27 April 2010

I got pwnt

This will shock everyone, I'm sure, but I had a recent conversation (read: self-aggrandizing debate) with an Apache pilot, where I compared the capabilities of each of our aircraft.

I noted, taking into consideration all of the different variants of the basic H-60 design (Black Hawk, Sea Hawk, Pave Hawk, etc) that "A Black Hawk can do any mission an Apache can do; except the Black Hawk can also rescue an Apache pilot".

The Apache pilot responded, "Uh, we can do that, too, you know".

Yeah, he's actually right. Watch this video, which features British WAH-64Ds rescuing a British soldier in Afghanistan. (The US has used this trick at least once before in Afghanistan, as well)


3 comments:

Gunslinger said...

I saw this happen once in Iraq in 2007 as well when an OH-58 went down deep inside al Qaeda held territory. The pilots strapped on to the side of an AH-64 that was responding to the scene and hightailed it back to BIAP. Must have been a wild ride.

Mike said...

March 2009 in Baraki Barak district, Logar, Afghanistan. Apache pilots rescued two wounded during a raid. Pretty cool to see...

badlieutenant said...

Our AH-64 guys practiced that in Kosovo in 2007 with a bunch of volunteers too, since USAREUR wouldn't approve it anywhere else...