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My Latest Update From Iraq With More Pictures  
User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3212 times:

I haven't posted one of these picture-journals in awhile. I try and space these threads apart, simply so I don't start to bore all of you.

Anyhoo, life is going well in Iraq. At the moment I am on one of the "up-swings." Typically life in Iraq can be broken down into four categories:

1.) The Up-Swing:[b] This can be described as any period when things are going well. Usually after I get packages from home, the missions have been going successfully, I've been able to talk to my wife on the phone frequently... basically when I a feel positive about being here.

[b]2.) The Down-Swing:
Just the opposite of the up-swing. The missions have been brutal, I haven't talked to my wife for awhile, the heat is getting to me, and the situation seems bleek.

3.) Sheer Boredom: There are moments when you seriously think time is standing still. Usually this occurs when you are tasked with doing some other sh*tbag's job, because for reason he can't do it today. Usually this might be sitting in a guard tower, or standing at a freakin' gate. I don't smoke. Practically everyone smokes. But when I am in these situations, I have the huge urge to smoke. I think it has to do with just wanting SOMETHING to do.

4.) Sheer Terror: Luckily this is the most rare out of the four categories. But it's definitely the lease enjoyable. And it also typically involves someone trying to kill you. It's an odd sensation... knowing someone is actively attempting to snuff you out.

Yeah so right now I am definitely on the up-swing. I haven't been tasked out across the damn countryside, so that means I've been sleeping in my bed most nights. The missions have been relaxed from the insane tempo we had a month ago. And Atrude777 suggested I get a webcam for my wife and I - which I can't believe I hadn't thought of already. What a kick-ass way to talk to her.

The 2006 election ballots just arrived last week. A ton of us did our civic duty and voted. The insane heat is starting to subside... the other night I actually put on my cold weather pants/shirt. We got a new batch of WO1s and 2nd LTs. I was a little surprised they sent them so late during our deployment. In a way, it totally pisses me off. When I was in college and in the national guard, I BEGGED my unit to send to Iraq. "Sorry Specialist, you're place is in college. It ain't gonna happen." While my unit was sitting in the Kuwaiti desert waiting to push into Iraq... I was sitting in economic classes. But now they'll send anyone who requests it. "Wanna go to Iraq? See strange places? Meet strange people? Live in 150 degree heat and endure hell on earth? Well son, you've come to the right person!". So anyway, I was robbed of my war... now I'm stuck with being part of the clean up. Imagine being the soldier that showed up in Normandy on June 7th. Sure you're one of THEM... but you'll never be able to say you stormed the beaches. Sucks.

Here is the flightline as the sun rises to the east. It's still cold out.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/4.jpg

A typical random mortar crater. The insurgents typically lob a few poorly aimed mortars in our direction, and then run. But we've gotten pretty good at immediately triangulating the location of the fire and sending someone to go take them out.


A large explosion on the horizon. Most likely EOD doing their 'thang:


This was me on short final coming in over the river:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/37.jpg

I just love this photo. It really makes me pissed that I couldn't be apart of OIF 1. You know a lot of people make fun of the "Mission Accomplished" speech, but they really need to simply shut up. Because what these guys did, what nothing short of amazing. They took a force 1/2 the size of what they were expecting, pushed north to Baghdad in record time, and encountered a TOUGH enemy. They didn't simply accomplish the mission - they kicked the mission's ass!
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/68.jpg

Another photo that I really love. It sort of immensity of the situation. Young men and women, who grew up in relative comfort and safety, and brought half-way around the world, thrown in the middle of an alien culture and expected to be protect those who can't protect themselves.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/89.jpg

Some tanks guarding the entrance to one of the many allied HQs in Iraq:


So what do you get when you try and drive a car full of explosives through the main gate? Well Mr Iraqi, you get a special prize! You get a 120mm tank shell shot at you. Congrats and enjoy!
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/107.jpg

Hmm... a good picture of my neck!  Silly I am actually holding the camera. That's my helicopter in the back:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/118.jpg

My crew chief took this photo. That's me on the left. Personally I enjoy flying left seat over the right. Although we typically alternate between the two frequently... when I am given I choice I'll take the left side any day.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/139.jpg

The outer rims of the cities are usually extremely poor and lack proper plumbing, electricity and basic civil services:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/150.jpg

My crew chief manning the M240B:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/154.jpg

I really like this photo because it shows all of the equipment I wear. First I have my flight suit. I have two types of flightsuits. One is a single piece jumpsuit that I typically wear on colder days. And the other one is a two piece uniform very similar to my desert combat uniform, which I wear on hotter days because it breaths better. I also wear my desert boots. A good set of gloves (I buy most of my gear from Black Hawk online gear supplier). I have my helmet with the face mask. The mask helps keep sand from getting in my face, nose and mouth. I carry my sidearm in either a shoulder harness or I will wear it strapped to my leg. Depends on my mood. I also wear my flight vest. This has a ton of survival equipment in it. Lastly, when I am flying I have a kneeboard which I keep all of my important papers/mission documents on for easy access. In this photo I am wearing the two piece flight suit
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/176.jpg

This is a photo of me wearing the single piece flight jumpsuit:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/384.jpg

Check out this Polish MI-24 Hind (notice the MI-8 Hips in the background):
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/431.jpg

Here's the Hind flying along:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/433.jpg

It doesn't taste like ketchup:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/184.jpg

It doesn't taste like oreos:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/195.jpg

It doesn't taste like Pepsi:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/253.jpg

It doesn't taste like food! (It's an MRE)
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/194.jpg

Check out this desert fox. We call him Rommel. (Yeah yeah, I know... we're not very creative)
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/351.jpg

On days like this, you're so bored, walking into a spinning rotor blade doesn't sound crazy. At least it will give you something to talk about!  no 
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/357.jpg

Check out the MiG29:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/368.jpg

Shhhh... don't tell my wife I am looking at this:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/381.jpg

Sure someone you say us soldiers are nothing but Kool-Aid drinkers. You don't know what you're talking about!  Wink


Being bored:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/506.jpg

You know, we land at these refuel points that are sometimes in the middle of nowhere. And these Bedouins walk out of from the desert and try and sell us stuff. Usually it's total junk, but they're nice people and we give them food and water if we have it.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/512.jpg

And Iraqi... dump truck? Wow.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/522.jpg

Live rounds, folks. This isn't a joke:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/198.jpg

Walking out to the helicopter:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/488.jpg

Check out this traffic jam:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/337.jpg

Looking out my front window:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/232.jpg

Here's a more random photo. This little boy is leaving the funeral of his father who died in Iraq.



If there is one thing I love about Iraq, it's the sunsets.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/517.jpg

The sun sets in the west. And west is were home is.
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Iraq/505.jpg

-UH60

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User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3196 times:

Some of those photo's are amazing, I hope you stay safe out there. One question though; how come you only cover your face up and not your colleagues? Just curious.

That last photo is actually quite invigorating, at least you have one nice thing out there.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3196 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 1):
One question though; how come you only cover your face up and not your colleagues? Just curious.

I use to worry about getting in trouble. For awhile the military really cracked down hard on military blogging. So I covered my face and my name. But lately I stopped worrying about it. Practically everyone knows my name now, and prior to deploying I had posted pictures of my face, so really, the cat was out of the bag, wasn't it? So I figure that continuing to "black my face" is really just a waste of my time since I'm not really hiding anything that hasn't been revealed.

The reason why some photos are still "blacked out" is because those were done months ago. I use to black out the face prior to loading it onto Photobucket, so my collection of photos on Photobucket has older blacked-out ones, and newer, unaltered photos.

So yeah... old photos are blacked out, new photos aren't.

I mean if anyone is really interested in what I look like I've posted these in the past,


Me:


My wife:
http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g52/UH60PilotIraq/Random/wife9.jpg

My wife and I:


-UH60


User currently offlineAllstarflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3160 times:

Only one question - where's the salute smiley? Keep up the good work, soldier. Your contribution(s) are not unnoticed or forgotten.

 thumbsup 

-R


User currently offlineMyt332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3159 times:

Ahh fair enough then. You know, if you need your wife caring for while you're away just holla. I'll book my flight over there right now if you want? No? Ok then.  Wink

Nice man, very nice.



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7951 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3154 times:

Great pictures.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
I try and space these threads apart, simply so I don't start to bore all of you.

Oh, no worries ...

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Yeah so right now I am definitely on the up-swing.

Hope it stays this way.

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Most likely EOD doing their 'thang

Who?



I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3141 times:

For some reason I thought you were much older than you are...hadn't looked at your profile, which would have clarified it...but based on your comments, you seem to have a maturity at least 10 yrs older than you are...anyway, GREAT pix, THANKS for job you're doing and keep safe over there!


COBOL - Not a dead language yet!
User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1833 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3123 times:

Ah, wonderful photos. I may not always believe in what you're doing over there, but pics like these make me remember soldiers are people too. Keep up the good work!

[Edited 2006-10-08 01:51:10]

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3083 times:

Great photos and interesting commentary, as usual.

All the best to you all, and stay safe and sane!


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3071 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
It's still cold out.

Define Cold to this Eskimo  wink  laughing 

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
So what do you get when you try and drive a car full of explosives through the main gate? Well Mr Iraqi, you get a special prize! You get a 120mm tank shell shot at you. Congrats and enjoy!

Instant Hardon . . . gotta love that Panzer!

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Here's the Hind flying along:

Flying tank!

Quoting Allstarflyer (Reply 3):
Only one question - where's the salute smiley?

This always works for me:



Quoting NoUFO (Reply 5):
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Most likely EOD doing their 'thang

Who?

Explosive Ordnance Detachment . . . they blow up shit before it can blow up people/equipment.


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

Excellent work dude - really great. I really do enjoy reading about your life out there. You are doing a top job, and everyone should be thankful that there are guys like you doing the business out there. Thanks.

Did you get to play with the Hind? Thats a D-model isnt it? Presumably the Poles are using it as a support platform for the Hips correct? Amazing bit of kit.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
This is a photo of me wearing the single piece flight jumpsuit:

Man that black box disease is really bad. Hope it clears up when you get to Vegas.  Wink

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Instant Hardon . . . gotta love that Panzer!

Ahem, ummm wow... lets move on.  Wink



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3044 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
So what do you get when you try and drive a car full of explosives through the main gate? Well Mr Iraqi, you get a special prize! You get a 120mm tank shell shot at you. Congrats and enjoy!

Instant Hardon . . . gotta love that Panzer!

LOL!!!



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7951 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Explosive Ordnance Detachment . . . they blow up shit before it can blow up people/equipment.

Ah ok, thanks. Sounds better than IED to me ...



I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3036 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
It doesn't taste like ketchup:

Love the food pictures.  Smile

Anyway, great pictures as usual, of a side of Iraq we rarely see.

Stay safe.

Harry



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineIAH777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 0 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

Another bad-ass report! Boredom may suck, but I'd think its better than the alternative. Keep that powder dry and your ass covered.

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3032 times:

Great photos and great insight into the work you're doing. Tell me, and this may be a stupid question, but when you say 'my helicopter', is it the same helicopter you fly all the time ? Do you have your name painted on the side, like the Navy pilots ? Nice if it is 'yours' - when I was in the SAAF (and this was many years ago now), pilots didn't have a specific aircraft they flew, they tended to take whichever one was tasked.

Oh, and the Mig29 - is that a wreck left over from the Iraqi AF or is it someone's operational aircraft - it's hard to tell, because it seems to have bits of netting over it, and it's at a funny angle.

Stay safe !


User currently offlineCO7e7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2848 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

UH, great report as usual buddy..

I'm very glad to know you're safe and that things are going good for ya..

I have a couple of question i hope you can answer:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Personally I enjoy flying left seat over the right. Although we typically alternate between the two frequently... when I am given I choice I'll take the left side any day.

I know NOTHING about helicopters. Is it like a jet where you can fly the plane from either seat? And when one pilot is flying, is the other one doing radio or is there some sort of a military task they have to perform?

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Here's the Hind flying along:

Is it Iraqi pilots flying or Americans?

Take Care UH60.... stay safe and i'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

-Zaki


User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Reply 18, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3023 times:

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 17):
Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
Here's the Hind flying along:

Is it Iraqi pilots flying or Americans?

Poles.



What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5692 posts, RR: 52
Reply 19, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

Quoting UH60FtRucker (Thread starter):
And Atrude777 suggested I get a webcam for my wife and I - which I can't believe I hadn't thought of already. What a kick-ass way to talk to her.

I did what now?  Silly

There are times I need to keep my mouth shut..this could be one of them Big grin

Good pics dude!

Alex



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 19):

Oh look what you did now... Moron. Now there will be an anti webcam porno bi-law in the army.... Luckily, the navy recently repealed theirs much to the delight of semen abroad.

Usnstealth, take note.  Wink



Doors open, right hand side, next stop is Springfield.
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5524 posts, RR: 18
Reply 21, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

Great pictures as usual UH60FtRucker. All the best and stay safe

User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 20):
Luckily, the navy recently repealed theirs much to the delight of semen abroad.

Oh dear Lord, I hope the pun was intentional !  biggrin 


User currently offlineBeefstew25 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2991 times:

Great pics! Stay safe!


MLB: Where you are always number one for takeoff.....
User currently offlineUH60FtRucker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2973 times:

Quoting Myt332 (Reply 4):
I'll book my flight over there right now if you want? No? Ok then.

Nice man, very nice.

 sly  Yeah... I definitely married above me

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 5):
Who?

ANC nailed it:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Explosive Ordnance Detachment . . . they blow up shit before it can blow up people/equipment.



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Define Cold to this Eskimo

Well... cold is roughly 70 degrees at night. Lately the day temperatures have been hovering around 100-110. Only a month ago, the daily temperature was usually around 125-130.

But dude, it IS cold!! It's anywhere between a 30-50 temperature drop! Can you imagine it being 80 degrees during the day, and 30 at night?  cold  When I am on duty at night, I typically wear my winter hat and gloves.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Instant Hardon . . . gotta love that Panzer!

Well Sergeant Major... at your age... it's nice to know you still got it!  rotfl 

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 9):
Flying tank!



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Reply 10):
Did you get to play with the Hind? Thats a D-model isnt it? Presumably the Poles are using it as a support platform for the Hips correct? Amazing bit of kit.

Yeah I crawled up and down that thing. It's a beast of a helicopter. However, I think it's highly overrated. ANC, remember back in the good ole days of the Cold War... Soviet tanks were feared? And remember how the Gulf War showed us the truth? It's the same way with the Hind. The West grossly over-estimated it's abilities.

She's very fast on a straight dash... but it really doesn't have the agility I would expect from an attack helicopter. The power lag was significant and the xmission energy loss would be totally unacceptable in western helicopters. Their IR signature is totally unacceptable and offers very little protection against IR homing threats. It has some heavy armor for a helicopter... but at what point do you go overboard? One of my biggest complaints was the cockpit visibility, especially the front seat. Having sat in an Apache, and then a Hind, I was shocked. The armored tub the pilots sit in extends too high and interferes with seeing anything beyond the 4 and 8 o'clock positions. The window structural beams were fat, and created sizable blind spots... and when IR missiles are such a threat to this helicopter, the last thing I'd want is restricted vis.

The flight control system is antiquated. When you're handling such a beast, the last thing you want to do is waste energy manipulating the controls. The UH-60 and the AH-64 have SAS, FPS, Trim, and Boost to all aid the pilot in reducing the workload. When you're heavy with troops, or lining up on a gun run, you can't be focusing on the controls - that needs to come naturally.

Also the avionics and weapons packages were subpar. I was very disappointed to say the least. HOWEVER, I was VERY impressed by the Pols. Outstanding pilots and they really knew how to sap every bit of performance out of that turkey. I would trust them with my life any day. They'd be even better if we equipped them with the best damn helicopters in the world!  Wink

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 16):
but when you say 'my helicopter', is it the same helicopter you fly all the time ? Do you have your name painted on the side, like the Navy pilots ? Nice if it is 'yours' - when I was in the SAAF (and this was many years ago now), pilots didn't have a specific aircraft they flew, they tended to take whichever one was tasked.

No I do not have my own helicopter. My unit has a set number of helicopters and I fly all of them. However, CREW CHIEFS have their own helicopters, and they paint their names on them. They're responsible for that helicopter and making sure it is operationally ready.

I remember when I use to be a c.chief, I had my own bird. It's a big thing when you earn that right and it's a source of pride. You compete with your buddies for who has a better helicopter.

Quoting JGPH1A (Reply 16):
Oh, and the Mig29 - is that a wreck left over from the Iraqi AF or is it someone's operational aircraft - it's hard to tell, because it seems to have bits of netting over it, and it's at a funny angle.

That bird amazingly survived the war. However, it's been cannibalized for parts and is certainly not flight worthy. Sadly, it's just rusting in the desert, never to fly again.

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 17):
know NOTHING about helicopters. Is it like a jet where you can fly the plane from either seat? And when one pilot is flying, is the other one doing radio or is there some sort of a military task they have to perform?

Yes, as a pilot you are rated in both seats. The left side is considered the #1 side - the copilot side, and the right side is the #2 side - pilot's side. However, the two sides are virtually the same. The only minor differences are the pilot's side has a different collective control, the CIS panel is assigned to him.

The main reason I like flying left seat is because it has slightly better visibility. The dashboard is a few inches shorter on the left side, and gives a better view out the chin bubble.

Quoting CO7e7 (Reply 17):
Is it Iraqi pilots flying or Americans?

Neither - Polish.

-UH60


25 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Yes, you did.         Ft. Hood, Texas . . . . or the Armpit of the USA - same difference.[Edited 2006-10-08 04:23:06]
26 Post contains images Cadet57 : Maybe
27 UH60FtRucker : Seriously? I was thinking that when I was done with the 101 - I might try and get myself over to Hood to work with the 1st Cav. I've spent my entire
28 Post contains images ANCFlyer : Well, okay. I was stationed there before you were a brown stain on the matress in 1977-1979. And my memories of Ft. Hood include old barracks, a crap
29 L-188 : I remember hearing an old Iron Curtian story where an Apache and a GDR Hind where on opposite sides of then fence and got themselves in a sort of man
30 DL021 : Great photos.....stay alert, stay alive and keep making us proud.
31 Post contains images DavestanKSAN :   Great shots UH! Thanks for sharing them! I love the last one. The image of the boy mourning his father is really moving and sad. I can only pray im
32 Gilligan : Savannah, and Hunter AAF, are beautiful places. If you can get the posting, take it. River Street, Tybee Island, as well as a wealth of neat places a
33 Post contains images Oli80 : Great post as usual! I love the last 2 pictures of the sunsets. Especially the one where the clouds are covering part of the sun, beautiful picture. I
34 Post contains images Aloges : Thanks for the thread, good to read a story from right "inside" the war once again. Keep your chin up, or preferably down if need be... stay safe! Her
35 TNNH : awesome man, stay safe. enjoy the experience. your service to the country inspires me. i'm currently in the process of leaving the private sector and
36 MDorBust : Get yourself into the 3rd and you won't be seeing much time stateside. We got real good at staying deployed. POTUS: "Someone in Europe farted and bur
37 Speedbird747BA : hmmmm........I thought it was Explosive Ordnance Disposal?? Great Post UH60, keep it up. Cheers, Kyle
38 Post contains images Kazzie : Amazing photo's! Home is not as far as you think keep the smiles and stay safe!
39 Post contains images YYZflyer : Excellent pitures. It's great to know what's going on from someone that is in Iraq. Now stay safe and don't get injured.
40 AC777LR : I always enjoy reading these threads, the pictures speak a million words. Do you find now that the summer has come and gone, that the days are getting
41 Post contains images UH60FtRucker : We have internet access at most major bases/camps/FOBs. Although I'm pretty sure it goes through a proxy server in the US, so sometimes it can be pai
42 Luv2fly : You and your fellow service men and women are doing a thankless job to say the very least. Your photos and words bring it home in a way the media can
43 STT757 : Hey glad your doing ok, with regards to that Mig-29. Couldn't they load it onto a C-5 fly it back to the States, put it back together with some parts
44 Post contains images N174UA : Looks like I-5 through Seattle at most hours of the day, minus the green and the trees. Damn, dude. She's hot. You're one lucky man. Take care of you
45 Post contains links NoUFO : Wasn't that what you have had JG73 ( http://www.fabulousfulcrums.de/ ) for - and now, after introduction of the Eurofighter, the Poles?
46 AC777LR : Well as long as what you drank has been boiled you should and I say Should be okay, did you have a Hep A and B shot (Twinrex)? I know when I was in C
47 Post contains images UH60FtRucker : Damn right! I've said it once, and I'll say it again, I definitely married above me. -uh60
48 Post contains images Jutes85 : Damn, I didn't know that they let kids fly the choppas. Oh well, they let kids fix em.
49 Post contains images DavestanKSAN : Very cool, thanks so much for the answers, much appreciated!!    All the best!!! Dave [Edited 2006-10-09 08:46:10][Edited 2006-10-09 08:46:56]
50 777ER : Mmmm Kool Aid, mmm raspberry kool aid Nice colour truck
51 Jush : Some nice photos. Your doing a good thing over there and keep your ass safe mate... I'll hope you stay safe until your service is done there and you c
52 Post contains images BHMNONREV : Yeah, purified straight from the Tigris River. I was watching a report on AFN last week about the purification process using reverse osmosis and it's
53 Rotate : Very interesting report! It looks like you are doing a great job over there, a place where people like me would never think about going for work ... S
54 Post contains images Skidmarks : Excellent report mate. Nice to see you are keeping safe. Hope you stay that way for that gorgeous lady you've left at home. ANC, you've let us old bug
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