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Gruntworks Media’s 10 Dumbest Fucking Things the U.S. Military Ever Did – #10 – US Navy Helicopter Pilots Nearly Crash Choppers into Lake Tahoe… for ‘Likes’

Upon holding up their phones and letting go of the stick, the low-level maneuver caused the aircraft to become unstable and slam into the water.

Iron Mike – Gruntworks contributing blogger

Sometimes we need to take a look at our profession of arms and remember the dumb shit that has helped get us where we are today. The military is full of stupidity. From bored privates with time and access to ordnance to incompetent leaders who make terrible decisions that get people killed. It’s worth it to examine our own mistakes so that we never repeat them again. Some of these are mistakes, some of these are trends, some of these are individual actions, but every single one will make you contemplate just how many ASVAB waivers the Department of Defense has allowed into our ranks.  So, in honor of learning our damn lessons and having a good laugh at each other’s expense I give you a new 10-part series: Gruntworks Media’s 10 Dumbest Fucking Things the U.S. Military Ever Did

10) US Navy Helicopter Pilots Nearly Crash Choppers into Lake Tahoe… for ‘Likes’.

In 2010, two aircrews from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron-41 (HSM-41) were testing the new Navy-variant of the Sikorsky “Blackhawk” Helicopter, the MH-60R. In what is probably one of the dumbest decisions ever made by a stick-jockey in a whirly-bird, the two crews decided to deliberately hover their aircraft mere feet over Lake Tahoe while horrified civilians looked on believing there to be a major accident during some kind of training exercise in the works. The reality was actually far more stupid. The pilots had been hovering feet above the water trying to take “selfies” for their unit’s Facebook page. Upon holding up their phones and letting go of the stick, the low-level maneuver caused the aircraft to become unstable and slam into the water. After barely regaining control a cunt-hair away from total catastrophic aircraft failure and a long swim back to shore, the pilots were able to coax the bird out of the lake, but not before causing a half-million dollars in damage to a sensitive antenna array and other systems in the process.

Oh yeah, the entire act of wanton stupidity and danger was caught on tape and would be the shared tens of thousands of times.

Naturally, those pilots were grounded and the Navy has presumably written a rather strident policy letter about not dipping your helicopter into Lake fucking Tahoe like a shovel-humping, bathtub-farting, mouth-breathing retard…
You can watch the whole incident here.

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