A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Awesomes

apache longbow pilotFirst is a self-portrait of an Apache Longbow pilot taken somewhere over Iraq circa 2003. Handsome, isn’t he?

Second is the eyepiece under the fancy shades. Just thinking about trying to use that is giving me a headache right now.

I got to see an Apache Longbow up close once. On the ground of course. Even though it’s a two-seater, no civilian passengers allowed. (IIRC, no military ones either unless they are also Apache pilots or training to be one.)

During Operation Desert Storm, I also got to take a tour of (parts of) a B-52. And because I live near an AF base, I get to see A10 Warthogs flying above my house occasionally. Years ago, it was common to see KC-10s regularly. Rarely do the B-52s fly near my house, but I do remember feeling and hearing them when they got home from Desert Storm as they took a celebratory tour of the area.

But I’m fascinated by helicopters because… well, because to me they still look like they shouldn’t be able to fly!

apache longbow eyepiece

Third are some Apache helicopters in action, set to the theme from Airwolf.

I admit it, I liked that show.

4 thoughts on “A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Awesomes

  1. When my Aunt was alive, and I would visit her in Bossier, I frequently walked through her neighborhood for exercise. One morning, as I walked, a B52 from Barksdale (I assume) was making looong circles around the outskirts of Shreve/Bossier, over and over, maybe practicing some touch downs as he flew over Barksdale, followed by rising again, and making another looong circle. Not a dramatic story. But the planes are so big, it was entrancing/relaxing to watch the ongoing ongoing ongoing loong slow circles, over and over.

  2. The few times I’ve been around Barksdale when a B-52 took off, I felt like cheering it on… You can do it! You can do it! Considering they are all around 50 years old, they are truly amazing machines.

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