‘Pedro’ White Rhone Blend, 2020, Columbia Valley, WA
This Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier blend has lush tropical aromas. Medium bodied with tastes of pineapple and coconut, pleasant acid with a smooth finish.
Song Pairing: ‘I Will Survive’ Gloria Gaynor
DaVine's Cajun Pasta
Probably the most satisfying mission to a FAC -- or any flyer -- was to assist in the rescue of a brother airman.
The Air Force had a dedicated search and rescue (SAR) force in Southeast Asia consisting initially of short-ranged HH-43 Huskie helicopters (call sign Pedro). These later were replaced by specially equipped HH-3 Jolly Green Giant and HH-53 Super Jolly Green Giant helicopters. Rescue helicopters were escorted by specially-trained pilots flying propeller-driven A-1 Skyraiders (call sign Sandy). The A-1 was chosen for this mission because of its ruggedness, long endurance, heavy payload (equivalent to a World War II B-17) and ability to stay with the slower helicopters.
Few Americans are aware that the HH-43 was the first USAF SAR helicopter in the war, the last USAF SAR helicopter to leave Vietnam, and that it was credited with more combat saves than either the HH-3 or the HH-53 Jolly Green Giants. This is remarkable considering that it was unarmed, very small, had a relatively short range.
Although its rotor blades were made of wood, the men who flew on it were made of steel.