David, our Nephew-In-Law, is a Coast Guard rescue helicopter pilot. I posted about one rescue he worked here.
After dinner Thursday evening, he gave us the "royal" tour through the Clearwater Coast Guard complex.
This ceiling fan embodies the saying "Go big or stay home." I won't even tell you what it's called.
The circles on this map indicate the area that the Clearwater Coast Guard "works" when a rescue or seizure is needed. That's A LOT of space for which to be responsible, don't'cha think?
These are the vests that are worn during a rescue. David said the first thing he had to learn was how to SWIM while wearing one of these.
I don't know how many pounds it weighs - - - but hubby isn't really letting you see how heavy it is. Let me just say that if I was thrown into water wearing one of these I would never ever surface again on my own. Never Ever. I couldn't even hold it without dropping it.
Here is David standing in front of one of the birds which he flies. I was impressed.
And this is the plane that also works rescue missions. It is used for spotting as well as for carrying and dropping rescue supplies.
This is the back portion of the plane which can open to lower a payload. You know, just like they did with the elephant in "Operation Dumbo Drop."
Monday, April 13, 2009
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WOW!!!!! How stinkin cool is this?? I'm so jealous!
So the sign from 2005...is the first picture weapons? I understand the pot leaf and the life ring...what's the Ninja Star looking thingy??
We don't know. Your dad asked David about it, but he didn't now either. Maybe it is weapons - - - that would make sense, but I just don't know.
The reason they saved so many lives in 2005 was Katrina.
David thought the star thingy might be meth or cocaine or some other drug - - - - not sure.
So. It's not just boats that they use.
That's quite a swim harness.
My boys would have been in little boy heaven! I'll have to show them this post. They will love it!
My little boy was in little boy heaven - - - can't you see it on his face???
i want to be in the coast guard!
I know what that fan is called. We have them in IKEA up here in Minneapolis. Too funny.
What a brave man. Thanks for the tour. I feel really good that I live in that large circle :)
Angie - - - well THANKS for NOT putting it right here in my comments!!! :-)
Kirby - - - yep you're in the circle of trust!!!
AWESOME!!!! I loved this post! How cool!
And of course I do want to know what it is called.
Heeeyyyy, look at you! You look great in a helicopter.
I hand it to the Coast Guard. I think many people forget they are part of the armed forces. And here in southern Florida, they have the extra dangers of dealing with drug runners, and the people who make money smuggling illegal immigrants by boat, and wayward boaters.
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