Apache

#1
Something for the lurking AAC walts to enjoy.

I assume the non-walting AAC will have read the original hardcopy version already.

After 22 years in the British army, which included a tour in Afghanistan, Ed Macy was eager to begin civilian life, but because of a shortage of experienced weapons officers on the Apache AH Mk.1, he was recalled. In 2007, as part of an effort to contain a resurgent Taliban, Macy was sent on a raid on Taliban headquarters in the Helmand province, farther south than any British troops had ever been.

Lieutenant Colonel Rob Magowan’s battle group mapped the Taliban main supply route from Pakistan, locating five staging areas where fighters and supplies were concentrated. These became the primary targets for the Army Air Corps’ Operation Glacier. Macy’s company, the 656 Squadron, Apache helicopter company—call sign “Ugly”—was tasked with destroying the route, beginning with a site near the village of Koshtay and moving steadily north. The success of the first raid paved the way for the second part of Operation Glacier.

The following excerpt is from Apache, by Ed Macy (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2009). In a few instances, names of individuals have been changed to protect their safety.

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#2
I walted to my hearts content with the hard-copy already (available free from Lambeth Libraries, and probably a library near you).

On a side note, anyone know if you have to be British (for security clearance) to fly Apaches?
 
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cloudbuster

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#3
cupoftea said:
On a side note, anyone know if you have to be British (for security clearance) to fly Apaches?
No.

Other Apache operators are available.
 
#5
The-Lord-Flasheart said:
cupoftea said:
On a side note, anyone know if you have to be British (for security clearance) to fly Apaches?

Nope. We even have Welsh people flying them.
:lol:
 
#6
During a sortie I once filmed my face with a video camera as an experiment. My eyes whirled independently of each other throughout, like a man possessed.
“That’s disgusting,” my wife Emily said when I showed her the tape. “But does it mean you can read two books at once?”
I tried it. I could.



I can watch two porno films at the same time... will they let me fly an Apache?
 
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cloudbuster

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#7
jab_nurse said:
I can watch two porno films at the same time... will they let me fly an Apache?
No, but you're almost qualified for Gazelle. Do you eat quiche?
 
#13
cloudbuster said:
jab_nurse said:
I can watch two porno films at the same time... will they let me fly an Apache?
No, but you're almost qualified for Gazelle. Do you eat quiche?
Thought quiche and other high fat foods were the preserve of Lynx Pilots. Gazelle pilots are treated like the poor relatives arent they?
 
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cloudbuster

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#14
"Quiche-eaters" is an epithet that used to be applied to those crewing the sperm-shaped machine. As in "Real Men don't eat quiche."
 
#15
Oh I see. Having my roots in Bowsermonging I only witnessed the very many instances when Gazelle pilots tried to get into the aircrew rations but were barged side by Lynx pilots eager to hide their horde.
 
#17
Porridge_gun said:
They hid it in them, like their butt plugs
Back in your box Gimp.
 

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