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 #65393  by adrianspeeder
 
While I may be avionics by trade full time, I can do a little bit of flyin' crew chief jobs on the side. Some of my more favorite shots I've taken while haulin' ass around the world.

Afghanistan has quite a few high and cold mountains.

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Little bit of angle and dangle.

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Just reach out and touch 'em.

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How we roll...

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Gates of Hell ain't far from Kandahar.

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I debated weather to post this or not, but it is a story that I will forever remember. We had left Kandahar, gone to our next FOB, and as we were engine starting to leave, the call comes in to head back to Kandahar for a no-notice medivac. A soldier was not an hour or so before hit by a sniper above his armor, in his throat, through his spine, and out the back. Well, myself and the loadmasters had the cargo reconfiged, onboard medivac equipment setup, and ready for the pickup in under 30mins. It didn't look good with all the breathing equipment, and was given a 50/50 on surviving the flight. Amazingly while coming out of anesthesia, the soldier was able to lift his arms and wiggle toes. I packed it full of fuel while the AC got the waiver for weight, and flight plan to push those motors to the redline, and we went as fast as she would go into Germany. The absolutely smoothest landing fell into place where you couldn't tell approach from touchdown and full stop, and he was sped away still holding on.

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Never knew his name, or how his story turned out, but I like to think our piece of the puzzle all came together and made a mission happen.

On to a happier part of being in Germany...

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A different day and trip found me in the exciting world of East Moline Iowa. Woooooooo...

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Climbin hard and fast.

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Fly me to the moon...

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Crossin' the pond high as I've ever been.

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Ways you know your country has too much freakin' money. Some kind of man made island thing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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More time over Afghanistan lookin' for any rocks being tossed our way.

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Nothin' quite like an Afghanistan sunset.

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Adrianspeeder
 #65396  by dave_in_delaware
 
Thank you so VERY MUCH for sharing those photos and stories. The mountains are beautiful. And that wounded soldier story/photo brought a tear to my eye.

That Dubai thing is made from dredged material. They're doing a few "island creation" projects around there. Huge real estate market. I deal with dredged material at work, so I've been keeping an eye on al those manmade landforms. Interesting stuff.
 #65494  by Dr. Eastwood
 
Great photos and an excellent story, thank you! :applause:






dave_in_delaware wrote:Thank you so VERY MUCH for sharing those photos and stories. The mountains are beautiful. And that wounded soldier story/photo brought a tear to my eye.

That Dubai thing is made from dredged material. They're doing a few "island creation" projects around there. Huge real estate market. I deal with dredged material at work, so I've been keeping an eye on al those manmade landforms. Interesting stuff.
I've heard that they're not developing that island quick enough and it's being washed away.
 #65502  by Lascivious1
 
Dr. Eastwood wrote:Great photos and an excellent story, thank you! :applause:






dave_in_delaware wrote:Thank you so VERY MUCH for sharing those photos and stories. The mountains are beautiful. And that wounded soldier story/photo brought a tear to my eye.

That Dubai thing is made from dredged material. They're doing a few "island creation" projects around there. Huge real estate market. I deal with dredged material at work, so I've been keeping an eye on al those manmade landforms. Interesting stuff.
I've heard that they're not developing that island quick enough and it's being washed away.
I watched a show couple years ago. think it was the Science channel. they showed how they were building the island. they would bring in tons of sands and use some kinda vibrating machine "which was HUGE!" to amke the sand settle and compact. i was actually thinking no matter hwot hey did it it wold still wash away with the currents.
 #65514  by dave_in_delaware
 
They would probably still have to use some sort of armor stone around the perimeter to protect the sand from the water's effects. I have no idea what they're doing about that.
 #66476  by adrianspeeder
 
One of the other hats I wear at work is headin' out to recover broken airplanes in the field to get them patched up and home. Here was one that took a week and a half to find and fix.

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Lets see how much of this we can take apart.

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This airplane isn't fun to fix anymore.

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But after a few days of troubleshooting, in a very hard to get to spot on top of the number three engine, found where a main power feed wire rubbed through a signal wire causin' the fault.

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Simple fix, but hard to accomplish.

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Anyway, like always, we get and keep 'em flyin'.

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