Monday, September 18, 2006

Helo in Afganistan

No idea who gave it to him but here are some comments others had made on the email.

Impressed me.
This photo of a hell of a rescue mission was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan. The pilot is a PA Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the rear end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear??? If this does not impress you ..... nothing ever will.
And...
military helicopter pilots are trained in things like that -- semi-hovering while part of the helicopter is resting on a surface so people or cargo can be loaded or unloaded. We even did it in Hueys in training. It's tricky, but it can be done. A Huey pilot in my Vietnam outfit received the Congressional Medal of Honor for repeatedly doing that on a river bank under fire to rescue some Special Forces troops. Training doesn't make in any less impressive, of course -- just believable.

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