We can all relate to the panic you feel when you realize you’ve lost your cell phone. In today’s day and age, phones are more than just a means to make phone calls, they’re pocket computers chock full of some of the most important elements of our day-to-day lives. Phone numbers, text messages, emails and an array of social media platforms remain at a fingertip’s reach, just as long as we keep our trusty smart phones tucked into our pockets. Losing your phone means not only losing touch, but potentially compromising your personal information to the world at large.
When you get home from a long day and realize your phone is no longer in your pocket, you immediately begin retracing your steps, trying to determine where you must have left it, and what the likelihood is that it might still be there waiting for you. Such was the case for one Marine pilot in training this week, who called a pub he’d been to recently named the “Thirsty Whale” to see if his phone was still there.
The “Thirsty Whale,” which touts lobster rolls and fish sandwiches, sounds like a great place to stop for a bite to eat, and maybe a bit more: “At the Whale, you’ll never go thirsty—the bar is fully stocked and there are fourteen draught lines featuring local and regional craft beers.”
To his relief, his phone was safe and sound in the custody of the pub’s staff, all he had to do was make the 30 minute drive across town to pick it up. The Marine had a better idea though, offering up a rather unusual request: he asked them to send an employee to the local soccer field with the phone, where a helicopter would be coming to pick it up.
One can assume the staff thought he was kidding, that is until the thunderous roar of a U.S. Marine Corps AH-1W attack helicopter began to echo off in the distance. Within minutes, the helicopter, also commonly referred to as a “Whiskey Cobra” was setting down between the soccer goals of the field, while a UH-1Y Venom utility/light attack helicopter hovered overhead.
One of the Cobra’s crew members then hopped out the still-running chopper and met the pub-employee to grab his phone, before turning back to climb aboard. After the AH-1W took off, the two choppers then proceeded to leave the area, presumably to return to the airstrip they came from.