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Old 11-15-2009, 11:11 AM   #4006
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More 'Stan pics

Flying with AB 412's



My all Afghan crewed wingman with Italian Chinook.



Following Italian Air Force CSAR AB 212's. This was a good time.



Self portrait



More dissimilar formation...



We've seen RPG's and some small arms....but the was just plain crazy. A guy in field stood up and hucked at rock at a lead...traveling 130 knots or so...and 50' AGL. One in million shot.



Fortunately...it was an easy fix. A Redbull can, some glue and clear contact paper. Yes...the Afghans few like this and no, the mission was not important.



VFR....sorta on top. The Afghans fear the cloud monsters. Which is good, the Mi-17 is not IFR anything...so this is trolling for sucker holes.

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Old 11-16-2009, 11:24 AM   #4007
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Old 11-18-2009, 11:15 AM   #4008
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couple more from the 'Stan

We dropped into this....



Had to fly down this...



To land here...



More flying with the Italians...





Between Zaranj and Farah...the middle of no where.

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Old 11-21-2009, 06:34 PM   #4009
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Been a while

Just came from the land with helicopters everywhere...NZ. I did not go up in one as this girl never pays for her helicopter rides

Anyway, saw a few along the way:

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Old 11-22-2009, 09:02 AM   #4010
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Just came from the land with helicopters everywhere...NZ. I did not go up in one as this girl never pays for her helicopter rides
That one would have been tough, looks like she's bolted down for good!
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:08 AM   #4011
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hi Guys:

Base 4 in Cape Town is looking for pilots. R22, R44 and 206. Mostly sightseeing stuff around Cape Town.






You will be working out of the V&A Waterfront which is nice.



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Old 11-24-2009, 04:26 PM   #4012
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Firefighting in Southern California.




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Old 11-24-2009, 04:36 PM   #4013
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Great Shots Fireflr - you be careful!!



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Old 11-25-2009, 12:57 PM   #4014
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Afghanistan is awesome

More work with the Italians.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Just heard about a really cool order...or guidance sent down by the Guy in charge over here (of all of it). He told his commanders they need to work to lower morale by 10%...the troops aren't focused enough on the war... forgetting we're at war here. NICE!

Mangusta wingman breaking away from us.



working on lowering my morale the directed 10%



Rare moment...Afghan gunner actually awake and looking outside!



Italians and Afghans (with an American Air Force pilot and USMC aerial gunner) on the way to Bala Morghab. It was 5 ship...these were taken by one of our Mangusta wingmen.



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Old 11-26-2009, 08:11 PM   #4015
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I took a short flight in this Jet Ranger in Seaside Oregon a few weeks back. Weak and uninteresting compared to fighting wars or fighting fires, but a ride is a ride.

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Old 11-27-2009, 06:50 PM   #4016
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Pprune

A friend of mine sent me this link. Lots of helis, penguins, ice, and boats!

Very cool!

http://www.pprune.org/rotorheads/396...tica-trip.html
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Old 12-15-2009, 07:59 AM   #4017
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After way too much lurking...

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Old 12-15-2009, 09:53 PM   #4018
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After way too much lurking...
What the hell are you doing and what took you so long?
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:58 PM   #4019
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More work with the Italians.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Just heard about a really cool order...or guidance sent down by the Guy in charge over here (of all of it). He told his commanders they need to work to lower morale by 10%...the troops aren't focused enough on the war... forgetting we're at war here. NICE!

Mangusta wingman breaking away from us.



working on lowering my morale the directed 10%



Rare moment...Afghan gunner actually awake and looking outside!



Italians and Afghans (with an American Air Force pilot and USMC aerial gunner) on the way to Bala Morghab. It was 5 ship...these were taken by one of our Mangusta wingmen.




SMR this is some fantastic stuff. Actually, recently this thread has had some stunning shots. Page 269 is just a taste, but so good.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:59 PM   #4020
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this is a KILLER shot!
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