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Posted: 4/18/2006 4:21:57 AM EST
I'd say very effective if they don't have to deal with RPGs and heavy machine guns in the LZ.

I picked up a book on this outfit and they have some of the coolest toys on the planet. But it seems like helicoptes are bullet/RPG magnets and when they go down, a lot of hard-to-replace guys (remember the +/- 12 SEALs in A'stan?) go with them.


Link Posted: 4/18/2006 4:34:20 AM EST
I would venture and say that they are probably the most effective at what they do.

They are trained to excellence in flying at night and low visibility and going into crowded areas where troops need to be.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:30:05 AM EST
Best helo pilots in the US military, or any military for that matter.
Their flight hours cast a shadow over any other military unit.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:31:16 AM EST
I'm glad they're on our side.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:50:22 AM EST
I've worked with a few down here, a great bunch of guys. By FAR one of the most professional soldiers I've run into. They know their shit, I would not want to be fighting against them.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:51:50 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:52:49 AM EST
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:53:36 AM EST
They're 87 percent effective!

Okay?
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 5:58:59 AM EST
My brother seems to think they are pretty effective, but I think he might be biased since he runs FARP teams in the 160th.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 6:03:56 AM EST
They are the HSLD badasses of the chopper world. Too bad they fly choppers
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 6:05:30 AM EST
I've met a few of the pilots at the MacDill Air Shows and they seemed like really good guys, knew their shit. They definitely have some cool gear.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 6:41:27 AM EST
They seem very down to earth (pardon the pun), too. I met a few last year at an event in DC. Rangers, SEALs, and 1st SFG were there, too, doing the dog & pony for Congressional funds.

Flying helos isn't easy to begin with, and doing so with minimal depth perception (NVGs) is even more impressive. None braver....
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 6:46:06 AM EST
Never met any of the pilots, but I went to BNCOC with their mechanics last year and that was the most obnoxious, un professional group of NCO's I've ever met.

I'm sure the Unit is extremely good at what they do. But their mechanics are first class assholes.


Sorry, just venting.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 6:49:09 AM EST
I've seen first hand what those guys are capable of, and I have no doubt that they are the best helo pilots in the world.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 6:49:56 AM EST
They are the skyborne equivalent of our special warefare teams that operate on the ground. So I'd say they are pretty damn good at their job.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 7:00:46 AM EST


Originally Posted By triburst1:
I've seen first hand what those guys are capable of, and I have no doubt that they are the best helo pilots in the world.




Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
Top notch. Second to none.




Originally Posted By Troy:
They have no equal at what they do.



Well said, guys.

The guys I know from the 160th are consummate Special Operations warriors. Quiet professionals.

Link Posted: 4/18/2006 7:01:40 AM EST

Originally Posted By markm:
They're 87 percent effective!

Okay?



Shut the fuck up. That shit is getting fucking old. Jesus.
Link Posted: 4/18/2006 7:12:22 AM EST

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:
Top notch. Second to none.



Yup.
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