*Captain ken Grimshaw; 15,000 hr. ATP Rated pilot in Command of 44 years with an A&P license. He is now retired,and a Global Help Save Sharks advocate and a published author, Enrichment Speaker and the producer of a new documentary "Great White Sharks of Montauk."His 25 years of spotting and studying great White Sharks from his super cub, off Montauk, N. y., has made him and expert on these magnificent creatures .
The Three Legged Pony, Memior of a True East Hampton Bonacker
By Kenneth W. Grimshaw
Preview: * JACO THE CAMEL KILLER One of the best pilots I have ever known, started out as a line boy with me at the East Hampton Airport. He was a Frenchman named Jean Jolie, I called him Jaco. He had flown 102’s in the Algerian War, in the French North African Air Force. He told me he and had the oddest of jobs, he killed camels from the sky. This only seems like a lie, it seems like a stupid lie. But when you think about it for a moment, it makes sense, as interdiction of supply routes is perhaps the oldest of military strategies. In this war, a war of rebellion by the French North African colonies against France herself, the materiel traveled by camel and by not much else. Machine guns, pack mortars and howitzers, les canons, food, clothing, ammunition. It all traveled by camelback from point a to point b, and all for use against De Gaulle’s men. Jaco loved to go, and he loved to go fast. He married an American woman, from Southampton, who had money and probably could have afforded to keep him around the house, but this ex-camels’ worst nightmare got a job with me at the East Hampton airport as a line boy, despite having been a combat fighter pilot. Soon enough, though, he was in the cockpit, and a handier guy with stick and rudder there was not. That is not to say, though, that he was always the sanest, safest guy on the tarmac, no. Once, we were flying a DC-3 back from Floyd Bennett field in NYC to East Hampton. We were over Jamaica Bay, and Jaco had the airplane. On that day, nothing would do but to put the plane into a roll like it were a pair of dice.
But for those of you unfamiliar with the DC-3, there were extremely sturdy (some of them, pre-war all, are in active service today) airplane, used by the army during he war as a troop transport and all around cargo hauler. It is not – most emphatically not a fighter, or an aerobatic airplane.
But Jaco did it, right over the Marine Park Bridge. I started to yell when we started to roll, and I stopped when we stopped. I looked over and was greeted with the most excellent, nonchalant and Gallic smile possible from Jaco. “Fun, yes?” said he. “Heck no!” said I. This had little to no effect on Jaco. If it flew, it rolled, and proof of this for him was in the pudding when test pilots rolled a Boeing 747 during flight test. The day that came out in Aviation Week was one of Jaco’s best, I thought. He carried the article around with him, a twinkle in his eye, and looked at every goddamned thing with the intention of rolling it if he could, or looping the loop, preferably an outside loop, or taking it and streaking it at ten feet off the Algerian deck, cannons ablaze, camels on the losing side of the equation. His wife was a looker, and although I am no real judge of these matters, he was a handsome guy. They made a great couple, and it was not too long before Jaco was elevated from the lowly post of ex-camel killer and lineboy to air taxi pilot, just as soon as he got an American license, which was pretty soon, as I recall. Eventually he ended up being a 747 captain, although I do not remember with which airline. All I know is that wherever he ended up, before his somewhat premature death on the ground from his heart, he wanted to roll that airliner every time he got it. He was one hell of a guy, and I was privileged for getting to fly with him.
Captain Grimshaw with Owner Carl Darenberg Explaining the rules for the Tag-Only Release, Fishing Tournament
Photos of Day One Thanks to the efforts of all of these people:
April Gornick, renound artist donated a painting as one of the prizes; Carl Darenberg,Captain Ken Grimshaw,Citizens of Montauk,Montauk Boatman,Montauk Chamber,Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation,Global SharkTrekker,Center for Shark Research, Mote Marine Lab,Ocearch,Michael Potts,Shark Brothers Tournament Fishing Area Map,Competing Boats Marked (10 boats participated 64 sharks tagged and released-33 were Makos)
Tournament Photos Thanks to Carl Darenberg---------------------------------------
Catch and Release the Sharks using circle hooks One of the 4 Satallite Tagged Named Sharks Ocearch.org Track the Satalite tagged Sharks