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Pete chipped in that rain actually wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all because it would soon form a thick coating of ice, and he figured a coating of ice would at least make a good wind breaker. ” However, when he added something about how the army (me) couldn’t handle the cold without whining, I immediately put the aircraft out of trim on his side until we all could hear the wind noise coming from his mic. ” he said. We flew on in silence for a while, freezing, until eventually, someone else piped up: “You know, this sucks…” Bob was scanning his sector outside and occasionally glancing in at the dimly lit instruments.
His rotors were stopped and the ramp was down. With an ‘Up’ call from Chalk-Two, I rolled the throttle up to flight and we repositioned to a couple of small pads near the Halo. As we shut down, all manner of cargo was pouring out of the bowels of that monster, including a couple of F250 trucks, pallets, boxes, lengths of steel, pipe and plywood. It looked like they were setting up for market. Curious, I walked the short distance over to the Halo for a closer look. Inside the hold, the loadmaster was busy coordinating the unloading of his aircraft.
You see, to us, the guys on the ground are the real men – like the two special forces commo guys who were all alone at a forward operating base for months without relief (the base is named after a heroic special forces soldier who died there). If aliens suddenly abducted those two remaining soldiers, there wouldn’t be so much as a whisper on national news, but they continue to serve their country while forsaking their families and personal lives, day-in and day-out. Over time, I have become immune to and do not notice the subtle change that takes place in me when flying in a hostile environment.
American Armored Funnies: U S Special Armored Vehicles in Combat 1942-1945 (Armor at War 7052) by Steven J. Zaloga