The Rise And Fall Of Captain Methane

The Rise And Fall Of Captain Methane

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by Dorcey Alan Wingo
     
 

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"Death on the 'Twilight Zone' Set"

Los Angeles Herald Examiner, July 24, 1982

"Flying debris from exploding gasoline fireballs triggered yesterday's freak helicopter crash that killed veteran actor Vic Morrow and two child actors as they filmed an escape scene, preliminary reports from investigators indicate."

May 29th, 1987 - The jury in the Twilight

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"Death on the 'Twilight Zone' Set"

Los Angeles Herald Examiner, July 24, 1982

"Flying debris from exploding gasoline fireballs triggered yesterday's freak helicopter crash that killed veteran actor Vic Morrow and two child actors as they filmed an escape scene, preliminary reports from investigators indicate."

May 29th, 1987 - The jury in the Twilight Zone accident case acquit movie director John Landis and four co-defendants of all charges filed by the LA District Attorney. Among the jurers' conclusions were that the Vietnam era helicopter was accidentally sent spinning out of control during filming by poorly timed special effects explosions.

In Northwest Texas, a small town shoeshine boy looks to the blue skies above Sundown and yearns to be a pilot. Ten years pass and Dorcey Wingo is drafted as part of LBJ's massive military build-up in Vietnam. In March of 1969, "Charlie" Model gunship pilot Wingo takes to the skies over Pleiku in the defense of freedom. The author survives his tour of duty, returning to a shattered marriage, and an ungrateful and divided America. In time, his love of flying takes him as far afield as the jungles of Peru and the poppy fields of Mexico. Then came the movies, and the Twilight Zone.

Southern California has been Wingo's home base for many years of his aerial adventures, culminating as a Huey logging pilot in the Northwestern USA and Alaska. "Captain Methane" put Wind Loggers into print in 2005, the first such book about the hazardous helicopter logging profession.

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ISBN-13:
9781432748289
Publisher:
Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date:
01/08/2010
Pages:
378
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.78(d)

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2cbyond More than 1 year ago
Reading "The Rise and Fall of Captain Methane" is like going whitewater rafting. You're just floating along looking at the scenery and suddenly you're in the white, hanging on, wondering what you'll be going through next. And then you can relax again and see if you need to empty the raft of any water that needs jettisoned. A chapter later and you're in another river with its own character, giving you another escapade to marvel at. Then, there they are,. the falls! And there is nothing you can do. Dorcey Wingo (the Captain) is going to take you over them and you'll be thrown about with the undertow and powerful forces of one of the country's more famous cataclysmic events. We ride with him as he is being thrown around by the paparazzi, movie industry, and legal system of Los Angeles, each needing a scapegoat. Take a ride through time with Captain Methane and you'll meet some of mankind's most interesting folks. Some good, some bad, but the Captain tries to be respectful of human frailties as he pilots through his life. This is a guy that has seen and done it all with a helicopter. From being involved with pioneering of pulling cable on power poles to spraying illegal crops; from fire-fighting to logging. If it can be transported with a helicopter, Dorcey Wingo has done it. And along the way finding there were unintended riders on his dangling long line-from a guy hiding in a building he airlifted, to a "juggie" named Cowboy, whooping it up one hundred feet below the Captains helicopter in a swinging metal basket. He punctuates the dangers of his career by taking us through an epilogue with some of the most intriguing people entwined in his life, most of whom are gone. Have an unforgettable read down the river of Dorcey Wingo's life. The memories will persist and you can look back on it as a very satisfying ride.