Inside the Vultures nest – Extortion 17 and the paper airplane.

The following was written originally for a military community so I will try to add as much context as possible. I have been listening to the Extortion 17 audiobook and it really hits me hard. I was on my third deployment in Afghanistan when they were shot down. 2011 was a pretty hard damn year …

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Inside the Vultures nest. Fallen Apache.

It is difficult to comprehend just how little tolerance there is for failure in the maintenance of aircraft. I have included an incident of an AH-47 that resulted in the loss of the crew and aircraft. A/C crashed in a soybean field and burned at approx 1900 hrs 12 mi south of Clarksville off Gholson …

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The Warrior Philosopher Show. Episode 0, the one with the broken helicopter and shattered spirits.

Well, it is finally here! Episode 0 of The Warrior Philosopher Show. This episode is based off a previous blog post The story of the sick helicopter and the broken pilot. https://player.pippa.io/5bc0d80d8aa66f39379aa61d/episodes/ep-0-the-one-with-the-broken-helicopter-and-shattered-spirit?theme=default&cover=1&latest=1

Military opinion – The Colonel with the flaming wings Part 1 or, The Burrito.

Link to the article at military.com From the article, and on another occasion (the Colonel) "warmed a burrito on the exhaust duct of the aircraft." I cannot stand by and allow this injustice to go unaddressed. The exhaust duct is designed for warming burritos and crew chiefs (at least on the UH-60). Any crew member …

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Inside the Vultures Nest – As the helicopter gently crashes.

I have had to deal with almost being killed in flight several times. One of the problems with a particular helicopter was that a mechanic did not install any of the fasteners on many of the flight controls on the UH-60. Now they have redundancies, I know that. But someone who fails to do their …

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The story of the sick helicopter and the broken pilot.

The sun was beating down mercilessly on the tarmac of Fort Hood Texas. The aircraft, a UH-60 Black hawk helicopter, sat on its pad, covered in wires and sensors like a hospital patient. I, Specialist BT, arrived at the hangar at 1200 p.m, ready for take-off in two hours, after the pilots go and eat …

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The rocket and the reflective belt – A wartime comedy

I am not sure what it is about night shifts, but all the stupid shit seems to happen during the sleeping time. Since you, know everyone else is awake. His name was Rocket. He was spunky. He decided to dance near the fuel depot. Because the dance could be so explosive the MPs came to …

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