April A to Z – Hello, Help and Helicopters!

Where do I begin with today’s letter? I think I’ll turn the sequence around… I’ll begin with helicopters. Why helicopters? Because there’s an old saying… if you have jet-fuel in your veins it never leaves. Yes, I spent years in the South African Air Force. The last few years as a chopper flight engineer. (I’ve written about here and here.)

Chopper flying is addictive. You get a buzz from it that you can’t get off fixed wing flying. Especially operational military flying. Imagine mountain frying* sorry, flying in the snow or sea rescue in a storm or flood relief in the aftermath of a subtropical deluge. You get to earn your keep in those kinds of situations.

Alo 111 620 hovers near Cape Recife Lighthouse, photo taken 29 May, 1990

OK… enough about flying. Now… for a little help, if you may! Any literary agents or publishers out there… I’d like to make contact, please.

Then, since this April A to Z has begun I’ve made a good few new virtual friends! Hello and welcome to you all… I hope you’ll keep visiting, even after the month goes by. As per usual… thanks to all the regulars as well! Knowing I may be spreading a smile or two every day makes my day somewhat brighter! Thanks!

Four stack formation in the Southern Drakensberg near Elliot in the North Eastern Cape, Aug 1988

The photos are copies of originals… authentic, from my flying days. I’m in both photos…

*PS – Thanks to Susan for pointing out my slip of the finger… do read her comments below!! Also, it’s actually quite justified as I pointed out a little error on one of her posts just days ago… justice!!

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30 Responses to April A to Z – Hello, Help and Helicopters!

  1. Osyth says:

    Fantastic pictures and a great insight into a world most know little of except what is bandied in the press, I suspect with little accuracy. Email me if you would like – I was a literary agent in a previous life and I may have some suggestions.

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  2. Johan says:

    Beautiful pics. Thank you for sharing them with us.


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  4. Srivi says:

    Love the pictures! Kudos to you for flying the chopper in a storm and rescuing/ helping people 🙂

    I would surely follow your blog even after this challenge is over! I really enjoy reading your posts 🙂


  5. Christina B says:

    Like everyone said: spectacular flying formation. I’ve only had the privilege of flying in a helicopter once as a passenger and only for about 10 minutes but I was hooked after that.


  6. floridamom says:

    Beautiful photos! My fear of heights will keep me out of any voluntary helicopter rides but I can enjoy photos such as yours. I am forever grateful for helicopters and their pilots. A helicopter pilot and the medical team he carried saved the life of our daughter-in-law and youngest grandson. Even though the hospital was nearby, going by ambulance would have been too late. You people rock!

    I browsed through your archives and I do plan to stick around after the challenge is over, so Hello to you.

    Sorry, can’t help you on the middle H. Not an agent



    • aj vosse says:

      Thanks for your comment! It gives me goose flesh when I hear of life saving rescues carried out by chopper crews!!
      Yep… I reckon the most positive part of this A to Z has been meeting so many great folk! Thanks and welcome! 😉


  7. What a fabulous post – and that photo of the stacked helicopters is incredible! As for your comments regarding meeting new people through the A-Z Challenge – I intend to continue to follow your entertaining blog. 🙂

    Susan A Eames from
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  8. Susan Scott says:

    ‘…frying in the snow’? Freudian slip or something? Vrek those are nice photos! Which mountains/berge are you in? And which sea? Just curious. You have surely earned your keep. Bringing a smile to the reader on your pages is also earning your keep, so thank you:) Lovely post AJ dankie!


    • aj vosse says:

      Oh gosh… my time for a slip! Oh well, Freudians don’t change their spots… do they??
      Southern Drakensberg, Elliot way, mountain flying camp in about 1987… I think
      Cape Recife Lighthouse, Port Elizabeth. I was based at 16 SQN.
      Thanks to you too… your correction and comment made me smile!! 😉


  9. HesterLeyNel says:

    Daardie formasievlug is ‘n fantastiese skouspel, maar o hemel, my senuwees sal dit nie hou as ek so baie lugverkeer om my het nie. Dit moet erger wees as die N3 tussen Durban en Johannesburg oor ‘n paasnaweek. Ek is bly die A-Z het veroorsaak dat ons mekaar raakgeloop het – jy is die enigste persoon op aarde wat my kan voorstel aan ‘n leprechaun.


    • aj vosse says:

      Nou het jy my gaande… “L” is baie naby. Ek dink daar kan dalk net ‘n ou leprechaun possie gebeur! Dankie…
      BTW… my senuwees was ook gedaan… ek was glad nie lief vir bergvlieg nie… veral nie mey jong, onervare student vlieëniers nie!! (At that stage the squadron did advanced heli training for already qualified pilots but when it came to the mountains it was usually a nervy affair!!)


  10. de Wets Wild says:

    Die formasie in die berge is skouspelagtig!


  11. RuthsArc says:

    Incredible helicopter photos. Love them. Hello to you to, glad I’ve found your blog through this alphabet challenge. Thanks for sharing a bit about your life in this post.


    • aj vosse says:

      The A to Z is really working – meeting new folk is great! Chopper flying was great… it was a life not understood by many but we tried to be of service! 😀

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Lola says:

    Spectacular images! Amazing story. Thank you.


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