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A Torch to Carry

“Two to fly; systems, you good in the back?” As a junior aviator, statements like this were commonplace in my cockpit, but never resulted in an incident or accident.

Who's Flying the Aircraft?

I showed up at my first assignment as an aviator right as we were headed out the door for a deployment in Regional Command East. I was excited and nervous. My Readiness Level 3 to 2 progression took two flights and suddenly I was flying combat missions with my troop standardization pilot.

  • 1 December 2015
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My Fight with a 30-Cent Washer

It started out like most any other night in a Balad — same mission, same timeline, same hot preflight. My co-pilot/gunner and I were to be the trail aircraft in a flight of two Apaches for yet another ground support mission over Baghdad.

  • 1 December 2015
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Stress in the Cockpit

If you’re an Army aviator, do you know why it is important to recognize the signs of fatigue and significant events in your life or the lives of the other Soldiers in your unit? I do. This is my story.

  • 1 December 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
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Luck is Not a Plan

There I was, Chalk 2 in a formation of three UH-1s. We had just completed our mission and were returning to base. The formation was in echelon left and we were briefed to fly with two to five rotor discs of separation.

  • 1 December 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 9983
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Funnel Cloud

One of the last things you expect to encounter when on a landing approach is a funnel cloud. Yet, it happened to me in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the winter of 2013 on an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission.

  • 1 November 2015
  • Author: Army Safety
  • Number of views: 10114
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