These incidents happened back in the early 90's when I was stationed in a helicopter squadron.
One day, I was driving to work around 7:00 AM and the road to my squadron on base passed by a stretch of flight line that was used to taxi or tow aircraft across. It was essentially a square mile of flat concrete with lines painted to simulate a roadway.
It was a pretty boring route except for this day, there was a white duty truck overturned on one side of the painted road lines.
There were no police cars or wreckers on site and only a few people milling around looking at the truck. I just kept driving to work so I wouldn't be late.
When I got to the squadron, I noticed our duty truck was not in its parking space. Not a definite indication that the overturned one was ours, but an interesting coincidence. After I got dressed and went to my work center, people were having a conversation and laughing. I just listened in and found out that it was indeed our duty truck that was overturned and the driver was airman (E-3) Dufus.
It was a mystery as to how he rolled the truck. When he was questioned by the responding base police what happened, he just said he didn't know. Since there were no skid marks and it was on a straight path, they couldn't figure out how it rolled over either. Our best guess was that there was an aircraft taxiing near by and blew the truck over. Airman Dufus was not charged with anything and did not get in trouble for rolling the truck. That was incident #1
Incident #2 happened a few months later when I was working the night shift. This was at the squadron home, not deployed. I was on top of one helicopter performing maintenance when I heard some banging on an adjacent aircraft. I didn't pay to much attention as this was not unusual. Then I heard a loud crash and a thud on the ground, then someone on the ground gave a loud yell.
I quickly got down from the aircraft I was on to see if I could help. I found Dufus rolling around on the ground. I told him to stay still and told another person to go call base 911.
Well Dufus did not listen to me and got up and ran back towards the hangar.
Turns out he was removing a work platform from the back of the aircraft...WHILE HE WAS SITTING ON THE PLATFORM! If that wasn't dumb enough, this was actually the SECOND time he did something like this.
Other things Dufus did was put the wrong type of fluid into the rotor head dampers causing a complete removal and replacement of the dampers and a full functional check flight...he did this more than once.
Not sure how he never got kicked out but he was a walking maintenance nightmare!
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