By lex, on December 27th, 2010
Remember those Navy helo pilots who got their bellies wet at Lake Tahoe?
They were doing it for FaceBook:**
Two unidentified Navy pilots were on the return leg of a cross-country tour on Sept. 13 when they attempted to maneuver their MH-60 Romeo helicopters into a hover a few feet above the water in Emerald Bay, according to the investigation. The aircraft did not have sufficient power to sustain the hover and slowly descended into the lake before summoning enough power to regain altitude and land at nearby Lake Tahoe Airport.
The incident was recorded and posted on YouTube.
$500k in damages and two FNAEBs that apparently resulted in “penguin” status for the instructor pilots involved.
A penguin, as the astute observer will note, has wings but can’t fly.
** 10-16-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.