For several years now, we have been towing Helicopter Charlie to the "LOST in 50's" old time car show in downtown Sandpoint. We love our old 1957 H-34 helicopter and plan to keep using it to gather donations for our basic cause of helping veterans in need, and attracting new members. This past May was no exception, only this time we had a little mis-hap.
When our tow driver was making a turn to position the old H-34 into position, he swung the turn a little too wide, causing the tail of the helicopter to swing around and scrape along the side of one of the show cars ... a candy apple red 1971 Chevy El Camino SS! It was a beautiful car ... until then.
I was walking the tail just to avoid such a problem. I could see that the tail was going to hit the Chevy, and I yelled loudly for the driver to stop. He did not hear me.
We have since bought a pair of walkie-talkies to prevent such future accidents.
Here is the broken tail handling handle of the helicopter, showing
where it finally stopped scraping along the side of the auto.
This shows where we broke off the side view mirror.
Amazingly enough, the driver's window was not broken.
Close up shots of the damage to the front of the door area.
The windshield wqs broken in two places.
The descending part of the vinyl roof was ruined,
necessitating an complete new vinyl top.
All the dirt came from inside the tail of the old machine,
where it accumulated as it sat in the desert near
Tucson, AZ for decades.
I truly expected the owner of the Chevy to look me up and poke me in the eye.
He did not. He was very philosophical about the whole thing.
Love those mellow Canadians.
Front side panel where the tail first impacted.
At the end of the car show, the owner of the Chevy got a trophy.
The Hardship trophy goes to the person who had the most trouble
getting their car to and into the car show.
What could be more trouble than getting hit by a helicopter?
Damage to the left front quarter panel.