FILE NAME: Sikorski, Victor W.
PRIMARY MILITARY SPECIALTY: VTOL* and V/STOL** pilot
SECONDARY MILITARY SPECIALTY: Fixed Wing and rotary wing aircraft pilot
BIRTHPLACE: Lawton, Oklahoma
LIFT TICKET was one of those guys who joined the Army to get out his hometown. The big difference with LIFT TICKET was that he scored so high on the aptitude test that he qualified for West Point Prep, Officer Candidate School, and Flight Warrant Officer Candidate School. Nobody in Lawton ever suspected that he was that smart, even LIFT TICKET; he opted for Flight School, thinking that it was the only one applicable to civilian employment. He’s known for his piloting expertise and stubborn persistence in getting into a landing zone in the middle of enemy fire for extraction.
“You don’t just fly into an LZ expecting the weapons fire to somehow miss you. You’ve got to have a whole lot of skill, plenty of stubbornness and a fistful of luck if you want to get you and your team out of there in one pieoe.”
* Vertical Take-Off and Landing
** Vertical/Short Take-Off and Landing