Slicing through the air, the rotor blades spin faster than the eye can see while attached to the body of the aircraft. The smell of exhaust permeates the air above the tarmac and a loud rhythm of dual engines penetrates the ear. Systems - check. Avionics - check. Crew, passengers and mission equipment - check.
The cockpit of a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter isn't a typical scene to find two unique civil engineers the
In their civilian jobs, Marcellus is a civil engineer in the Construction-Operations Division, and Weakland is a civil engineer in the Geotechnical and Engineering Services Branch.
It is rare for the same Corps projects to require both of their engineering expertise. If not for the guard and some sporting activities, they might not know each other.
"We play basketball together on the Corps' team," Weakland joked. "But we fly together more than we work together."
Adorned on Weakland's cubicle wall at the district is a poster showing cutouts of the technical intricacies of the Black Hawk, a helicopter that has been affectionately labeled as the
"Ever since I was a kid, I'd always go to the air shows at
Engineers first, pilots second
Marcellus was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the
After six years of active-duty service, his first civilian job took him to the
While living in
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