Sue wants another shot at Whisky
By MARY MANN
WHEN Sue Gower was 22 a stranger whisked her away in a helicopter for a spontaneous afternoon of skinny dipping and lovemaking.
Now 15 years later, the 37-year-old Lismore mother-of-two wants to find her mystery Romeo.
But she can't remember the helicopter pilot's name, and knows him only as Whisky, his flying call sign.
Ms Gower said she was hitchhiking along the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory when the romantic rendezvous began.
She had a white towel turban on her head to protect her from the sun as she walked in the blazing heat.
"A chopper kept circling overhead and I just thought, 'what do they want?'," she said.
"And then this creamy-coloured four-wheel-drive comes belting up the highway and the driver said his mate up in the helicopter wanted to give me a lift.
"I just thought 'why not', and then the chopper landed at a nearby cattle yard and I met him."
They then flew over brumbies, an old World War II airstrip, and rounded-up some cattle.
"Then we went for a swim at his family's property. I was worried about crocodiles but he told me it was OK and we went skinny dipping," Ms Gower said.
"He was a gentleman and we had a great romantic afternoon. "It was a blast. So surreal."
The man had given Ms Gower his name and telephone number on a piece of paper but she had lost it.
Ms Gower said it had been a spur-of-the-moment idea to try and find him, 'and see if he's still alive'.