18 August 2009


Today, one of my friends who typically flies AH-64 Apache helicopters, got a chance to fly the Black Hawk. His thoughts, via Facebook status feed:

"I can't believe that an aircraft that has a max gross weight of 22,000 lbs can't spare a few pounds for an air conditioner" [Note: purists will debate the 22,000 lbs remark, but let's just keep it for the time being]

Responses to his status update:

Me: "Sure there's an air conditioner. Just take the doors off!"

However, it was a tanker that had the ultimate perspective on things: "Try a vehicle that weighs 140,000 lbs and has no air conditioner"


David M said...

The Thunder Run has linked to this post in the blog post From the Front: 08/18/2009 News and Personal dispatches from the front and the home front.

J. said...

tanker is full of crap. The M1A1 and I think the M60A3 both have micro-climate cooling systems. Part of the system's collective protection systems for CB defense. The Apache, not enough room or power for that (sorry aviator). But somehow I don't feel much pity for aviators and their liberal time off between missions.

Richard said...

Bah. It's what, 3 degrees per 1,000 feet? Just fly real high!

/misinformed response