Sunday, June 5, 2016

Some old vets need help

Dear friends,

Air America was always called a CIA proprietary, not part of the U S Government.

Recent investigations show that employees of Air America were actually employed directly by the U S Government.

Many the senior pilots were retired US military pilots. Their time with Air Am should be added to their retirement time, but for years they have been denied this increase to their pensions.
A book, "Honor Denied" by Air America pilot Allen Cates goes into detail if you want to get into it. This has been going thru congress for 13 years!

This is not an attempt to get money from the government for nothing. These guys put their lives on the line daily in service to their country. This increase in retirement is owed to them;  they earned it.

Please call your senators and ask them to support Senator Reid's NDAA Amendment 4215. This is a non-partisan item and will be part of the National defense allocations to be voted on this week.
Please call your senator first thing Monday the 6th of June. 

if you are in Idaho, please call Senator Crapo's assistant Sierra Robinson at 208-224-6142 and help our old vets get what is due them.
also  give Senator Risch the same message.

for those of you in other states, your senator's numbers are readily available on line on probably in your daily newspaper.

I thank you for all the old Air Am veterans.

disclaimer:  I do not have a dog in this fight;  I am not doing this to increase my income.

bill collier
Air America pilot June 1970 to December 1972.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Two Marines walk into a bar...

This is a true story, It happened last Friday night.

Mt wife and I went to our nearby winery to listen to one of favorite musical groups, Sadie Wagoner and her father Mike. They are fantastic. Want to hear the greatest ever rendition of HALLELUJAH just google "Sadie Wagoner...Hallelujah,"  Here is the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5fhIEv635U   But that is not what this post is about.

At the bar, I was talking to a friend, Rex and his wife Annie,  Rex asked me how my book sales were going, so we started discussing it.  Another Marine down the bar heard our conversation and asked to talk to me about my USMC and Vietnam experience. I had never met this Marine before. We sat down, had a drink and and did the usual thing comparing experiences. Turns out he was atop the Rockpile observation post that I landed on to resupply the troops up there. In telling him that I landed there, I showed him my bookmark that shows the cover of my book, an H-34 landing on the platform.

 He said, "I built that platform."






Here is a link to a story about this Marine I met, Roy Calhoun:
He just recently was awarded a Silver Star for his heroic actions in Vietnam in 1967.

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2009/apr/03/1n3star005739-hero-finally-gets-his-due/

I think we have the beginning of a great friendship.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Ravens in Laos during the Vietnam War

The Air Force had small spotter planes looking for the enemy and interdicting the supply chain on the
Ho Chi Minh Trail.  These guys had brass balls the size of baseballs.

http://www.defensemedianetwork.com/stories/the-ravens-and-the-secret-air-war-in-laos/5/


One of these guys was shot down on January 31st, 1972.
I managed to find him and rescue him with a high-hover hoist rescue with my H-34.

see "The Rescue of Raven 1-1" on you tube:  link:

http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi1828127257

For this rescue I received no medals, no rewards except knowing I had helped a fellow aviator out of a tight.
34 years later, he bought me a bottle of Scotch.


Monday, October 12, 2015

USMC helicopters in Korean War

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aK2P7xFQQU8

a good book that goes into details in "The Calvary of the Skies."

Sunday, September 13, 2015

a tricky lift job

Here is a short video of some folks doing a very challenging lift job.

I did similar work lifting things to the tops of tall buildings, but never anything this challenging.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJHlXe_RnYo

Monday, August 24, 2015

a reminder...buy my book!



http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Helicopter-Pilot-helicopter-Vietnam/dp/1500936138/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429729233&sr=1-1&keywords=collier+helicopter

http://www.amazon.com/Adventures-Helicopter-Pilot-helicopter-Vietnam/dp/1500936138/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429729233&sr=1-1&keywords=collier+helicopter