2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 2 Aug 2005 17:00:54 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Aerial UXO surveys
Job: Find the bomb. Altitude: 3 feet

Precision flying, taut nerves part of the job when seeking out explosives

By Frank D. Roylance
Baltimore Sun 
July 29, 2005

ABERDEEN -- Peeling his orange flight suit down to his waist in the
90-degree heat, pilot Don Shearer stands by his helicopter and tries to
describe what it's like to fly three feet above an abandoned bombing
range in search of unexploded ordnance.

"This is probably one of the most intense things I've ever done," he says.

It's not the danger from the bombs. They're buried in the ground -- duds
that failed to explode or castoffs, dumped decades ago on military
property and forgotten.

It's the precision flying, said Shearer, 46. A partner in Sky Research
Inc. of Ashland, Ore., the veteran pilot flies choppers laden with
magnetic sensors that help the U.S. military locate buried, unexploded
ordnance on bases around the country.


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Lenny Siegel
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