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Pic of the Day: Apache Rescue

by John Reed on January 13, 2012

Happy Friday, given the amount of attention we’ve given to helicopters this week, I thougt I’d give you a killer helo image. This great picture from a few years ago shows an AH-64 Apache crew practicing a rescue technique where a soldier rides shotgun aboard the aircraft’s side sponson. It’s similar to a method AH-1 Cobra crews have used since the Vietnam war to rescue troops who can’t wait for a transport chopper. Basically, the passenger sits on the Cobra’s open ammo bay door and clings to anything he can while he’s whisked away. This method was famously used in 1968 to rescue future USAF Chief of Staff Gen. Ron Fogleman from capture by the Viet Cong when his F-100 was shot down in Vietnam.

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