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Close Encounters of the Worst Kind

These photos are a reminder that, while there is often an lot of humor in the business of aviating, there are also serious consequences to mistakes and uncontrollable circumstances. Some of the photos need very close scrutiny.

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            (As always, we desire to give full credit where due. If anyone knows the source of any of these photos, please provide that information, and we will pass it along. They are just too good to keep hidden, but we are highly concerned about proper credit and permission.)

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  The bottom of an almost perfect loop.

(This picture and the accompanying  text have been making the internet circuit for some time now and deserve posting here. If anybody knows the pilot, photographer, or writer, let us know. We would love to give credit where much is due.)

This photo was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan of a helo rescue mission. The pilot is a PA National Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the ass end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear. If this does not impress you ... nothing ever will. Gives me the chills and a serious case of the vertigo ... I can't even imagine having the nerve ... much less the talent and ability ... God Bless our military.

 

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