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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2017, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Well, when the rig weighs 15,000+ pounds it take big tools to do the recovery. It was mentioned in an earlier article they couldn't get a recovery truck to the rig to retrieve it.

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In 1993 guys from my unit got a 5 ton truck stuck in the mud from the Missouri River being outside its banks by 6 miles. It was about 150-200 m in the water, but they tried a 5 ton wrecker and it broke. They had to call in a 8 wheel HEMET to give it a try and it took the HEMET 5 hours to get there. Luckily we were able to get it unstuck otherwise we would have had to have a Sky-crane fly in from New Orleans. Some people would have lost serious rank and pay. Luckily we had a game plan of backing the guys up as they were driving on submerged dike and made the mental mistake of trying to turn around..., (duh!) Instead of reversing out if the river.

What were they thinking?

Those Chinooks can pull a lot of weight up, but not a 5 ton stuck half way in Missouri River mud.

The wrecker actually put the 5 ton much deeper where the hod was half way submerged. If the river started to rise that vehicle could have been lost.

I was glad I didn't sign for it, but the motor pool sergeant and the company commander, a colonel was seriously pissed off.

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But...but...I thought they never got stuck.....


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But...but...I thought they never got stuck.....
LOL!!! That was good. The Air Force needs to stick to flying and have the Army tote them around on the ground, .

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