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Old 18th Mar 2010, 00:01
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SuperBowl Helicopter Trivia

Beginning at about 8:10 on this video, Diana Ross is picked up by one of those rotary things we attempt to fly around. For no points or money but the satisfaction of trivia:

1) Who was the President of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter division at the time?

2) From what other event did McDonnell Douglas helicopters shuttle people to the SuperBowl prior to the game?

3) Who is the pilot of this aircraft?

4) Who is that former young guy in the back strapping the passenger in?

If you were involved in the event, no cheating. Make people work for it....



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Old 21st Mar 2010, 19:39
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Judging by the flood of replies diethelm, maybe it's time to answer your own questions
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1) Who was the President of McDonnell Douglas Helicopter division at the time? WASNT IT BOEING AT THAT TIME 1996 HARRY STONECIPHER

2) From what other event did McDonnell Douglas helicopters shuttle people to the SuperBowl prior to the game? ????

3) Who is the pilot of this aircraft? CANT SEE PILOT BUT WAS IT MFRISC

4) Who is that former young guy in the back strapping the passenger in?
WAS THAT YOU ?

WASNT THAT 900 AT MESA IN 2000/1 DOING PILOT TRAINING
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1. The president of the division at the time was Dean Borgman. MD was still independent. Stonecipher was the CEO of MD at the time. MD and Boeing's merger was not until 97. Stonecipher continued to work at the merged companies until such time as being asked to resign for a consensual relationship with a co-worker other than his wife....

2. The Phoenix Open finished up on Sunday and MD thought it would be good marketing to haul the rich and famous from Scottsdale to the game so that they could see both events.

3. Rich Lee but not sure who the co-pilot was.

4. Mike Collins who was and is also a pilot.
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oh well 0 out of 4 with one nearly what a dumb ass

i did my faa check ride with rich he is a awesome pilot and he can certainly throw the 500 around the sky
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Rich is a world class guy and gentleman. Great patient instructor.
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This Boeing Mesa visit report from Shephard Media contains a couple of additional pieces of trivia regarding Diana Ross's 1996 Super Bowl appearance, c/o Rich Lee:

To begin with Lee recalled that the very idea of flying a helicopter into a stadium full of people is, to say the least, not a brilliant idea from a health and safety point of view. Planning and preparation was exhaustive with every stakeholder involved having to be satisfied that their interests were being protected.

Those parties included the operator, the NFL, their events management company, local emergency services, federal aviation authorities and of course, Diana Ross.

Every possible eventuality had to be covered too, including the possibility of engine failure, security threats relating to what to do in the event of a sniper or bomb attack and how to avoid items being thrown from the crowd, as well as ensuring smoke from flares during halftime wouldn’t effect visibility.

Running alongside all of this air traffic control would have to inform all operators that no flights could pass through the surrounding area of the stadium during Lee’s flight. All of this was eventually co-ordinated successfully.

At one point during proceedings cushions were thrown from stadium seats to test if objects thrown from the crowd would inhibit the flight! Lee would also go on to entrust his teenage son to manage ground operations on the basis that he was used to travelling with his father to air shows and was well versed in planning for trade shows and marquee aviation events.

When the moment finally arrived to fly into the stadium, two key incidents occurred that almost led to the mission being aborted. In the first instance, flight tests had been conducted with only an empty stadium, now as Lee entered, at the point of descending, his collective pitch or pressure usually exerted to let the helicopter descend smoothly made no impact because of the heat created by a stadium full of 70,000 people.

Additionally, thousands of camera flashes went off as soon as the helicopter got to the stadium. ‘It felt like I was inside a giant diamond,’ Lee explained.

To his great relief, as he continued on his set course, the middle of the stadium produced a corridor of cold air which eventually allowed Lee to land as planned. In the end, without being able to see his landing spot, Lee had touched down four inches from where he was expected to.
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Old 2nd Jan 2018, 21:39
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Maybe the idea for imaginative publicity activities came from MD's predecessors at Hughes Helicopters!

In 1984, Hughes offered the LA Olympics organising committee the use of a number of shiny new 500Es for transport duties as they saw fit. The committee took them up on the offer and the 500E became the official helicopter of the L.A. Olympic Games.

Previously, in 1978, Hughes supplied a 500D and pilot for this little job!


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Good job the Fun Police we’re sleeping.....

Bah humbug!
Well done for getting that approved
I do like the US attitude to getting things done.
Can you imagine the conversation (and rightly so)......
“But the Perf 1 charts do not include having a door open and someone sitting with their famous legs hanging out....”
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