Friday Photo: dodging storms in an R44 helicopter

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The view: One of several storm cells over the high plateau east of Denver.

The pilot: John Grasberger

The photographer: Joan Cooke (the photo ship was a Robinson R44 Raven II, piloted by Joan’s husband Starr)

The aircraft: 2008 Robinson R44 Raven I, N202WT

The mission: Returning to San Diego from Oshkosh AirVenture 2014

The memory: Glad to be in a helicopter where an immediate landing is always an option as I slowly threaded my way between dark and spooky storm cells.


  • I feel you with the immediate landing statement… Unfortunately, an ‘immediate’ landing is an ever present option in any aircraft…. :-/

  • True, though the chances for a positive outcome are much greater when all you need is a clear 30 feet to land!

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