18 August 2010

Well, I'll be damned

I never thought I'd see the day when US Air Force personnel would re-enlist while flying aboard a Russian-made Mi-17 Hip.



Much to my surprise, the Army even published an aircrew training manual for the Mi-17 as well, TC 3-04.35.  (Of course, you need AKO credentials ro read it).

3 comments:

靜蔡蔡蔡蔡怡 said...

上班很累,摸個魚輕輕鬆鬆的逛部落..................................................................

Bret said...

The DOD has received alot of flak from both the media, and congress because of this. Officials would rather have us ordering pricy UH-60s for our ANA counterparts, and the CAPTF. However, they are forgetting a couple of things. First, the Mi-17 was designed to fly in Afghanistan; it's not a bad aircraft (it's just very basic, and not as developed as other choopers). Second, as financial support for Afghanistan shrinks, they won't have the funds to continue purchasing advanced helicopters. The Mi-17 offers an economical solution. Thirdly, it makes sense for CAPTF to procure a couple of these for themselves if this is the platform that we want Afghan Security Forces to use.

Anonymous said...

The AF is running a Mi-17 AQC down at Hurlburt if I'm not mistaken.