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U.S. Forces In Liberia  
User currently offlineSpacepope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2625 times:

Just wanted to see if any of you noticed the photos today. U.S. troops in desert camoflauge disembarking a Mi-8/17 in Monrovia, complete with what looked like an american flaf under the pilot's window (can't say for sure, bad quality photo, and the liberian flag is very similar). I know the U.S. got its hands on a few of these birds for its Afghanistan campaign, although rumored at the time to be leased from a company in Alabama. Are these new 'copters new aquisitions, or procured locally?

T.J.

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User currently offlineSpacepope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

OK not desert camo. Definitely a U.S. flag though. Here's a link to a story with the picture I was talking about.

http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/07/07/liberia/index.html

T.J.


User currently offlineCX747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

I was about to say that it looks like they are wearing woodland camo! Finally back to green!!!!!!!!

User currently offlineKolobokman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2528 times:











User currently offlineSpacepope From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2534 times:

Mi-8 it is then! The question still remains, where does the U.S. get these, and are those U.S. military pilots flying them?

T.J.


User currently offlineDahawaiian From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2524 times:

I assume they are using a Russian helicopter to keep a low profile. Something like a Chinook, Seaknight or Blackhawk would be a dead giveaway as to who the helicopter belonged to.
It probably wouldn't be all that difficult for someone like the CIA to purchase helicopters on the black market in Africa. They had their own Air Force in Air America during the war in Southeast Asia. I wonder if the military keeps a secret fleet of foreign aircraft for ops like this? Does this thing have a registration number? Very interesting.


User currently offlineBobrayner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2511 times:

Low profile? Secret fleet of foreign aircraft

Those guys - in standard US camo - don't seem camera-shy.
And what's that painted above the Ми-8 badge?

I suspect that there are some more practical reasons, too; the same as for DHL choosing Antonovs to open services into Baghdad / Afghanistan.


User currently offlineCX747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2494 times:

Mi-8s are easy to obtain and allow the user to keep a low profile ala the CIA in Afghanistan. The American flag is more than likely there to alert potential enemies of exactly who is operating the aircraft and what kind of response they could possible expect if they fire upon it.

User currently offlineBobrayner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2502 times:

How do you reconcile "keep a low profile" with "alert potential enemies of exactly who is operating the aircraft"? You can't have both.  Big grin

User currently offlineGalaxy5 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2486 times:

BTW i hope we don't get involved over there and i hope we don't send troops or aid, we have enough on our plate already, this is one area were i don't support Bush on if he decides to get us involved we're to busy right now as it is.

User currently offlineWoodreau From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

Well as you can see from the pictures the helos are operated by a company called ICI under contract to the US govt...

Cheers  Smile
Woodreau/KMVL


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