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Tons Of Pictures From Iraq  
User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

It's been quite awhile since I shared some pictures.

Between me, my friends and my crew, we've amassed a ton of pictures. I don't know if I've shared some of these already, so excuse me if I double-post some pics.

Anyway enjoy:


82nd Airborne? HA! The 101st is where's it's at!
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/200.jpg

So there I am... flying along fat, dumb and happy, going at 150kts, roughly 100ft above the terrain. When all I catch is a quick black streak coming right for my window. I didn't even have time to turn my head. ... a freakin' bird hit and exploded on my window. I am amazed that there wasn't even a crack. I've know quite a few who had the bird come right through the window. All that remains:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/203.jpg

When you're flying along back home on a training mission there is one thing you simply don't want to see... warning lights. When you're flying on a combat mission, there is one thing you simply DON'T want to see! ...WARNING LIGHTS!
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/204.jpg
Turned out to be nothing life threatening. Only a blown seal.

The insurgents fear us. We come swooping in fast and low, drop off troops and then orbit above and pick them off with our miniguns or M-60s. And that's just ONE helicopter. I wonder what they think when they see this!!!:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/206.jpg

Recently in the Mil-Av forum I talked about a mission where they found a sizable weapons cache:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/211.jpg
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/212.jpg

The flight line on a hot Iraqi morning. God I love this job:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/219.jpg

I have a friend who an infantry CPT and I got to ride along on a convoy with him down into the heart of Baghdad. It was really interesting. Do any of you recognize this building??
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/220.jpg
... it's the one that can be clearly be seen in the videos of the opening shots of the invasion with "Shock and Awe"

One of Saddam's incredible palaces:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/250.jpg

Hey! How many of you can say that you've taken a piss in the same toilet that Saddam Hussein has!?? I can!


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User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3148 times:

Continued:

People and materiel rotating in country... and people and materiel rotating out of country:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/223.jpg

Just before you touch down, the sand causes "brownout" and it's like being in a cloud. Remain steady, no sudden control movements and make a smooth touchdown:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/225.jpg

Hey... what aircraft is this?


Iraqi countryside:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/226.jpg

160kts, 5-10 ft off the ground. SWEET:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/229.jpg

Ummm... Mosul? I think.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/231.jpg

"Hey what's the camel doing up here in the clouds?"
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/230.jpg

More Iraqi countryside:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/232.jpg

The bugs... god the bugs... uglier, bigger and scarier:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/236.jpg

In transit:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/235.jpg


User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3143 times:

the last of them....

Yet another gate guard:


You would be amazed at what you can find in the desert. You'll be flying a long, literally in the middle of nowhere... and you'll fly over something that definitely does not belong there:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/237.jpg

Again... what the hell is this doing out here in the middle of nowhere!?
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/242.jpg

Kuwait: Ships unloading our birds when we first got here:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/245.jpg

Kuwait: INCREDIBLE sunset:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/244.jpg

BOOOOOOM!!! -- OED taking care of weapon caches with some good ol' explosives.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/246.jpg

We were flying south and a sandstorm moved in fairly fast. We landed at a near by FOB and waited it out. Here is what our helicopter looked like after the storm:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/247.jpg

There is a ton of useless, junk military equipment scattered across the entire country. Looking back... Iraq must have been quite the formidable country before we kicked their asses in the Gulf War. Anyway, I believe it's a SA-3 Soviet built SAM:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/248.jpg

Occasionally the alarm will sound and everyone has to go to the bunkers b/c some form of indirect fire is coming in. A mortar went off near a housing trailer:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/259.jpg

More country/city side of Iraq:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/258.jpg

A helicopter's worst nightmare:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/255.jpg

A forest of palm trees:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/251.jpg

Iraq has some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen....
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/249.jpg

Just prior to leaving for Iraq... I brought my wife out back to teach her how to shoot. She is going to be all alone during the nights and I thought it was important that she know how to defend herself. Well after about an hour of trying to teach her... I don't know what's more dangerous... her with a gun, or a home invader! God I miss her.  frown 




Anyway, hope you all enjoyed the pictures. I'll build up some more and shoot them out to y'all in another 3-4weeks again. Take care.

-UH60

(PS: Photobucket totally screws up my photos when it automatically resizes them. How can I stop this from happening?)


User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3117 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 1):
The bugs... god the bugs... uglier, bigger and scarier:

it looks like a mix between a beetle and a spider  Silly very creepy

You have some really nice and interesting pictures. Those are some beautiful sunsets. I've never seen an orange moon before.  Smile



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User currently offlineNordair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3113 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Hey! How many of you can say that you've taken a piss in the same toilet that Saddam Hussein has!?? I can!

And you even left the seat up.


User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 2):
Photobucket totally screws up my photos when it automatically resizes them. How can I stop this from happening?

You can increase the "Max Picture Size" in the account options to something larger than 512kb which seems to be the default value. But better than that would be resizing the pictures to 640 by 480 pixels, which is perfect for this forum and will reduce the file size significantly; and now I'm done with the computer stuff.


I'm glad you're OK; no matter what I may think about the invasion and the war, I commend you for doing a very good job of getting everyone in, out and about safely... and for the psychological stability that's apparent in this post.  Wink For someone who's never been anywhere near combat, it's hard to imagine what it's like. That weapons cache would have been ugly had it been used alongside a road... wouldn't want to think about what it could do.

As for the sunset: truly incredible... but the toilet? That's so ugly it's downright insulting.



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineAC777LR From Canada, joined Apr 2006, 487 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3103 times:

They look awesome, what is the average temp where you are now? Its always neat to see an inside view of someplace so dangerous. Keep safe and good luck man


Member since April 2000
User currently offlineNordair From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

Quoting Aloges (Reply 5):

I'm glad you're OK; no matter what I may think about the invasion and the war, I commend you for doing a very good job of getting everyone in, out and about safely

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Quoting Aloges (Reply 5):
As for the sunset: truly incredible... but the toilet? That's so ugly it's downright insulting.

There were obviously no queer decorators to hire, so he had to make do with a straight one.  Smile


User currently offlineDeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 13
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3067 times:

Keep up the good work. I'll have to get my Navy friend coming over soon to get some pics as well from his Seahawk. Stay safe though those bugs don't look much worse than what is in Florida.  biggrin 


"If you can't delight in the misery of others then you don't deserve to be a college football fan."
User currently offline11Bravo From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1718 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

Great pics, thanks for sharing. If you care the "bug" is called a Darkling Beetle. The SA-3 in that shot is odd. It looks like someone attached SA-2 fins to the booster. You can see the more typical square fins on some of the other missiles in the background, weird.

Thanks again for the pics and your service. Stay safe.

Airborne!



WhaleJets Rule!
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8702 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Quoting Nordair (Reply 7):
There were obviously no queer decorators to hire, so he had to make do with a straight one.

 rotfl 

"We did hire a decorator, and he was at least as queer as Marilyn Manson on an LSD trip! Although he did screw up when he tried the candy."

Signed,




Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Excellent photos UH-60 . . . .

Damned sand storms wreak havoc with tank engines too . . . sand is so fine it coats everything, gets stuck in everything, and turbines do NOT find it user friendly.

Hoooah . . . head down and powder dry!

Press the fight.

[Edited 2006-05-07 01:44:23]

User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Great photos, I love how the TP sits in the beday(sp?), stay safe best wishes.

User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3029 times:

Excellent Photos bro!

It is amazing at the situation you have to live with and at. But at the end of the day knowing your alive once again and seeing a beautiful sunset like you posted is amazing and a nice feeling I bet! Smile

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

Thank you for taking us there with your wonderful pictures! Have you thought of publishing a book when you come back like 'Chickenhawk'?

I do hope you have a safe tour of duty and come back to relieve your wife of that gun  Smile


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7948 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3015 times:

This Saddam Hussein had one misguided taste, I must say. Thinking about it, there was a lot more misguided than only his taste.
Good thing you cleared out that weapons cache. I think I have never seen so many mines in one place.

The sunset really looks unreal. For some reason it remembered me of Star Wars Episode 4.

And I must say you apparently have a good taste in women. She look like a certain Michaela I was friend with a couple of years ago.

Stay save, take care and come back soon.



I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineScrappy74 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 97 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2991 times:

God Bless, UH60...my dad (USMA '82, now NHARNG CW4) spent a year in the 101st's AOR flying medevac missions. (And we lived at Mother Rucker for awhile when I was a little one) I can say that you're a better photographer than he is, thanks for the photos!

Thanks for all that you all are doing, you'll be in my thoughts.

As for the bugs, I've been told that a good cure for boredom is to find a camel spider, put him in the freezer, and then tie a string leash around his neck. I had photos of this but deleted them  Smile



"These days, I wish I was 6 again..."
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21552 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2973 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 1):
Hey... what aircraft is this?

Looks like a Backfire to me.

Great pictures!

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

Quoting Mir (Reply 17):
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 1):
Hey... what aircraft is this?

Looks like a Backfire to me.

Blinder sitting on it's arse.


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User currently offlineFlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2897 times:

Hey those are some awesome pics. Thanks for all of your work over there. I hope that you can get back home to your wife and home soon and safely. Keep up the great work and stay safe.
Fly Safely,
Jason D.



I do not fail!!! I succede at finding what does not work!!!
User currently offlineAGM100 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 5407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
The insurgents fear us. We come swooping in fast and low, drop off troops and then orbit above and pick them off with our miniguns or M-60s

Outstanding UH60 ! Great work here ,really appreciate the photos.

Stay Safe , give em hell.



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User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2844 times:

was that a church in the midde of nowhere ?

Great Pics dude..
thanks for sharing. Be Safe!


User currently offlineAndesSMF From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2836 times:

Thanks for the pics, always good to see you are doing well.

Couple points, did you shit gold on that toilet, cause man, they look expensive!

From the side picture of your wife, looks like you have a damn good reason to miss her. But how sweet it must be to get back.

Thanks.


User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Tons of replies and no flamefest  Smile. Be safe and come back soon.

Alex.



Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29792 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Hey UH-60....

I hope you have the plugs in that Blackhawk you parked overnight.

Of course if it was a Huey you wouldn't even have to wash it off in the morning.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
25 Post contains links and images UH60FtRucker : Alright, wilco. Thanks! Well by morning it's in the 80s. The majority of the day is over 100, at about 100-110. But the nights get COLD!! While it on
26 Gunsontheroof : Thanks for the post/pics. Take care!
27 Post contains images ANCFlyer : You're a stud Chief . . . just a danged Stud!! Here I thought I was the only one! My second wife owns her own Beauty Shop . . . man you don't know ho
28 Post contains images Doona : "Pick them off"? Isn't that a bit of an understatement when talking about a minigun? Nice pictures. Cheers Mats
29 Post contains links and images TERRA : Nice pics indeed of everyday life in Iraq. Keep the pictures coming especially the aerial shots. BTW it will be 140 degrees in a month or so and you w
30 AndesSMF : Ahh, I see you had the perfect honeymoon. Its like: How was the Caribbean? I dont know, I havent seen the pictures yet!
31 Door5Right : Fascinating stuff, Mr UH60FtRucker. Stay safe.
32 Sabena332 : Thanks for the pics, very interesting! Stay safe! Patrick
33 Post contains images Solnabo : Any sign of WMD?? Signed Hans Blix
34 Oli80 : Great pictures and thank you for sharing! Stay safe (and your wife too!) and I'm very much looking forward to your next set of pictures.
35 Covert : Thanks for the pics man
36 NeilYYZ : Great Pics! Keep up the good work, and come home safe!
37 Georgetown : Incredible pictures! Just as an aside - how much contact are you getting with the Iraqi civilians? How do they respond? At and rate, Stay safe out the
38 UH60FtRucker : :D Yeah... we didn't see much beyond the room. The place we stayed at was really nice. It had a private balcony with a hot tub and plenty of the bubb
39 Georgetown : Thanks for the response! I'm working on an article about civil society (ie: what do individuals do in their spare time) over there - so again, thanks,
40 Post contains images UH60FtRucker : Do you mean the locals or the troops? Because spare-time for the troops equals trouble!! Quick story **warning if you are an animal lover, DO NOT rea
41 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Ohhhh, you're going straight t'hell for that one!
42 Georgetown : Hahaha that's freakin brilliant! As for the spare time I was thinking locals.
43 Post contains images Windshear : Amazing first hand impressions!! This is truely amazing, to watch and read what you post, while serving in Iraq... Don't know about you guys, but I ha
44 AerospaceFan : Great pictures and wonderful comments, UH60FtRucker. We are privileged to see and read these things first-hand. Stay safe, and thank you for your cont
45 Post contains images Aloges : Definitely... that's just so wrong, and so bloody hilarious at the same time.
46 ManuCH : These pictures and stories are really great, keep them coming. And stay safe! -Manuel
47 N766UA : Cool pics, dude. Thanks for sharing! Stay safe!!
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