Pilots going above and beyond to rescue 2 SF soldiers

Discussion in 'Academy/Military News' started by Stealth, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. Stealth

    Stealth Warrior from the Start 5-Year Member

    May 19, 2010
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  2. scoutpilot

    scoutpilot 5-Year Member

    Apr 29, 2010
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    I can't offer a ton in the way of feedback. Certainly some brave flying, but as many ground pounders will attest, there's very little an Army Aviator won't do to support troops in contact. Aircraft are bullet magnets, because they're such a high-visibility kill for the enemy. A down helicopter is a huge propaganda win, but more importantly it removes a lot of capability from the immediate fight (a capability the enemy can't match). So I'm sure they landed amidst a hail of incoming fire, and I'm sure those dedicated crew chiefs in back were pressing hard on the loud switches, wearing out the barrels on their door guns.

    This is a great example of why rotary wing aviation is the most dynamic maneuver element on the battlefield. A close friend of mine, a CW2, received a DFC for landing next to a patrol in his OH-58D, putting the wounded soldier in his seat, and riding back externally so they didn't have to wait for a MEDEVAC bird. Lots of great stories out there.

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