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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:53 am    Post subject: Coastie Saves Navy Pilot Reply with quote

Associated Press
20 May 2008

Coast Guard Pilot Saves Life of Navy Pilot in Horse-Back Riding Mishap

Pensacola, FL. A U.S. Navy pilot assigned to the Naval Air Training Command narrowly escaped serious injury recently when he attempted horseback riding with no prior experience.

After mounting his horse unassisted, the horse immediately began moving.

As it galloped along at a steady and rhythmic pace, the pilot, Lt. 'Cos' Cosgrove, began to slip sideways from the saddle. Although attempting to grab for the horse's mane, Cosgrove could not get a firm grip. He then threw his arms around the horse's neck, but continued to slide down the side of the horse. The horse galloped along, seemingly oblivious to its slipping rider.

Finally, losing his grip, the Lieutenant attempted to leap away from the horse and throw himself to safety. His foot, however, became entangled in the stirrup, leaving him at the mercy of the horse's pounding hooves as his head and upper body repeatedly struck the ground.

Moments away from unconsciousness, and probable death, to his great fortune a U.S. Coast Guard pilot, Lt. Ken Heeflyrite, shopping at Wal-Mart, saw him and quickly unplugged the horse!
Basic Flying Rules:
1. Try to stay in the middle of the air.
2. Don't go near the edges of it.
3. Edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees & outer space. Its much more difficult to fly in the edges.
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