In early 1970, I was doing the fieldwork for my Ph.D. which involved collecting seawater samples across the mouth of Delaware Bay
at various locations, depths and times.
|Because of the rapid tidal changes in an estuary, it would be an advantage to collect synoptic samples in a line across or along the bay. In a boat, this is almost impossible (although the DRBC used a fast boat to ride in and out along the axis of the Bay in a semi-synoptic fashion) because it takes too long to sail from on station to the next, but in a helicopter one can cross the Bay in a few minutes.|
|We (my advisor, Dr. Robert Jordan, also the Delaware State Geologist, and I, Millersville Assistant Professor and UDEL graduate student), therefore, approached the Dover Airforce Base to enquire about the possibility of establishing a cooperative effort. They would provide the helicopter, crew, and winch, and we the scientist, technicians, sampling gear and plan.|