Tag Archives: aviation

Finding time to blog back in the real world

Jeez! SO much to write about but no time to do it. I don’t think I’ll catch up with everything that went on during my leave and return to Afghanistan, but may do it as more time is freed up. … Continue reading

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Wow!

I saw this and had to pass it along: Meet Jarno Smeets, a mechanical engineer who has invented a device that allows him to takoff, fly and land like a bird with what he calls a “semi human powered flying device”. He … Continue reading

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Routine- maintenance of body, mind, and machine

As the weather changed from cold to rainy in the months of March and April of 2011, the crew fell into a routine of launch, recovery and maintenance outside of our watch periods. Isolation began to take its toll on … Continue reading

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Life on the COP

The French Marines we were stationed with were a good group – friendly and anxious for us to start flying so they could work with us. Inflation went well and a French camera crew was there to record the process. Never … Continue reading

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Made it to our new “home”

The weather had finally broken, the stars aligned and we had a flight out set for around 0800 hours. Standing next to the HLZ (helicopter landing zone) outside of the COP,  we admired the view of the valley below from … Continue reading

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Getting to our site- dusted, challenged, and croissants

We found out our site was going to be on a French COP (Combat Operation Post) in the Kapisa provence, but there were no direct flights to the small outpost on US helicopters so we had to make our way … Continue reading

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First glimpse of Afghanistan

The C-17 was full and the 4.5 hour ride was cramped- if you thought you had no legroom on an airliner, try sitting on the palletized seats made for this baby! We were required to wear our IBA (body armor) … Continue reading

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