Helicopter Landing + Liftoff

This caught my eye when I pulled into the parking lot this morning:

It’s nice to have some warning, I suppose, as opposed to the day in 1968 when President Johnson arrived by helicopter in the same parking lot unannounced:

(You can read the original post about that entertaining incident here.)

But this seems to be my week for helicopters. In the large collection of contact sheets from about 1969 to 1973 I found these two images:

I have absolutely no idea what is going on here. If you do, please chime in.

Bonus: One of my exceptionally alert colleagues noticed another one removing construction equipment a few weeks ago.

Extra bonus: I had a meeting in the Moody Center today and lo and behold they’ve moved this sculpture over there. I think it will be much happier in this spot.

If you remember, it had been behind the old Physics Building, where it seemed kind of boxed in:


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2 Responses to Helicopter Landing + Liftoff

  1. mattnoall says:

    Once upon a time (in the 60’s, I think, but maybe running to the early 70’s) there was a helicopter service to the airport. I saw it coming out of the Shamrock Hilton (or the “Rock Hilton” for those remembering that). Perhaps it also used Rice. That would be a better site although not as convenient for the business folk staying at the Hilton

  2. Keith Cooper says:

    I almost sent you a picture of “bevo” in its new location. It almost looks as if they shortened it.

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