UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3233 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.
82nd Airborne? HA! The 101st is where's it's at!
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:
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!
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!!!:
Recently in the Mil-Av forum I talked about a mission where they found a sizable weapons cache:
The flight line on a hot Iraqi morning. God I love this job:
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??
... 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:
Hey! How many of you can say that you've taken a piss in the same toilet that Saddam Hussein has!?? I can!
UH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3228 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:
Again... what the hell is this doing out here in the middle of nowhere!?
Kuwait: Ships unloading our birds when we first got here:
Kuwait: INCREDIBLE sunset:
BOOOOOOM!!! -- OED taking care of weapon caches with some good ol' explosives.
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:
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:
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:
More country/city side of Iraq:
A helicopter's worst nightmare:
A forest of palm trees:
Iraq has some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen....
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.
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.
(PS: Photobucket totally screws up my photos when it automatically resizes them. How can I stop this from happening?)
Aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8766 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3188 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. 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.
11Bravo From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1725 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 3144 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.
NoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3100 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.
Scrappy74 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 97 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3076 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
FlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks ago) and read 2982 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.
I do not fail!!! I succede at finding what does not work!!!