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« Reply #60 on: March 22, 2016, 06:31:25 PM »

AIN'T GOT NO ALIBI

"Ugly" being a callsign used by the UK Apaches in Afghanistan.
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« Reply #61 on: March 22, 2016, 07:30:17 PM »

Great shot Joe, perfect framing by the dust cloud before it enveloped the copter, great timing!
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« Reply #62 on: May 28, 2016, 10:50:36 AM »

TAK-TAK-TAK-TAK-TAK
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« Reply #63 on: May 28, 2016, 10:51:05 AM »

Great shot Joe, perfect framing by the dust cloud before it enveloped the copter, great timing!

Thanks Harvey!
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« Reply #64 on: May 28, 2016, 11:24:55 AM »

Very cool shot Joe, where did you shoot this from? When I worked on the ranges at Gila Bend, we would find these casings all over the TAC ranges.
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« Reply #65 on: May 28, 2016, 01:20:15 PM »

Thanks Harvey.  This was out at Range 3, the one on the east side of the 85.  I went out there with a Brit Apache pilot who was trained as a range officer.  They do this because there are some differences in the terminology used by Brit and US range controllers ('Cleared Green' vs 'Cleared Hot') being one example, and with these being student pilots, it's just easier for the Brit instructors to pull double-duty as range officers than to have the students learn an entirely new vocabulary, especially when live ordnance is involved.

I thought going out to the range for this article would have yielded some great shots, with Apaches hovering close to the tower and engaging the 'rag' targets with the 30mm.  Instead, it was A LOT of watching a very distant Apache engaging a tactical target that was even further away.  The only time they came close was on the one offset-while-moving gun pass they made as part of their first live-fire serial.  It gave me something to tell the story, so it wasn't a total waste of a trip, but it was certainly different than I thought it would be.
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« Reply #66 on: April 19, 2017, 10:00:15 AM »

[/url]The Cavalry Has Arrived by Thomas Backus, on Flickr[/img]
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