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Old 04-11-2012, 10:20 PM
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Pictures while using frequent flyer miles

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' *** around the world.

Afghanistan has quite a few high and cold mountains.



Little bit of angle and dangle.







Just reach out and touch 'em.



How we roll...



Gates of Hell ain't far from Kandahar.



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.



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...



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



Climbin hard and fast.





Fly me to the moon...



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



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



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









Nothin' quite like an Afghanistan sunset.



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Old 04-11-2012, 11:06 PM
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Awesome pictures. Great view from up front!
Sure like that beer shot too.
 
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Always enjoy your pics. Keep up the good work
 
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Great photos, even greater work!
 
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Old 04-12-2012, 12:11 PM
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Awesome photos!
 
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Old 04-12-2012, 01:14 PM
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Thanks all.

Originally Posted by SETCHAN View Post
Sure like that beer shot too.
I normally just drink Coors Light all the time, but when out and about I'll sometimes try new things.

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Originally Posted by adrianspeeder View Post
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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.....<snip>...
The developer that did that also bought the QE2 and converted it into either condos or a hotel there as well.

They hit the wall with a real estate bubble as well, it is not going so hot anymore.
Gives a place for the rulers of the 'Stans to park their oil money ( that should be going to the people ).
The daughter of one of them owns 2 or 3 places there, her younger brother ( ~ 10 ) has 2 I think.
 
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Originally Posted by adrianspeeder View Post
Thanks all.



I normally just drink Coors Light all the time, but when out and about I'll sometimes try new things.

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Ewwwww!

Thanks to you for doing the job you do!

Thanks for the pics. Enjoyed them.
 
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the snow covered mountains kind of looked like a sea with white tipped waves! very cool and that glass shot reminds me i need a drink!

PS thanks for your service!
 
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:25 PM
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I normally just drink Coors Light all the time
That's not beer.
 
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Old 04-13-2012, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by adrianspeeder View Post
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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That looks like a massive dock/port for boats, but i could be wrong
 
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Cool pics.

FWIW, here is a little more info on that Palm from Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Islands
 
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:49 PM
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That's not beer.
Sho nuff is and is yummy. I'll also like bud and bud light.

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:11 PM
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You, sir, have NO taste in beer - just like most Americans.
 
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great pics. Thank you for your service sir! I have a couple of buddies in Egypt right now..
 
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