Darrell Rasor, a member of the Alaska Air National Guard, explains the finer details of a Blackhawk helicopter to students at Kenai Central High School on Friday. Rasor and several other National Guard members out of Fort Richardson, near Anchorage, brought the $8 million to $10 million helicopter to Kenai Central and Soldotna high schools last week as part of an annual recruitment exercise. The Guard members also planned to give several teachers a ride in the bird, but couldn't get it started once on the field at KCHS. "It's a minor problem. Nothing to do with flight safety, just a pain in the butt," said John Martin, a Guard mechanic from Homer. He explained the auxiliary generator, which initially fires the engines on the helicopter, would not start.
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