that we did today. It is in color and pastel. The colors left my fingers dirty. We had to go wash them.that base – and the other one, there in the Mountains – they were the mountains and the Alps, and it was there . . . maybe something, maybe not . . . The bunkers were there however – we remember finding them several times. They were empty; leftovers from WWII . . . However, there was this ONE base where things were not quite so inactive . . . and there were those G.I.’s who “taught” us how to “fly” (seating us in those Cobras and learning how to move the sights around – the tracking systems for the machine gun; how the rockets worked (red rocker red rocker, silver switch is right under. Thumb the switch, pull the trigger, and there’s work to be done . . .) And I remember seeing the very first Blackhawk Helicopter – it was right there in 1972 or ‘3. It was a very gray kind of day. We were standing right there on the airport, only dozens of feet away. This sort of thing was supposed to be a sort of hush-hush kinda thing – not too loud, the Russians are listening (or at least the East Germans there) . . . but there were other things, “downstairs”, hidden in the underground bunkers . . . It’s big trick was flying upside down. “What a stupid trick,” I thought (even as a little child – I was about 12 or 13 at the time). “Totally useless.” And it was. I don’t recall of ever hearing of a Blackhawk going on a mission . . . upside down. And it seemed rather large – much larger than our other helicopters – too big to do anything, it seemed, especially when it came to dodging bullets. “Give me the slim sleek Cobra any time,” I recall thinking, realizing the Cobra’s days had come, that it was running out of time . . . Got to reading just now, wondering . . . From Wikkipedia: Sikorsky submitted the S-70 design for the United States Army‘s Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) competition in 1972. The Army designated the prototype as the YUH-60A and selected the Black Hawk as the winner of the program in 1976. Damn . . . they must have still been doing evaluations . . . wonder why us kids were there . . . Never mind. No use wondering. It’s something we’ll never know. Or at least that’s what our oldest and most knowledgble friend keeps telling us (including about the MKULTRA ‘stuff’) . . . . You’ll never know and you’ll never find out . . . but something happened there . . . Story of my life sometime. And now . . . something to make us feel kinda good: A photo from my own back yard, looking at the evening sky . . .