Somalia ROE were no fire unless a firearm / SW could be seen engaging you. Amazing how many times EVERYONE in a helo stick, pax included, saw rifle fire incoming.When we left whatever shitty FOB we were on at the end we flew out on Chinooks to Anaconda. Sand bagged bunker on the ramp sporting MGs and MGs on the sides. I didn't look closely and assumed they were 240s. I had no idea you guys were packing that kind of fire power.
The rotor head is held on with a spanner nut about 3 feet in diameter, torqued on and with 13 lock-bolts in place all torqued on as well and safety-wired. If it came loose in flight, well, its 32 feet per second, squared, until impact.I read a book when I was young called Chicken Hawk (I think) about choppers in Vietnam. That was all I needed to know....no way was I going aviation!!!