HS-8 Hits Hollywood!
NAS North Island's
Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 8 recently flew to a ranch
in Ventura County, CA to take part in the filming of an episode of
the television show "24." In the show's storyline, a helicopter
transporting the Russian president and first lady lands at the US
president's ranch, and the two are escorted to safety.
One of HS-8's air crew members may also actually get to see
himself on television, as he unlocks the 50-caliber machine gun
from the door and leads the actors portraying the Russian couple to
safety... although Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 2nd Class
(AW/NAC) Casey Kozak, crew chief for the "24" mission, is realistic
about his chances for superstardom.
"I don't know how much I'll be on. Probably not very much, but
basically you'll just see me get out of the aircraft and help the
passengers get out," he said.
Still... "I think it's pretty cool that I'll be on TV," he
"I'm a real big fan of the show," said Lt. Rick Hess, an HS-8
pilot. "So I think that it'll be neat to tell my friends and
family, 'Hey, that was me who did the flying there.'"
The HS-8 crew nailed the landing in two takes and had time to
take pictures with the show's cast members before heading back
Sources with the US Navy tell Aero-News the Navy has an office
in California dedicated to working with Hollywood producers. The
office screens Hollywood scripts, and makes efforts to support
those considered to be accurate and a positive, realistic portrayal
of the Navy.
Hollywood producers often seek the military's support to add the
realism of actual military aircraft and personnel, said Michael
Klick, producer and physical manager for "24."
"Having the Navy
participate brings reality to the whole project," said Klick. "If
the Navy couldn't have helped us, we would've rented some kind of
private helicopter. It wouldn't have had any armament on it, and it
would've been painted however we happened to find it. We couldn't
have done anything compared to what we did today. The Navy is my
hero right now!"
The episode, part of the show's upcoming fifth season, is
expected to air sometime in late February.
(Aero-News salutes Journalist 2nd Class Brett Cote, Combat
Camera Group Pacific)