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This photograph was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan during a rescue mission. The pilot is a PA National guardsman whose regular job is an EMT helicopter pilot.
US helicopter in Afghanistan
How many pilots do you know can set the back end of a helicopter down on a shack on a steep mountain cliff, while soldiers load wounded comrades?
H/t Joseph Karoki

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  1. This pilot needs to have a medal bestowed on him . That almost defies physics and gravity .

  2. Nice “parking job”! Well done, pilot!!!! And to think….some of these “pajama boys” can’t even parallel park…lol

  3. Amazing rescue.
    And she was nursing at the same time! (NOT)
    Is that the roof of the U.S.Embassy?
    Maybe Pennsylvania isn’t so bad after all.
    But did this violate “Valerie’s Rules of Engagement”?

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  5. In Jesus’s name, Father God, protect and care for our troops and their families, provide for their every need, and bring them home safely after they have done all that you would them to do the way You would have them do them. Let them (and us) do no other thing no other way. Let the greatness of our nation and people be used for You and not Your enemy.

  6. Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Pray to the God on which America was founded, He is waiting for us. Failure to do so will lead to great sorrow. Whom will you serve, the One who gave us blessings or His enemies?


  8. Now that is some serious skill going on there. 🙂

  9. Now, that’s skill…

  10. HOORAH!

  11. ….then there’s pilots like THIS,who see an incredible challenge like this as “another day in the life” Whenever I hear someone mention a great pilot,I’ll be thinking of THIS one.

    • Dear Truck & all..many years ago, before most “digital” things & electronic devices/modern computers existed, my dad had a dissecting aneurism on an ascending aorta to his heart… the local hospital, they put him in a “pressure suit” to keep all his blood up into his vital organs..& planned to transport him to the U of MD ShocK Trauma in Baltimore, where a surgeon who’d perfected the repair surgery for such a thing was in residence.
      The KICKER was…it was November, & there was SO MUCH FOG.. they could not transport him fr Western MD by air…& land transport would have even been risky & LONG. FINALLY…at some point, a Maryland State Police Helicopter Pilot stepped forward/volunteered to take him to Baltimore via air ( I’m sure then, to the unending efforts from the female emergency-room resident-in-training who took him in and diagnosed the problem….and did not GIVE UP on finding the correct solution for my dad ).The pilot flew perilously close to the ground the whole way…following the Potomac River under the fog. This was BOTH to find a clear route to Baltimore under the fog…and to ALSO, keep my dad under the altitude that might cause pressure to complete the aneurysim, breaking the artery, killing him almost instantly. My father’s life was already on the line…but this man, this Maryland State Police Helicopter Pilot put his OWN life on that same line to take my father, a stranger, to his last chance at survival.
      My dad got the difficult operation, which barely succeeded (should have been 4 hours…took 10—b/c the surgeons-in-training, under the eye of their “master surgeon” would NOT give up), plus an artificial valve….and lived another decade (joyously) with us. I NEVER knew the name of that MD State Police Helicopter Pilot…but I wrote a note of thanks to “whomever” to his/her barracks for the almost EVERYDAY bravery of these people and their peers. This man probably went home that night and “chalked it up” to just another stressful workday…maybe a little worse….but to US, OUR FAMILY, it gave our father to us for another decade……My children grew up knowing him…he influenced the life-time career of our youngest child…and so on…The “everyday” heroism of that helicopter pilot is measured in love every day of our lives…those of us who survived/rejoiced in my dad’s life.
      These people mostly remain anonymous…and they are legion…and they live everywhere amongst us…and they are called “AMERICANS.”

  12. Those pilots have to have nerves of steel. My Lord! LOL

  13. Is this helicopter a Chinook? Many still want to know what happened to that Chinook in Afghanistan that killed 31 Navy SEALS in the Bid Laden episode.

  14. Yes, it’s a Chinook. We had Huey and Chinook pilots in Vietnam that did things that would amaze you. I flew in Hueys, alongside a few Chinooks, giving them cover, delivering troops and supplies on mountain tops similar to this. Only difference … these guys had a heck of a nice place to stay, as compared to our then current grunts. Yep, some awesome piloting skills, but you can find videos on the net, of Chinooks doing some incredible things. The Chinook is one heck of a bird … that’s why the military still uses them and updated Hueys.

  15. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this wonderful post. The precision and accuracy is amazing! What a talented pilot!


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