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Posted by Jim Brady (+425) 6 years ago
Amorette's column about the rainy 1962 BHS was an interesting read. I don't remember that one in particular because I sat in the rain at too many sales during the '60s and '70s.

http://www.milescitystar....est-record

One thing in this write-up that stood out to me was the story about the helicopter being used to try and dry up the arena. I know things were a little fast and loose in those days, but it didn't make sense to me that a pilot in the military would get involved in a stunt like that, at any level. As such, I contacted an old friend of mine who was a member of the 1962 award winning 902nd drill team and asked him if he remembered anything about the incident. He told me that while he was there, the 902nd didn't have any helicopters. That begs the question; who's helicopter was it?

Amorette. I assume your source for the write-up was the "Star" archives and if so, I would really like to see how something like probable unauthorized use of a military helicopter got reported in the newspaper and nobody got a court martial. Can you please post a link to your source or a copy of the original article?
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Posted by Jim Brady (+425) 6 years ago
Does this helicopter story have a credible source or is it another BHS wives tale?

Im not saying it didn't happen, I just had never heard that one and frankly it just sounds a little fishy.
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Posted by Bob L. (+5094) 6 years ago
I bet Ike would know...
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Posted by David Schott (+17053) 6 years ago
Reply to Bob L. (#359934)
Bob L. wrote:
I bet Ike would know...

Ike flew that helicopter with Captain Knickerbocker at his side.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+14950) 6 years ago
That is a cool story you have linked to, David.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11757) 6 years ago
It may be a "old cowboy" tale. I was told the story by someone who said they were there. As we all know, memories are tricky, tricky things. I suspect it never happened but we are talking about the BHS, where the taller the tale, the more likely it is to have happened.

So, take with large grain of salt. I suspect someone in 1962 thought about it at least.
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Posted by Jim Brady (+425) 6 years ago
Thanks for the reply. It's a good story anyway.
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Posted by Mary Pat (Brady) Young (+89) 6 years ago
When I read "history" or hear hews I assume that it is the truth (Brian Williams???)...not fiction or "old wives’ tales" or "cowboy tales". I was living in Miles City that year also and I remember nothing about a helicopter or "mud slinging". Such a phenomenon as that would have kept the town talking for months if not years afterwards. Other than that reference, it was a good article. However, I do like David's version!
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