Posted by lex, on September 5, 2006
Received in an email (tks, dwas):
This photo was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan of a helo rescue mission. The pilot is a PA Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the (back) end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear???
If this doesn’t impress you, you’re pretty dern hard to impress.
Update: Welcome Corner readers. Tell hizzoner to give me a head’s up next time, so’s I don’t surprise the hosting company. The Cranium of Argghhh! tells me that this is an old pic, and in the spirit of giving credit where it’s due, provides this:
by Sgt. Gregory Heath
November 21, 2003
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter hovers near a rooftop to receive a detainee captured by 10th Mountain Division Soldiers during Operation Mountain Resolve. The operation is currently taking place in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar and Nuristan Provinces. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Greg Heath. This photo appeared on http://www.army.mil/.
And if you’ve got a spare moment, like aviation tales and are keen to look around you might click on the “Rhythms” tab at the top. There’s a couple of short stories lined up in there that you might enjoy and which shouldn’t take you more than, oh: Five minutes or so to get through.