The pilot. I watched a video on the net with 2 chopper pilots vying for the winning of opening beer bottles on a table with a bottle opener attached to the runner of their choppers. That looked like child's play compared to the pilot holding that chopper steady on that roof.
piece of cake for the pilot, rear tire resting on roof, he just has to hold a little collective, prob easier than hovering. The troops are trusting the pilots 100% so they are prob the most at risk, but neither job is without it's dangers. When I did this stuff I loved it , best fun I ever had. Funny as you get older you get chicken-er or wiser, whichever way you want to look at it...
One pilot on the controls looking outside for visual reference. One pilot monitoring gauges and torque. A flight engineer who provided the 'eyes' during the wheel contact/ landing phase. A crew chief/gunner providing 'eyes' and covering fire if needed.
All these guys working towards the common goal of supporting the ground troops they are picking up.
No one person can take full credit for all that you see there. It takes a well trained team.
Havin' been in the position of the fellas jumpin' into the rear, I say the pilot has the tougher job and that guy deserves more than whatever the fellas in the back buy him when they safely touch down back at the field. :wink: :flg:
I bet there are a few guys on the board that can really enlighten us with this. :wink:
I'm a former U.S. Army Chinook helicopter pilot, too, and I've done exactely that same thing. It's a pretty tough maneuver, but with the help of a good crew onboard, it can be done. The CH47 Chinook is a pretty amazing helicopter, and still remains the favorite of all the helicopters I flew in the Army.