American Mercenary Pilot Shot Down In Libya

MrMemory

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Lucky escape for this chap, Jamie Sponaugle, a former US Air Force mechanic who, according to the Washington Post was a fighter pilot for hire on Mirage jets for the Libyan Air Force, before being shot down by rebels. When he was captured he claimed to be a Portuguese national called Jimmie Reese, the same name as a character played in the film Jack Reacher by Tom Cruise.

After six weeks of detention by the forces he'd just been trying to kill he was returned to the Libyans and now is apparently on his way home.

According to the report, although it may seem odd that that a mechanic would be flying planes in a war zone, a pilot that is also a highly-skilled aircraft mechanic, capable of maintaining his own aircraft would be exactly what an employer of a free-lance fighter pilot would be looking for.

See below for video of his capture.

ETA video address
https://us.videos.epicio.net/public/full30/videos/MDIwNTky/transforms/854x480.mp4
 
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Lucky escape for this chap, Jamie Sponaugle, a former US Air Force mechanic who, according to the Washington Post was a fighter pilot for hire on Mirage jets for the Libyan Air Force, before being shot down by rebels. When he was captured he claimed to be a Portuguese national called Jimmie Reese, the same name as a character played in the film Jack Reacher by Tom Cruise.

After six weeks of detention by the forces he'd just been trying to kill he was returned to the Libyans and now is apparently on his way home.

According to the report, although it may seem odd that that a mechanic would be flying planes in a war zone, a pilot that is also a highly-skilled aircraft mechanic, capable of maintaining his own aircraft would be exactly what an employer of a free-lance fighter pilot would be looking for.


Video of his capture at the bottom of this link.

Mercenary Pilot Captured In Libya Identified As US Air Force Veteran

I clicked the link and got about 200 adverts for Viagra substitutes, vaginal toning and belly fat removal.

Is Jimmy Reese in cahoots with Saga Holidays?
 

MrMemory

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I have a sneaking suspicion that this thread is not going the way that the OP thought it might...
 
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His name - Jamie Spunkgargle - is surely sufficient to raise concerns about the veracity of the link.
 
Lucky escape for this chap, Jamie Sponaugle, a former US Air Force mechanic who, according to the Washington Post was a fighter pilot for hire on Mirage jets for the Libyan Air Force, before being shot down by rebels. When he was captured he claimed to be a Portuguese national called Jimmie Reese, the same name as a character played in the film Jack Reacher by Tom Cruise.

After six weeks of detention by the forces he'd just been trying to kill he was returned to the Libyans and now is apparently on his way home.

According to the report, although it may seem odd that that a mechanic would be flying planes in a war zone, a pilot that is also a highly-skilled aircraft mechanic, capable of maintaining his own aircraft would be exactly what an employer of a free-lance fighter pilot would be looking for.

See below for video of his capture.

ETA video address
https://us.videos.epicio.net/public/full30/videos/MDIwNTky/transforms/854x480.mp4
Just for one sec...just really for once sec...I thought it would another guy taking an airliner and doing loops before hitting down..
 
I clicked the link and got about 200 adverts for Viagra substitutes, vaginal toning and belly fat removal.

Is Jimmy Reese in cahoots with Saga Holidays?
Ads are based on your browser history. Having trouble getting your slack vag to stand to attention, tubs?
 
Had obviously seen this character in films
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Every time I see Agent Powers, I'm reminded of a bloke on a video that was shown on the Landing Point Commander course at Odiham. It was quite a few years old and featured mainly Gazelles. The guy who was presenting it was very Austin Powers, everyone in the room, instructors included, were laughing.
 

MoleBath

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Useful phrases if captured


AKBAR KHALI-KILI HAFTIR LOFTAN.= Thank you for showing me your marvelous gun.

FEKR GABUL CARDAN DAVAT RAEH GUSH DIVAR.= I am delighted to accept your kind invitation to lie down on the floor with my arms above my head and my legs apart.

SHOMAEH FIKR TAMOMEH GEH GOFTEK BANDE.= I agree with everything you have ever said or thought in your life.

AUTO ARRAREGH DVATEMAN MAMO SEPAHEH-HAST.= It is exceptionally kind of you to allow me to travel in the trunk of your car.

FASHAL-EH TUPEHMAN NA DEGAT MANO GOFTAM CHEESHAYEH MOHEMA RAJEBEH KESHAVAREHMAN.= If you will do me the kindness of not harming my genital appendages I will gladly reciprocate by betraying my country in public.

KHREL JEPAHEH MANEH VA JAYEII AMRKAHEY.= I will tell you the names and addresses of many American spies travelling as reporters.

BALLI, BALLI, BALLI!= Whatever you say!

MATERNIER GHERMEZ AHLIEH, GORBAN.= The red blindfold would be lovely, excellency.

TIKEH NUNEH BA OB KHRELEH BEZORG VA KHRUBE GOYAST INO BERGERAM.= The water-soaked bread crumbs are delicious, thank you. I must have the recipe
 
The inane “Allah Akhbar” thing seems to be used as punctuation for muslim combatants- much the same as “f*ck” is for us.
 
How do you go from being a B3 spanner monkey to flying Mirage jet's, hours involved and cost ain't cheap. Oh, I know, I'll become a mercenary fighter pilot...........I would imagine that there are plenty of well qualified high hours individuals out there already.
 

Whining Civvy

Old-Salt
It was probably his first flight and he was still figuring out what button/lever did what.

Hey, this is harder than it loo...<BANG>
 

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