Rival news chopper pilots in famous O.J. chase now bosom buddies

Zoe Tur (L) and Dana Vahle (R). (Facebook)

Zoe Tur (L) and Dana Vahle (R). (Facebook)

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, Last Updated: 1:17 AM ET

Once fierce rivals chasing news from the air for competing networks, TV helicopter pilots Dirk Vahle and Bob Tur are now close friends.

The guys in the sky were first to hover over the scene in the famous O.J. Simpson slow-speed chase in a Ford Bronco 20 years ago as he eluded cops hunting him for murder -- Vahle for NBC, Tur for CBS.

According to KPCC Southern California Public Radio, that competitive hatred has been put aside and both are now close friends after they discovered a year ago they are now both transgender women -- Dana Vahle and Zoe Tur.

Tur let it be known in 2013 that he had a gender identity disorder.

Vahle read a news story article about Tur's admission and the first reaction was, "You've got to be f---ing kidding me," KPCC reported.

It was another helicopter pilot, Desiree Horton, who suggested Tur get in touch with Vahle.

"Desiree told me I should get in touch with Dirk Vahle," Tur told the station. "I said, 'Why? Dirk Vahle is an a--hole.' She said, 'Because Dirk is now Dana'."

The two met for dinner and a friendship was born.

And while the two women have now found common ground, the debate goes on as to who got to the Simpson chase scene first.

 


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