Adjust To Your Needs

If you’re in the middle of the ocean with no flippers and no life preserver and you hear a helicopter, this is music. You have to adjust to your needs at the moment.
—- Tom Waits

Rotor on a Bell UH-1 Huey on temporary display, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas

Rotor on a Bell UH-1 Huey on temporary display, University of Texas at Dallas,
Richardson, Texas

Helicopter courtesy of Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Heavy Lifting

He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others.
—-Douglas Horton

I rode the DART train into Downtown Dallas for the last Dallas Writing Marathon and as the short line of yellow electric cars climbed out of the tunnel under Central Expressway I could hear a distinct WUP-WUP-WUP sound. Looking out the window, I saw a gigantic lifting helicopter delivering a load to the top of the Chase Tower (the skyscraper with a big hole in it). By the time the train pulled into the station, it had already settled into a parking lot behind the Plaza of the Americas.

A few hours later, after we had finished writing, I returned to the station and discovered the skycrane was taking off again. I ran around, up to the police lines, and watched it carry a load (it looked like electrical equipment) up to the notch in the top of the vaulted cap of the skyscraper.

The helicopter was a Sikorsky S-64, modified by Erickson Air-Crane. It had a plastic bubble facing backward into the cargo area where a crewman could sit and direct a precision lift. The whole operation was extensive – from police security to a line of trucks delivering cargo to be lifted to a tanker truck of jetfuel to keep the copter going.

It was all pretty cool. I took some pictures.

Sikorsky S-64 delivering a load to the top of the Chase Tower, Dallas, Texas

Sikorsky S-64 delivering a load to the top of the Chase Tower, Dallas, Texas

Music has generally involved a lot of awkward contraptions, a certain amount of heavy lifting.
—-Tom Waits

Erickson Air-Crane and the Dallas Skyline

Erickson Air-Crane and the Dallas Skyline

As I get older, the present and the past shift and become the past and the future… A lot of it is a new awareness of time and life and the wheel of fortune crushing you and lifting you and crushing you and lifting you.
—-Feist

Erickson Air-Crane

Erickson Air-Crane

Another mode of accumulating power arises from lifting a weight and then allowing it to fall.
—-Charles Babbage